Gavin Escobar Named a Mackey Award Semifinalist

Nov. 12, 2012

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - San Diego State football junior Gavin Escobar has been named one of eight semifinalists for the 2012 John Mackey Award, given annually to the most outstanding tight end, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced today. Escobar is one of just two non-seniors of the eight semifinalists.

In 11 games this season, Escobar leads the Aztecs in receptions (35), receiving yards (483) and receiving touchdowns (5). Escobar, who is averaging 13.8 yards per catch, also leads SDSU with 19 first down grabs and 10 receptions for 20 or more yards.

For his career, Escobar has 115 catches (18th in program history) for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns. Among tight ends, Escobar ranks in a tie for seventh in the nation in receiving touchdowns (5), eighth in receiving yards (483) and tied for 10th in receptions (35). Among tight ends since 2011, Escobar ranks third in touchdowns (12), fourth in yards (1,263) and fifth in catches (86).

The three finalists for the 2012 John Mackey Award will be announced next Monday (Nov. 19) with the winner selected at The Home Depot College Awards Red Carpet Show on Dec. 6.

SDSU, which has won six consecutive games for the first time since 1995, is 8-3 this season and tied for first in the Mountain West with a 6-1 record. San Diego State, one of seven teams in the country which hasn't had a bye yet, is off this weekend before traveling to Wyoming for its regular season finale on Nov. 24. A win against the Cowboys gives the Aztecs at least a share of a conference title for the first time since 1998.