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CSU football's Trey McBride wins Mackey Award as nation's top tight end

The Colorado State standout is now officially the best tight end in college football.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Trey McBride made history tonight in Fort Collins. He became the first ram to ever receive the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football’s most outstanding tight end. 

“I was just shocked and speechless and just so honored and grateful,” said McBride. “It’s such a huge award and I’m beyond blessed.” 

While accepting the award, the Fort Morgan native was overcome with emotion, talking about his brother Toby, who has played alongside him for four years at CSU. 

“It’s been such an honor to play Division I football with my brother.  I’ve spent so much time, so many hours working out and doing so many things with him. It’s just finally all starting to pay off. I’m so grateful he was here. To top off my career with this award is just so special with him sitting next to me.” 

>>The video below is reaction from the night Trey McBride was announced as the Mackey Award winner 

Also sitting next to Trey were his parents, Jen and Kate McBride, “I’m just so excited for him. If he can do this in college, imagine what he’s going to do at the next level,” said Kate. Jen talked about what his accomplishment means to their hometown, Fort Collins, “It’s huge. We’re a small community. Very close-knit community. It’s awesome.  It’s a big deal for a little town like this.” 

This season, McBride caught 90 receptions for 1,121 yards, becoming the first CSU tight end to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a single season, breaking the Mountain West record for yards by a tight end. The yardage ranks as the fifth-best season by an FBS tight end in history. Toby McBride knew his brother was the best from the start. 

“I knew when I was a freshman here [at CSU]. We had a great tight end in Dalton Fackrell. I went up to coach [Mike] Bobo and I told him, you know, ‘Dalton is great but my brother is even better than this guy.” 

McBride will forever be a Fort Morgan legend as he continues into the next phase of his life: the NFL. Trey says being a role model has always been his goal, “ I want to be that role model for kids and for people to look up to me and want to play and be like me so this is such a cool honor and I’m so grateful.” 

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