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Student selected for John Mackey Award watch list

August 23, 2010

Colorado State tight end Eric Peitz received national recognition when the Nassau County Sports Commission named him one of 32 preseason watch-list candidates for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the country's top tight end.

Tight end shines in the classroom also

Following graduation, CSU Tight End Eric Peitz wants to be come a coach and teacher.

Eric Peitz, a 6-foot-5-inches, 258-pound senior from Crofton, Neb., is one of only six tight ends on the watch list from conferences that don’t automatically qualify their champion for the Bowl Championship Series. The last time a Colorado State player earned a spot on the Mackey watch list was Kory Sperry, now with the Miami Dolphins, in 2008.

“Eric is very deserving of this honor,” said Head Coach Steve Fairchild. “He’s one of the few tight ends out there that can do both. He can catch and he can block. And on top of all that, he’s an even better kid.”

Giving back

Majoring in biological sciences, Peitz owns a 3.68 grade-point average entering fall of 2010. A member of the College of Natural Sciences dean’s list, he was an academic all-conference selection following the 2009 season. Peitz expects to graduate in May and once his football career is over, has his sights set on giving back to the community by becoming a teacher and a coach.

“I like working with kids and coming from a small town, I understand the impact someone in that position can have on kids,” said Peitz, whose Crofton, Neb., home does not have a stoplight.

Determined to succeed

Peitz is back to full health this fall after missing the last half of spring practice. On a routine pass play this past April, his finger was nearly severed by a collision, but he’s now able to bend the finger and enters the year at 100 percent.

In 2009, Peitz had started all nine games at tight end until sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 9 against Air Force. He finished with 14 receptions for 114 yards (8.1 avg.) and three TDs, ending the year on an eight-game reception streak. A true senior, Peitz played right out of high school in 2007, replacing an injured Sperry.

Colorado State also nominated Peitz for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

John Mackey Award

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFL Players Association.

The John Mackey Award, presented since 2000, lists nine NFL players as alumni:

The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2010 John Mackey winner will be announced on Dec. 9, 2010.