Mike Gesicki

Penn State's Mike Gesicki (88) points to the fans after a touchdown against Michigan during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Penn State won 42-13. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

Penn State University’s senior tight end Mike Gesicki is one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, an honor given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.

The 2014 Southern Regional High School graduate has 42 receptions for 419 yards with five touchdowns this season. Gesicki also is tied for eighth in the Big Ten in with 4.2 receptions per game and is 10th with five receiving touchdowns.

Gesicki was named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Sept. 12 after catching two touchdown passes in a 33-14 victory over Pittsburgh.

He was also a midseason All-American selection by Sports Illustrated.

Gesicki has 114 grabs in his career, which ranks 10th in Penn State history and is the most by a tight end.

Gesicki has 1,337 career receiving yards, which is ranked 19th in program history. He needs just six more yards to tie the Nittany Lions record for a tight end.

Gesicki joins teammates Saquon Barkley and DaeSean Hamilton as the second running back, wide receiver and tight end trio to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in Big Ten history.

The John Mackey Award is named after NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey, who is considered to be the best tight end player. The finalists will be announced Nov. 20 and the award will be announced Dec. 6.

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