With award watchlists going up over the next two weeks, two Bears have been nominated for national award consideration for their on-field play. Tight end Ray Hudson is up for the Mackey Award, an award given to the most outstanding tight end in college football. Center Addison Ooms is up for the Rimington Trophy, an award given annually to the best center in college football.
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First, Hudson was named to the Mackey Award watchlist after coming back to the tight end spot, a position that he played in high school, but one he hadn't consistently played at Cal due to the offense not utilizing the position. With Beau Baldwin at the helm of the offense and one of head coach Justin Wilcox's first goals being to revitalize the TE position, Hudson will be a key cog in the offense this year. Hudson's versatility at the spot was on display during the spring, as he lined up both split out and attached to the line, and caught the winning touchdown pass during the spring game.
In a release from Cal Athletics this morning, Hudson had this to say:
"I am honored to be on the watch list for the John Mackey Award," Hudson said. "It is a great privilege to represent the University of California."
During his time at Cal, Hudson has played in 34 games over the last three seasons, with nine starts. He's caught 34 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns during that time. Hudson is the first Bear on the Mackey Award watchlist since Richard Rodgers in 2012.
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Secondly, Ooms was named to the Rimington Trophy watchlist, which is another peak on his journey from walk-on to scholarship athlete. Ooms earned a scholarship this spring, and currently stands as the most tenured lineman on Cal's offensive line. During a spring fraught with offensive linemen moving around and changing positions, Ooms stayed at center, providing stability in the middle while the Bears face a relatively uncertain offensive line situation going forward.
The former Mater Dei offensive lineman has played in 15 games over the past two seasons, starting 12 a year ago and being one of only two offensive players to start every game (Davis Webb being the other). Ooms is the first Bear on the Rimington Trophy watchlist since Brian Schwenke in 2012.