STARKVILLE, Miss. – After hauling in a career-high four passes for 70 yards and scoring the game’s first touchdown on a 60-yard bomb, Mississippi State junior Malcolm Johnson has been tabbed as the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.
Johnson, who hauled in the long ball from Dak Prescott, put the Bulldogs ahead of Kentucky 7-0 nearly four minutes into the contest last Thursday night and helped MSU to a 28-22 victory, the program’s fifth-straight triumph over the Wildcats. The win pushed Mississippi State to 4-3 and the program owns back-to-back campaigns with a winning record through seven games for the first time since 1999-2000.
The touchdown reception in the opening quarter was Johnson’s first of the campaign and the second-longest pass play of the season for MSU. Three of Johnson’s four catches versus the Wildcats were good for first downs.
This season, the Tuscaloosa, Ala., native stands third on the team with 14 receptions and 191 yards, good for an average of 13.6 yards per grab.
Honorable mentions for this week's John Mackey Tight End of the Week include Rob Blanchflower of Massachusetts, Gerald Christian of Louisville and Gator Hoskins of Marshall.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by tight ends during the active season. The 2013 John Mackey recipient will be presented live on December 12, 2013, at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show at 5 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
Johnson was also tabbed as the College Football Performance Awards Tight End of the Week. Joining Johnson on the CFPA awards this week is junior wide receiver Jameon Lewis, who caught a touchdown pass, ran for a ground score and threw a TD pass during Thursday night’s game against Kentucky. Lewis is an Honorable Mention All-Purpose Performer of the Week.
Johnson, Lewis and the Bulldogs return to action Saturday at No. 14 South Carolina. The game is slated for an 11:21 a.m. CT kickoff and will be broadcast on SEC TV.