Thanks to UT Athletics for portions of this posting

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tennessee senior tight end Ethan Wolf, a Minster grad,  was named to the 2017 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List on Tuesday.

John Mackey Award Watch List
2017 John Mackey Award Watch List

Wolf’s younger brother Eli (6’4, 224), is a red shirt TE at Tennessee.

The John Mackey Award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the Mackey Award recipient will be announced on December 6th.

Wolf is a member of the Mackey Award Watch List for the second consecutive season. The Minster, Ohio, native enters his fourth year as a starter in 2017. He totaled 21 receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. His pivotal 20-yard touchdown catch against Florida in 2016 brought the Vols within 21-17 at the end of the third quarter during the eventual come-from-behind victory. Later in 2016, Wolf matched a season-high with four receptions for a season-best 44 yards and a 10-yard score against Kentucky.

Wolf had 23 receptions for 301 yards and two scores in 2015 and tallied 23 grabs for 212 yards as a true freshmen in 2014. For his career, the 6-6, 258-pounder has 67 receptions for 752 yards and four touchdowns, while making 34 starts and appearing in 37 games.

He ranks fifth in Tennessee history among tight ends with 752 receiving yards and is closing in on Jason Witten (797) and Luke Stocker (956).

Witten (2002) and Stocker (2010) are the only two Vols to be named semifinalists for the Mackey honor.
Wolf’s younger brother Eli (6’4, 224), is a red shirt TE at Tennessee.


While at Minster—


  • Played at Minster High School in Ohio for coach Geron Stokes
  • Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 13 tight end, No. 16 prospect in Ohio)
  • Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 15 tight end, No. 24 prospect in Ohio)
  • Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 20 tight end, No. 25 prospect in Ohio)
  • Rated four-star by Scout (No. 5 tight end)
  • Named Associated Press Second Team All-Ohio as a senior and junior
  • Earned First Team All-Midwest Athletic Conference honors in 2012 and 2013
  • Named to the Division IV First Team All-District team in his junior and senior years
  • As a senior, hauled in 41 receptions for 475 yards with five receiving touchdowns