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Oklahoma State’s Jelani Woods named to 2020 John Mackey Award preseason watch list

The redshirt junior tight end had 16 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown this past season.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Jelani Woods was one of 36 players named to the 2020 John Mackey Award preseason watch list, which was announced Friday by The Friends of John Mackey.

The Oklahoma State tight end had 16 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown in 13 games (12 starts) this past season. Woods, now a redshirt junior, also played an important role in run-blocking for Chuba Hubbard and company out the backfield.

In 2018, Woods’ numbers were better with seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He also missed the final two games of the season with an injury.

Woods is among four Big 12 players on the watch list for the award, which is given annually to college football’s most outstanding tight end since 2000. Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar, Oklahoma’s Austin Stogner and TCU’s Pro Wells also made the watch list.

The award winner will be selected by vote from the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The winner will be announced and presented in December.