JONESBORO, Ark. (7/19/19) – Arkansas State junior tight end and 2019 preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection Javonis Isaac was named Friday to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, issued annually since 2000 to the nation’s most outstanding college football tight end.


Isaac is one of 60 tight ends across the country on this year’s watch list for the prestigious award.  He joins Blake Mack (2017) and Darion Griswold (2014-15) to become the third all-time A-State player to earn the recognition.


Isaac was named Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference last season after ending the season with 12 receptions for 210 yards and four touchdowns despite missing three games due to injury.  His totals for receiving yards and touchdowns ranked as the second and third most in the league among tight ends, respectively.


The Lafayette, La., native was a Phil Steele’s Second Team All-Sun Belt pick a year ago as well.  Heading into the 2019 season, he has also been tabbed preseason first team all-conference by Lindy’s, Street & Smith’s, Athlon Sports and College Football NewsPhil Steele’s listed him as the 30th-ranked draft eligible tight end in the nation.


The 2019 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on Dec. 11 and then presented live on Dec. 12 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.  The Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.


Arkansas State is set to open its 2019 season Aug. 31 with a 6:00 p.m. kickoff at Centennial Bank Stadium against SMU.  Season tickets are available for purchase through the A-State Ticket Office, located at First National Bank Arena’s lower red entrance, in person, by phone at 870-972-2781 or online by visiting