Evan Engram wins Ozzie Newsome Award as nation’s best tight end

Published 11:04 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The postseason awards continued for Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram on Wednesday.

Engram was named the winner of this year’s Ozzie Newsome Award, which is annually presented to the best tight end in college football by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Engram will be presented with the award on Feb. 4 during the 62nd Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards in Columbus, Ohio.

Engram, who’s already won the Conerly Trophy as Mississippi’s best collegiate football player and was a coaches first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection on Tuesday, led Ole Miss in receptions (65), yards (926) and receiving touchdowns (8) in 11 games. The senior missed the Egg Bowl with an injured hamstring.

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Engram leads all tight ends nationally with 5.9 receptions per game and 84.2 receiving yards per game. A four-year starter, he’s the nation’s active leader among tight ends with 2,230 receiving yards and either owns or is tied for the school record for catches, yards and touchdowns in a season and a career for a tight end.

Engram, who will participate in the Senior Bowl next month, was not a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which annually goes to college football’s most outstanding tight end. Michigan’s Jake Butt won the award with 43 catches for 518 yards and four scores.