Following his three-touchdown performance in Ohio State’s 42-0 win against Akron Saturday, Buckeye tight end Jake Stoneburner was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassua County Sports Commission on Wednesday.
The junior became the first tight end in modern OSU history to record three touchdown receptions in one game. Stoneburner is also the eighth Buckeye player at any position to accomplish the feat.
Stoneburner finished Saturday’s game against Akron with four catches for 50 yards, with the longest catch coming on a 28-yard touchdown strike from redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman.
Stoneburner, who had just two career scores before Saturday’s game, is now locked in a tie for eighth place among the Top 10 tight ends in OSU history.
John Lumpkin played tight end for the Buckeyes from 1996–1998 and holds the school record with 10 touchdowns.
The 2011 recipient of The Mackey Award, which goes to the most outstanding tight end in the Football Bowl Subdivision, will be announced on Dec. 8.
Stoneburner will look to move closer to overtaking Lumpkin’s career record for touchdowns by an OSU tight end on Saturday at noon when the Buckeyes battle the Toledo Rockets (1-0) at Ohio Stadium.