MANHASSETT, N.Y. - Branden Ledbetter was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The Mid American West Conference senior recorded six receptions for 40 yards and the game winning touchdown in overtime as Western Michigan edged out Buffalo 34-28.
Ledbetter is already the program's most prolific touchdown-catching tight end (19) but also ranks third among tight ends at WMU in receptions (122) and receiving yards (1,392). He is third among active tight ends in Division I (FBS) in touchdowns. He is one score away from having six receiving TDs for the third-straight season.
He was put on the John Mackey Watch List for the second-straight season prior to 2008 and so far is the only Mid-American Conference tight end to earn a weekly award and one of only two tight ends from Non-BCS Conferences (Dennis Pitta - BYU).
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process.
The Nassau County Sports Commission, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to enhance quality of life of Nassau County residents through sports, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The 2008 recipient of “The Mackey” will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show live December 11, 2008 on ESPN and presented at the Nassau County Sports Commission Annual Awards Dinner on April 27, 2009.
For additional information, please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org or www.nassausports.org.