Clemson tight end Allen captures Mackey Award

Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen was named the recipient of the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.

The junior collected 48 receptions for 577 yards and eight touchdowns for the Tigers, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the first time since 1991. Allen reeled in two touchdowns in a 38-10 victory over Virginia Tech.

“I want to thank head coach Dabo Swinney, my position coach Danny Pearman, offensive coordinator Chad Morris and all of my teammates,” Allen said. “They have all had a great impact on our success this year and they are the reason I am here tonight.”

His two touchdown catches gave him one more than former Pittsburgh Steeler great Bennie Cunningham had in 1974 when he was named a first-team All-American. Allen now has 12 touchdown receptions for his career, tied for first in school history with another former Steeler tight end, John McMakin.

Allen is the third Clemson player to win a national position award. In 1982, Terry Kinard was named CBS National Defensive Player of the Year. Last year Da’Quan Bowers won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the top defensive player in the nation, and won the Ted Hendricks Award as the top defensive end.

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