Lutzenkirchen, Blake on watch lists

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Auburn junior tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen was named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top tight end, Wednesday, the same day teammate Emory Blake was named to the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top receiver.

Lutzenkirchen, one of 34 players on the Mackey watch list, caught 15 passes for 185 yards and five touchdowns last year, including the eventual game-winner in the Tigers’ 28-27, come-from-behind win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

The 6-foot-4, 253-pounder from Marietta, Ga., is expected to take a larger pass-catching role in the offense this season and even worked as a slot receiver in Auburn’s spring game.
Blake is one of 75 receivers mentioned on the Biletnikoff list, including 12 from the SEC.

The 6-1, 197-pound junior is the Tigers’ leading returning receiver, catching 33 passes for 554 yards and eight touchdowns last year.

Lutzenkirchen is one of four SEC tight ends to make the Mackey list, along with Brandon Barden (Vanderbilt), Orson Charles (Georgia) and Michael Williams (Alabama).

Blake joins Alabama’s Duron Carter, Darius Hanks and Marquis Maze, Arkansas’ Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Cobi Hamilton and Jarius Wright, Georgia’s Tavarres King, LSU’s Rueben Randle, Mississippi State’s Chad Bumphis and South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery as SEC candidates for the Biletnikoff.

Arkansas’ D.J. Williams, a fifth-round selection of the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Draft in April, took home the Mackey Award last year, and Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon—who is on the Biletnikoff watch list this year—won the receivers’ award last season.

Lutzenkirchen and Blake make three Auburn players to make a preseason watch list, after sophomore running back Mike Dyer was named one of 66 to watch for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding player, Tuesday.

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