David Wells Named to John Mackey Award Watch List
July 11, 2017
NEW YORK -
San Diego State senior David Wells (Clovis, Calif.) has been named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, the Friends of John Mackey announced Tuesday. The annual award goes out to the most outstanding collegiate tight end in the country.
One of 55 on the initial John Mackey Award Watch list, Wells is the first Aztec on the list since Gavin Escobar was a semifinalist in 2012. Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 14 with the finalists released a week later (Nov. 21). The winner will then be selected by a vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee on Dec. 6 and presented live on Dec. 7 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
Last year, Wells caught 25 passes (tied for third on the team) for 294 yards (11.8 avg.) and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns were tied for the 22nd most in the country among tight ends. According to Pro Football Focus, Wells caught 25 of the 29 passes thrown his way in 2016, the top percentage in the country (86.2) among tight ends (min. 8 receptions). Considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the country, Wells also caught a 2-point conversion. He was a second-team all-MW selection last season.
Wells has racked up numerous preseason accolades heading into his final collegiate campaign, earning first-team all-Mountain West honors by Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports, Phil Steele Magazine and Street & Smith's. Additionally, CBS Sports rating him as the 10th-best tight end in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Aztecs are coming off an 11-3 season, knocking off Wyoming, 27-24, in the MW Championship game and Houston, 34-10, in the Las Vegas Bowl, to finish with a No. 25 ranking in both the AP Top 25 poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. It is just the second time that SDSU has been ranked in the final AP poll in program history (also 1977). The 11 wins tied a school single-season record as San Diego State became the first team in program history with back-to-back 11-win campaigns.
2017 Aztec football season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Season tickets start at $125, while mini plans start at $90. Fans can purchase tickets at GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting Qualcomm Stadium's Window E Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.