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Fresno State TE Rice added to Mackey Award watch list

Fresno State senior tight end Jared Rice was named to the John Mackey Award watch list Friday. 

The Mackey Award recognizes the most outstanding tight end in college football. Rice was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list Thursday, which recognizes the best pass catcher in college football. 

This is the second year in a row that Rice is on the Mackey Award watch list. He didn’t make the semifinalist cut last season, but was honored as an honorable mention for tight end of the week on Oct. 17, 2018 by the award organization. 

The honorable mention came after Fresno State’s win against Wyoming, in which Rice had seven receptions for 94 yards. 

Rice was named to the All-Mountain West second team last season and started all 14 games. 

Rice is from Modesto and played football for Central Catholic High School. He joined the Bulldogs in 2015. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at