JONESBORO, Ark. (7/11/17) – Arkansas State senior Blake Mack has been named to the 2017 watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end in the nation.

Mack, who appeared on the list as a junior in 2016, joins Darion Griswold (2014-15) as the only two players in school history to have appeared on the award's watch list in back-to-back seasons.

A second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection, Mack played in all 13 games and caught 34 passes for a team-high for 652yards and three touchdowns. He ranked ninth in the SBC with 50.2 receiving yards per game and averaged a team-high 19.2 yards per reception, which also ranked as the 18th best in the nations. He caught at least one pass in 11 games and had multiple receptions in 10 games, including a seven catches for 82 yards against Utah State. H

He was named a John Mackey Award Honorable Mention Tight End of the Week honoree on Sept. 28 after recording eight receptions for 142 yards against Central Arkansas.

Season tickets for the Red Wolves' 2017 football campaign, which includes six home games, are available for purchase. Arkansas State has had 12 consecutive seasons with a winning record at home and has won 30 of its lasts 36 games at Centennial Bank Stadium.

Single game tickets will be available for purchase beginning Aug. 1.

Tickets may be purchased through the A-State Ticket Office, located at the Convocation Center's lower red entrance, in person, by phone at 870-972-2781 or online by clicking the “Tickets” link located at the top of the home page.