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September 6, 2005Greg Olsen of the University of Miami was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The Atlantic Coast Conference sophomore just edged out Marcedes Lewis of UCLA for this week's honor by catching eight passes for 137 yards. As a freshman in 2004, Olsen served as the team's No. 2 tight end. This year, coaches are saying he could be better than Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow Jr. or Bubba Franks.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week, recognizing solely on-field receiving performance, is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment has no formal significance on the final John Mackey Award selection process.
The Nassau County Sports Commission, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to enhance quality of life in "America's First Playground" through sports, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The 2005 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced mid-December and presented at the annual awards dinner on May 1, 2006.