The John Mackey Award is awarded each year to college football’s top tight end. This year, University of Michigan senior Jake Butt has been bestowed with this honor.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 7, 2016
Butt, a senior from Pickerington, Ohio and co-captain of the team this season, gave credit to his coaches and teammates upon receiving the award:
“It’s a great honor first and foremost, especially for this team. One thing Coach Harbaugh says, ‘A rising tide raises all ships.’ So it’s great to win this award. I want to thank the guys in this group; this is our award, really it’s not a one-man award. I really thank everyone on this team, this coaching staff, my position coach Jay Harbaugh my family and everyone that’s helped me achieve this great award. I’m really appreciative of that.”
So far this season, Butt has 43 receptions for 508 yards and 4 touchdowns. He holds the receiving record at Michigan for tight ends with 135 career catches for 1,618 yards.