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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue redshirt senior tight end Payne Durham was named to the 2022 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, which was announced Friday. 

The John Mackey Award is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding tight end. Last season, Colorado State's Trey McBride was the recipient of the award before being selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2022 NFL Draft. 

Durham, who enters his fifth season with the Purdue football program, appeared in 12 games for the Boilermakers during the 2021 season, which included 10 starts. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound target caught 45 passes for 467 yards and six touchdowns. 

By the end of the year, Durham earned recognition as an All-Big Ten honorable mention and was also a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award nominee. He was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection. 

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Durham and the Purdue football team are scheduled to start their season on Thursday night, Sept. 1, against Penn State at Ross-Ade Stadium. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will be aired live on FOX.

2022 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List

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