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USC Tight End Tyler Petite named to Mackey Award watch list

USC Senior Tight End Tyler Petite named to the Mackey Award watch list, given to the best tight end in the nation.

NCAA Football: Southern California at California John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The preseason recognition continues for USC, this time it’s at tight end. USC Senior tight end Tyler Petite was named to the John Mackey award watch list on Friday morning. The Mackey award is given to the best tight end in the nation.

Tyler Petite was once of the key factors for the USC offense last season. Daniel Immatorbhebhe missed time with a lower body injury which made Petite the No.1 tight end on the roster. During his junior season Petite had 23 receptions for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns which were all career highs for him. Petite was also an All-Pac-12 Honorable mention for the 2017 season.

At 6’4 the senior tight end will once again look to be one of the key targets in the passing game for whoever USC names at quarterback this season. The depth at tight end this season will be a little more deeper with a healthy Daniel Imatorbhebhe, sophomore Josh Falo, and freshman Erik Krommenhoek battling for rotation time.

The last USC tight end to win the Mackey Award was Fred Davis back in 2007. He is also the only Trojans tight end to win the award. Petite will be looking to be the second Trojan tight end to take home the Mackey award.