Penn State sophomore Kyle Carter, who is returning from a serious wrist injury, has been named to the preseason “watch list” for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.
Carter is one of only three sophomores among the 37 candidates.
Carter was a consensus first-team Freshman All-American and first-team All-Big Ten pick by the media last fall after ranking second on the Nittany Lions with 36 receptions for 453 yards. He was the only freshman to rank among the Big Ten leaders in receptions and receiving yards per game in 2012.
He made six catches for 20 or more yards despite missing three of the last four game due to injury.
His biggest game was six receptions for 85 yards, including a highlight over-the-shoulder first-half catch, in the 38-14 victory at Iowa. He was then named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.