Penn State's Kyle Carter named to Mackey Award list as top tight end

The inclusion and emphasis of the tight end in Bill O'Brien's schemes is one of the biggest differences in this season's offense. Now, one of O'Brien's top tight ends is getting recognized as one of the top performers in the country.

Penn State redshirt freshman Kyle Carter was named to the mid-season watch list for the 2012 Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end.

Carter is the only freshman of the 26 Mackey Award candidates. He is one of four Big Ten players on the list.

Through six games, the Bear, Del. native is second on the Nittany Lions with 23 catches, including three for 20 yards or longer. In total, Carter has 297 yards (12.1 per game) and one touchdown.

-Emily Kaplan