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BOULDER – Senior Nick Kasa is one of 26 players to be named to the 2012 John Mackey Award midseason watch list, an award presented annually to the country’s best tight end on December 6 in Orlando at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Off to a solid start to the season, Kasa has 11 catches for 239 yards and three touchdowns over the course of six games. He is averaging a team-best 21.7 yards per reception and has six catches of 20-plus yards. In a tough loss against Arizona State last Thursday, Kasa was one of the bright spots with a season best four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.

In the last three weeks, he has 10 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns.

The former defensive end is in his first season at tight end and is also known for his vicious blocking abilities. On special teams, he is among the team leaders with four knockdown or springing blocks and has also forced two fair catches on the punt unit. At 6-6, 260, he runs in the 40-yard dash in the 4.55 range.  

The John Mackey Award is in its 12th season and is managed by the Nassau County Sports Commission, a non-profit organization sponsored by Briarcliffe College. The recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The winner will be presented live on December 6, 2012 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show airing at 4:30 p.m. MT on ESPNU. Since 2000, the John Mackey award has listed 11 NFL players as alumni.

CU's Daniel Graham won the award in 2001 in its second year of existence. His position coach that year was CU head coach Jon Embree. Embree also coached Marcedes Lewis at UCLA when he won the award in 2005.

Semifinalists for the 2012 John Mackey Award will be named on November 12 and finalists on November 19.