NEW YORK, N.Y. — Coming off a career high performance vs. Louisiana Tech, senior
Deon Yelder has been named John Mackey Tight End of the Week honorable mention, it
was announced Tuesday morning. Yelder had six catches for 54 yards – both career
bests – and scored a two-point conversion on a trick play rush in the first
Wake Forest’s Cam Serigne was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week with two
catches for 52 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown. Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews joined
Yelder as the other honorable mention candidate with four receptions for 76 yards.
Yelder came into the 2017 season with no offensive statistics, but earned a spot at
the top of the WKU depth chart out of Fall Camp. Against Eastern Kentucky in Week 1,
made four receptions for 40 yards, then caught one pass for 17 yards at Illinois.
Through the first three games, the Louisville native ranks third on the team with 11
grabs for 111 receiving yards; six of those receptions have gone for first downs.
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 host Ball State (2-1) on Saturday, Sept. 23 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.
“I really appreciate the honor and I’m just going to continue to grind and continue
to learn from Coach Mahaffey and the other guys in the room with me. Playing behind
guys who are in the league now who taught me stuff is a big blessing,”
“Deon is a guy who works hard every single day, he takes his responsibilities
seriously both on and off the field. I think the production that you’re seeing is a
reflection of all the work he has put in. That’s a real testament to him, his
character and the type of person who he is,” said Coach Ryan Mahaffey.
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