NEW YORK, N.Y. — After a career game in WKU’s 45-14 win over Charlotte, senior Deon
Yelder has been named John Mackey Tight End of the Week, it was announced Wednesday
morning. Yelder had career highs of seven catches for 92 yards – all in the first
half – while scoring his second touchdown of the season, a 8-yarder on the
Hilltoppers’ opening drive.
It was the second time this season the Louisville native has been honored by the
John Mackey Award Selection Committee, previously earning honorable mention status
after recording six receptions and 54 yards – while adding a two-point conversion
rush – vs. Louisiana Tech in Week 3. Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews (four catches for 104
yards and a touchdown) and Arkansas State’s Blake Mack (six catches for 63 yards and
two touchdowns) were each honorable mention in Week 7.
Among WKU’s 15 receivers who caught at least one pass, Yelder led them all with his
seven receptions. Overall, his 92 yards sat behind wide receiver Kylen Towner’s game
(and career) high of 111. Yelder had “chunk” plays in the second quarter of 25 yards
from quarterback Mike White and 26 yards on a trick play pass from wide receiver
Nacarius Fant. On the season, Yelder ranks second on the Hilltoppers with 24
receptions and 272 yards, which includes three “chunk” plays. Meanwhile, his two
touchdowns lead the club – to go along with a pair of two-point conversions.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the
annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to
individual play by tight ends during the active season. The John Mackey Award is a
member of the NCFAA which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college
football. The 23 awards boast over 745 years of tradition-selection excellence.
The Hilltoppers travel to Old Dominion (2-4, 0-2 C-USA) on Oct. 20 for a Friday
Night Lights matchup against the Monarchs with the first kick at 6 p.m. Fans are
encouraged to wear white to match the team’s uniform. It is the last game for the
Red and White before the squad’s open weekend.
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