Northrop grad Kilby named Mackey Award Tight End of the Week

Eastern Michigan's Nigel Kilby, left, catches a pass in front of Missouri's Anthony Sherrils, right, during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

NEW YORK – The John Mackey Award has named redshirt freshman Nigel Kilby (Fort Wayne, Ind.-Northrop) as its Tight End of the Week, today, Oct. 5. The first-year tight end had a career game in EMU’s 28-25 win over Bowling Green State University, Oct. 1.

Kilby finished the contest as EMU’s leading receiver, notching career-highs with 92 yards on five receptions and a crucial touchdown, which gave EMU a 21-10 lead. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native is Eastern’s leading receiver this season with 256 yards on 15 receptions and three scores. It is the first weekly award of any kind in Kilby’s young EMU career.

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 semi-finalists.

With the win on Saturday, the Green and White moved to 4-1 on the season, its best start since 1995, and 1-0 in league play. The MAC-opening victory marked the first for the Eagles since 2005.

The Eagles return home Saturday, Oct. 8, for the school’s 96th Homecoming against the University of Toledo. Kickoff against the Rockets is set for 3 p.m. at “The Factory” inside Rynearson Stadium.