Kolar named Mackey Award semifinalist

Nov 27, 2020; Austin, Texas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones tight end Charlie Kolar (88) avoids tackle from Texas Longhorns defensive back Caden Sterns (7) in the third quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight season, Iowa State’s All-American tight end Charlie Kolar is one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the best tight end in college football.

Kolar, a junior from Norman, Okla., leads all Big 12 tight ends and ranks in the top-10 nationally in receptions (33), receiving yards (446) and touchdown catches (5) in nine games played.

Kolar currently holds the fifth-longest reception streak in school history at 22 games and is the leader of perhaps the best tight end room in college football. Kolar, along with Chase Allen and Dylan Soehner, have combined for 64 receptions and 854 receiving yards to lead all FBS tight end units.

During this past Saturday’s win over West Virginia, Kolar became the program’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end (95) and has 15 touchdown catches during his career to rank fourth in program history and first amongst tight ends.

Kolar and the No. 9 Cyclones will face Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game on Dec. 19 in Arlington, Texas.

Jared Stansbury


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