NEW YORK, N.Y. — WKU Football senior tight end Mik’Quan Deane has been named to the
2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, the committee announced Friday morning.
Deane returns as the Hilltoppers’ top receiving tight end, catching 11 passes for
143 yards and one touchdown last season.
Those numbers put Deane second among WKU tight ends in 2017 behind Deon Yelder, who
was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints. Deane caught at
least one pass in five games, including a career-long 34-yard reception on Sept. 16
vs. Louisiana Tech. He scored his first career touchdown on a 20-yard strike in the
second quarter on Oct. 14 vs. Charlotte.
In his first career start on Nov. 4 at Vanderbilt – in place of an injured Yelder –
Deane racked up career-highs of five receptions and 57 yards against the SEC club.
The Hilltoppers have a storied tradition that includes the likes of Yelder, Jack
Doyle (2009-12, currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts), Tyler Higbee (2013-15,
currently plays for the Los Angeles Rams), Mitchell Henry (2011-14, played for the
Green Bay Packers from 2015-16) and others.
Deane is 1-of-63 student-athletes to be listed, including only 1-of-4 from
Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient has
been selected by a vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee since 2000. The
2018 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on Dec. 5, and then presented live on
Dec. 6 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the
tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role
model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his
commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the