Charlie Kolar now a two-time Finalist for the John Mackey Award


November 23rd, 2021 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior All-American tight end Charlie Kolar is one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award for the second consecutive season.

The Mackey Award is given annually to the nation’s best tight end. Kolar is joined by Trey McBride (Colorado State) and Jalen Wydermyer (Texas A&M) as finalists for the award, which will be announced at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9.

Kolar is the greatest tight end in Iowa State history, earning All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors twice in his career. Kolar is also a finalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, given annually to college football’s best scholar-athlete.

A native of Norman, Okla., Kolar is Iowa State’s all-time tight end career leader in receptions (159), receiving yards (2,083) and touchdown catches (22), all totals No. 1 among active NCAA tight ends.

Kolar, who has produced ISU’s top three single season receiving yard totals by a tight end (697 in 2019; 658 in 2021, 591 in 2020), is fifth nationally this season among NCAA tight ends in catches per game (5.3) and receiving yards per game (65.8). He also has five touchdown catches.

The Cyclone star broke ISU tight end school marks for catches (12) and receiving yards (152) at Oklahoma on Saturday, tallying eight receptions and 123 receiving yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter alone.

In his last two games, Kolar has 20 receptions for 228 yards and three touchdowns.

Kolar has a caught a pass in 34-straight games, the second-longest streak in school history and the nation’s seventh-best active streak