Stanford's Coby Fleener has been named to the 2011 John Mackey Award preseason watch list, which was released Wednesday by the Nassau County Sports Commission.
Given annually to the best tight end in college football, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The 2011 John Mackey winner will be presented live at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on December 8, 2011 at 3 p.m. (PST) on ESPNU.
A fifth-year senior, Fleener has appeared in 38 games, including 11 starts, over the past three seasons. He is coming off his most productive season to date last year, when he caught 28 passes for 434 yards and seven touchdowns. He hauled in a career-high six receptions for 173 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered by many to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
Meanwhile, Stanford's 2011 season opener against San Jose State on Sept. 3 at Stanford Stadium will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Kickoff time has been set for 2 p.m.
The Stanford-San Jose State series dates to 1900, with the Cardinal holding a 49-14-1 advantage in head-to-head meetings. The two schools last met during the 2009 season, with Stanford scoring a 42-17 victory at Stanford Stadium.
Under the direction of first year head coach David Shaw '94, Stanford returns 56 letterwinners, including 12 starters, from last year's team that finished the year with a 12-1 record, highlighted by a victory over Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl.
The San Jose State game marks the first of seven attractive home dates on Stanford's 2011 schedule, including contests against UCLA (Oct. 1), Colorado (Oct. 8), Washington (Oct. 22), Oregon (Nov. 12), California (Nov. 19) and Notre Dame (Nov. 26).
For ticket information regarding the 2011 season, please contact the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-STANFORD or visit GoStanford.com.
Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him on The Farm through the 2015-16 campaign.
"I am very excited about the future of our basketball program under Coach Dawkins," said Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby, who made the announcement. "Johnny and his staff have recruited very well and are on the brink of some very fun years ahead. Our team is young but very talented and I am confident of the growth and maturation in the years ahead. Johnny has done a tremendous job of leading our basketball program and is a perfect fit at Stanford."
Dawkins, 49-48 through his first three seasons, became Stanford's 17th head coach on April 28, 2009, after completing 11 years as a member of the Duke coaching staff. For the previous nine seasons (2000-08), Dawkins served as Duke's associate head coach and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1998-99.