Hurricanes fifth-year senior Clive Walford has been named one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end.
Walford leads UM in catches (40) and is nine catches of shy of passing Kellen Winslow Jr. for the most catches ever by a Canes tight end. Walford is already the career-leader in receiving yards (1,704) by a tight end in UM history and leads all tight ends nationally with a 15.7-yard yard per catch average this season. He's tied for second among tight ends with seven touchdown catches.
The other finalists are Florida State's Nick O'Leary and Minnesota's Maxx Williams.
Winslow is the only Hurricane to win the Mackey Award. He won it in 2003.
On Monday, senior Denzel Perryman was named a finalist for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker.
Running back Duke Johnson, a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, did not make the final cut. Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, Indiana's Tevin Coleman and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon were the three finalists selected.