NEW YORK, Dec. 4 -- Purdue's Tim Stratton Monday was named the winner of the inaugural John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation's top college tight end.
With Heisman Trophy candidate Drew Brees running the Purdue offense, Stratton caught 56 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns.
He was seventh in the Big Ten Conference and 41st nationally with 5.09 receptions per game.
A 6-4, 250-pound junior from Oak Brook, Ill., Stratton was an all-Big Ten selection and ranks among the top 13 in Purdue history in receptions (143), receiving touchdowns (13) and receiving yards (1,553).
North Carolina's Alge Crumpler and Todd Heap of Arizona State were the other finalists.
The Mackey Award was established earlier this year by the Nassau County Sports Commission and is named after Syracuse's John Mackey, an NFL Hall-of-Famer who played 10 years in the league and was selected to five Pro Bowls.