BATON ROUGE - LSU senior tight end Chase Clement has been named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation's top tight end, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced Tuesday.
A native of Thibodaux, La., Clement is a two-year starter at tight end with nine career catches for 138 yards and one touchdown that came on a one-yard strike from Jarrett Lee last season at West Virginia.
Clement is one of the most experienced offensive players for LSU with appearances in 40 games and nine career starts at tight end to his credit. He has also seen extensive playing time on special teams because of his athleticism and outstanding blocking ability.
Clement is one of seven candidates from the Southeastern Conference on the 33-player watch list, and he is the first Tiger named to the Mackey watch list since Richard Dickson was selected in 2008 and 2009.
The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee, and the winner will be announced live on Dec. 6 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.
LSU will open the 2012 season against North Texas on Sept. 1 in Tiger Stadium.
2012 NCFAA Preseason Watch List Calendar
Monday, July 9 - Bednarik Award (Tyrann Mathieu, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, Eric Reid) | Details
Tuesday, July 10 - Rimington Trophy (P.J. Lonergan) | Details
Tuesday, July 10 - Mackey Award (Chase Clement) | Details
Wednesday, July 11 - Lou Groza Award, Ray Guy Award
Thursday, July 12 - Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy
Friday, July 13 - Jim Thorpe Award
Monday, July 16 - Butkus Award, Lombardi Award
Tuesday, July 17 - Biletnikoff Award
Wednesday, July 18 - Davey O'Brien Award
Thursday, July 19 - Doak Walker Award
Friday, July 20 - Walter Camp Award
2012 John Mackey Award Watch List
Name, School, Year
Alex Bayer, Bowling Green, Jr.
Ted Bolser, Indiana, Jr.
Chase Clement, LSU, Sr.
Jack Doyle, W. Kentucky, Sr.
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, Sr.
Gavin Escobar, San Diego St, Jr.
Joseph Fauria, UCLA, Sr.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa, Jr.
Brandon Ford, Clemson, Sr.
Matt Furstenburg, Maryland, Sr.
Crockett Gillmore, Colorado St, Jr.
Chris Gragg, Arkansas, Sr.
Hubie Graham, Pittsburgh, Sr.
Ryan Griffin, Connecticut, Sr.
Chase Harper, Texas St, Sr.
Garrett Hoskins, Eastern Michigan, Sr.
Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi St, Soph.
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, Sr.
Jordan Najvar, Baylor, Jr.
Ryan Otten, San Jose St, Sr.
Chris Pantale, Boston College, Sr.
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin, Jr.
Mike Ragone, Kansas, Sr.
Kyler Reed, Nebraska, Sr.
Lucas Reed, New Mexico, Sr.
Jordan Reed, Florida, Jr.
Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, Sr.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington, Soph.
Dion Sims, Mich St, Jr.
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio St, Sr.
Levine Toilolo, Stanford, Jr.
Michael Williams, Alabama, Sr.
Luke Willson, Rice, Sr.