Winslow is first 'Canes' player to win Mackey

12/10/2003 - Miami Hurricanes

MANHASSET, N.Y. -- Miami's Kellen Winslow Jr. won the John
Mackey Award for the best college tight end Wednesday.

Winslow, the first Miami player to claim the award, beat
Florida's Ben Troupe and Pittsburgh's Kris Wilson in the voting.

"It's an honor and a thrill to be named the 2003 Mackey Award
winner," Winslow said in a statement released by the university.
"I wouldn't have any success without the help of my coaches,
teammates and family."

Winslow, whose father is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, leads
Miami with 55 catches, 11 short of the school season record. He
will receive the Mackey Award on April 19 at a dinner on Long

Mackey grew up on Long Island and played at Syracuse University.
He spent nine years in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts and one
with the San Diego Chargers and was inducted in the Pro Football
Hall of Fame in 1992.