Gavin Escobar Named John Mackey TE of the Week
Oct. 31, 2012
BETHPAGE, N.Y. - San Diego State junior football player Gavin Escobar has been named the national John Mackey Tight End of the Week, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced today.
Escobar had four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown (all in the first half) to lead the Aztecs to a 24-13 victory over UNLV on Saturday. The win was the fourth in a row for SDSU, which also became bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. It was Escobar's second 100-yard receiving game this year and fourth of his career.
In nine games this season, Escobar leads San Diego State in receptions (30), receiving yards (425) and touchdown receptions (5), while averaging 14.2 yards per catch. He has a team-high nine receptions for 20 or more yards and has at least one catch in 16 consecutive games.
Among tight ends, Escobar is tied for fourth in the country in receiving touchdowns, 10th in receiving yards and tied for 11th in receptions. Since 2011, Escobar leads all tight ends with 1,205 receiving yards and his tied for first with 12 touchdowns.
For his career, Escobar has 110 receptions for 1,528 yards and 16 scores. The 110 catches rank 21st in program history.
Earlier this month, Escobar was named to the 2012 John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List, given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, for the second consecutive year.
The semifinalists for the 2012 John Mackey Award will be released on Nov. 12, while the recipient will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on Dec. 6, 2012 on ESPNU.
The Aztecs (6-3, 4-1 Mountain West) look to continue their four-game winning streak when they travel to No. 19/14 Boise State (7-1, 4-0) at 8:30 p.m. MT Saturday.