Oct. 4, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek was named National Tight End of the Week Wednesday by the John Mackey Award after his performance in Marshall’s 38-21 win at Cincinnati Saturday evening.
The Myrtle Beach, S.C. native finished with six catches for 77 yards and three touchdowns. The latter two totals were career highs.
Yurachek’s TD receptions went for 14, 15 and 31 yards as Marshall jumped out to a commanding 24-0 halftime lead. His three touchdowns are the highest single-game total by a Marshall player since running back Remi Watson scored four in a win at Southern Miss in 2014 and it was the first three-TD catch performance since tight end Gator Hoskins had three at FIU in 2013. Yurachek now has 19 career touchdown receptions, third in school history among tight ends. He also has 33 straight games with a reception, a streak that stands fourth nationally.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week 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 during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The John Mackey Tight End of the Week honor will run until the announcement of the eight semifinalists.
Wednesday’s national award was the latest in what has been a decorated stretch for the program. Last week, Yurachek was named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, an honor that is given to the football student-athlete with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance. It is considered by many to be the “Academic Heisman”.
On Monday, quarterback Chase Litton was named a Star of the Week by the Manning Award for his Cincinnati performance, an outing where he completed 21 of 34 passes for 233 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He currently has a touchdown pass in 25 consecutive games, the nation’s second-longest streak behind Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (30).
The Thundering Herd (3-1) will begin its 2017 Conference USA slate at Charlotte (0-5, 0-1) Saturday evening at 6 p.m.