Beckum named finalist for Mackey Award

Wisconsin junior tight end Travis Beckum, a consensus first-team All-Big Ten Conference pick, Monday was named a finalist for the Mackey Award.

The Mackey Award is named after former Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey and is given annually the best tight end in the nation.

Fred Davis of Southern California and Martin Rucker of Missouri are the other finalists.

The winner is to be announced during the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6.

Beckum, an All-American while at Oak Creek High School, is No. 1 among tight ends in receiving yards (960) and No. 2 in receptions (73). The former mark is a UW record for tight ends. He also has six touchdown catches.

Beckum, who suffered a shoulder injury in the regular-season finale at Minnesota, needs 40 receiving yards in UW's bowl game to become just the fourth player in school history to finish with 1,000 or more receiving yards in a season.

If he catches three passes in the bowl game he will break the school record for receptions (75), set by wide receiver Lee Evans in 2001.

Davis leads USC in catches (49), receiving yards (753) and touchdown catches (six).

Rucker leads Missouri in catches (75) and is second on the team in receiving yards (739) and touchdown catches (eight).