Michigan tight end Devin Funchess headlines 2013 John Mackey Award preseason watch list

Michigan sophomore Devin Funchess hopes to improve on his successful 2012 season. - Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan sophomore Devin Funchess could be the first tight end in the Big Ten to win the John Mackey Award since 2002.

Another day, another watch list for a Michigan football player.

The John Mackey Award released its 2013 preseason watch list Tuesday, and sophomore tight end Devin Funchess was one of the 37 names atop the list.

Funchess caught 15 passes for 234 yards and five touchdowns in 2012.

Purdue’s Tim Stratton (2000) and Iowa’s Dallas Clark (2002) are the only Big Ten players to win the award, with Stratton winning in the award’s inaugural year.

Other Big Ten tight ends who made the watch list:

Briefly: No Michigan players made the 2013 Rimington Trophy preseason watch list – the award given to the most outstanding center in college football.

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