Jake Butt has officially cemented his status as the top tight end in college football.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the Michigan Wolverines star was named the winner of the 2016 Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end, beating out O.J. Howard of Alabama and Clemson’s Jordan Leggett.
“It’s a great honor first and foremost, especially for this team,” Butt said in a statement on the school’s official website.
“One thing coach Harbaugh says, ‘A rising tide raises all ships.’ So it’s great to win this award. I want to thank the guys in this group; this is our award, really it’s not a one-man award. I really thank everyone on this team, this coaching staff, my position coach Jay Harbaugh, my family and everyone that’s helped me achieve this great award. I’m really appreciative of that.”
This season, Butt recorded 43 catches for 518 yards and four touchdowns.