(press release courtesy nassausports.org)

Bethpage, N.Y. (November 9, 2011) - Ladarius Green of Louisiana was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The Sun Belt Conference senior recorded a career high 13 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-35 win over rival ULM. With ULM leading 14-0, Green's first touchdown got Louisiana on the scoreboard early in the second quarter and his second touchdown gave Lousiana a 21-14 lead shortly before halftime. Green also recovered an onside kick with his team trailing 35-30 that led to the game winning drive with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter. Other candidates considered for this week's Mackey Tight End of the Week include Ryan Otten of San Jose State and David Paulson of Oregon. The John Mackey Award Semi-Finalists will be announced on Monday, November 14, 2011 at www.nassausports.org.

The 2011 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 8, 2011 on ESPNU. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.

The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sponsored by Briarcliffe College, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official website, www.ncfaa.org.