Kolar named Mackey Award semifinalist for third time

Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar (88) celebrates a touchdown against Oregon during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-Arizona Republic

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

NEW YORK – Iowa State two-time All-American tight end Charlie Kolar has been named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s best tight end.

Kolar is a three-time semifinalist for the prestigious award and was one of three finalists last year.

Kolar is the most decorated tight end in school history, earning All-America honors at the position in both 2019 and 2020.

The Norman, Okla., native owns most of ISU’s tight end records, including career receptions (134), receiving yards (1,783) and touchdown catches (19). His career touchdown catches rank third overall in school history and his 134 career catches is seventh all-time in the Cyclone record book.

Kolar, who has 28 receptions for 358 yards and two touchdowns in seven games played this year, has caught a pass in 31-straight games, the third-longest streak in ISU history and the nation’s seventh-best active streak.

Kolar is also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and is one of 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given annually to the nation’s best football scholar-athlete.

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