Utah star Dalton Kincaid snubbed by Mackey Award, college football public fumes
Utah’s top threat in the pass game, Dalton Kincaid, is not a finalist for the Mackey Award.
The trophy given to college football’s top tight end revealed its three finalists earlier this week. Georgia’s Brock Bowers, Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer, and Iowa’s Sam LaPorta were the three choices by a selection committee consisting of 13 members. Despite a résumé that clearly warrants inclusion, Kincaid was left off.
Utah fans and other media members were less than pleased.
Kincaid has stepped up in a major way this year since a season-ending injury to the Utes’ other star tight end, Brant Kuithe. His best game of the year came in one of Utah’s biggest — catching 16 balls for 234 yards and a score in the Utes’ 43-42 win over USC on Oct. 15.
His season numbers are mostly unmatched by the three Mackey finalists, and Kincaid has missed a game. Take a look at the résumés below:
|Dalton Kincaid, Utah||Brock Bowers, Georgia||Michael Mayer, Notre Dame||Sam LaPorta, Iowa|
|PFF receiving grade||92.3||80.9||91.6||82.6|
The Mackey Award’s stated criteria for voting reads that for consideration, a player “should be a ‘true tight end’ in the style of John Mackey, play on the interior line with blocking responsibilities and possess the potential to play tight end on the professional level.”
Bowers is viewed as the favorite to win the Mackey Award, which is curious considering a huge piece of his narrative push this season is his positional flexibility. Georgia uses Bowers everywhere, even as a runner. He’s also been named a semifinalist for the award given to football’s best wide receiver and a finalist for the award given to football’s best lineman.
LaPorta is having a fine season for a bad offense, and he drew the ire of many who were left wondering why Kincaid was excluded. Not to suggest any foul play, but it does seem noteworthy one of the 13 members of the selection committee is an Iowa alum.
Here’s some of the reaction to Kincaid’s snub:
To whom it may concern…@_DaltonKincaid TE NCAA Ranks:
Yards – 1st
Yards per game – 1st
Receptions per game – 1st
Touchdowns – 2nd
Receptions – 2nd
Only played in 11 games.
This is the BEST Tight End in the country.
Football Fans pic.twitter.com/GQMZaQM4V8
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) November 30, 2022
Among TEs in college football, Utah's Dalton Kinkaid is:
No. 1 in receiving yards (850)
No. 2 in receptions (66)
No. 2 in receiving TDs (8)
No. 1 in yards after catch (378)
Finalists for the Mackey Award:
Brock Bowers, Georgia
Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
Sam LaPorta, Iowa
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) November 30, 2022
Today I found out, that the Mackey Award is a political award, not an award about who the best at the position is.
— Isaac Asiata (@AsiataFive4) November 29, 2022
Can someone fill me in on how this guy is a Mackey Award finalist over Dalton Kincaid?? pic.twitter.com/QeXIAm0ZVD
— UTES (@MiamiUte9) November 29, 2022
Kincaid not winning the Mackey award, let alone being a finalist is one of the all-time snubs I can think of. Who are the people making these decisions? Are they even watching the games?
— Jeremy Olsen (@JeremyOlsen41) November 29, 2022
Weird that the best TE in America isn’t on this list. Almost like they’re not even watching football
— WrigleyvilleUte (@jhallito) November 29, 2022
The fact @_DaltonKincaid isn't a finalist is criminal, embarrassing, a joke, laughable, infuriating, disrespectful, shocking, upsetting, disappointing, sad, heartbreaking, disgusting, troubling, horrifying, confusing, irritating, insulting, disturbing, appalling & sickening
— Josh Reynolds (@JoshReynolds24) November 29, 2022
The fact that Dalton Kincaid is not a finalist for the Mackey award is criminal. We need the FBI to investigate this injustice. https://t.co/tqB3RhY9jO
— Dave Tibbs (@dtibbs1) November 29, 2022
The media should not be voting for anything, and I say this as a former Heisman voter who was based in the northeast. https://t.co/akAjkJ4jgI
— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) November 30, 2022
— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) November 30, 2022
This is inexcusable. https://t.co/p6vmLwk4JR
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) November 30, 2022
Weird. Another Pac-12 star not from USC goes unnoticed. But thank God they've cornered the market on ESPN's "valuable late night window" nobody outside the schools watch. https://t.co/jFsChUz2Da
— Steve Sandmeyer (@SteveSandmeyer) November 30, 2022
That’s a big miss. https://t.co/Jzg0UImdIe
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 30, 2022