Ebron Named Mackey Tight End of the Week

CHAPEL HILL– The national spotlight is certainly on Tar Heel tight end Eric Ebron. Following his record-smashing 199-yard performance against Miami last week, he has been named John Mackey Tight End of the Week.

The junior achieved a career high in receptions and his total receiving yards set a new all-time record by a UNC tight end.

The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is a designation set apart from the annual John Mackey Award handed out Dec. 12 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show. Ebron is also in the running for this honor, bestowed on the nation’s best tight end.


Ebron Represents Tar Heels on Mackey Award Watch List

CHAPEL HILL– Junior Eric Ebron is no doubt the premier offensive catalyst for the Tar Heels. And the nation continues to take notice.

Ebron has been named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List. 30 candidates were included on the prestigious list. The award goes to the most outstanding tight end in college football.

Ebron leads the team in both receptions and receiving yards. And he is on pace to eclipse his own school records in both categories.

Opponents must go out of their way to game plan for the dynamic tight end. Miami Head Coach Al Golden told WCHL earlier this week that there is really no way to fully shut down Ebron.

The winner of the Mackey Award will be selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and will be presented Dec. 12 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.


Tar Heels Ebron, Bodine Named to Preseason Award Watch Lists

CHAPEL HILL – Two more Tar Heel football players were named to 2013 Preseason Award Watch lists on Tuesday.

UNC tight end Eric Ebron and center Russell Bodine now join Tar Heels Bryn Renner and Kareem Martin as top candidates for national recognition for their respective positions. Thus far, UNC is a perfect four out of four on being named to 2013 award watch lists.

Junior Eric Ebron is in the running for the John Mackey Award. Last year, Ebron tallied 625 yards on 40 catches, scoring four touchdowns.

The John Mackey Award, established in 2000, is awarded annually to the top tight end in college football. In addition to demonstrating top-notch athletic prowess on the field, the award seeks to stand for good sportsmanship, academics and leadership.

Junior Russell Bodine is a candidate for the Rimington Trophy. Bodine is an essential factor to the success of the Tar Heel offense, starting with the ball on each and every down.

The Dave Rimington Trophy, awarded for the first time in 2000, goes to the player considered to be the best center in college football. A member of the National College Football Awards Association, the Rimington Trophy serves as a fundraiser for the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s fight against cystic fibrosis.

Next up will be the Lou Groza (place kickers) and Ray Guy (punters) awards. These watch lists will be released on Wednesday.