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Zach Ertz finalist for top tight end in country

The Stanford tight end is one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, given to the top tight end in college every year.

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz is one of three finalists for the 2012 John Mackey Award, which goes to the top tight end in the country, it was revealed on Monday.

The 6'6 junior joins Washington Huskies sophomore Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Notre Dame senior Tyler Eifert.

Ertz is having a career year with 58 receptions for 747 yards and six touchdowns. He has eclipsed 100 total yards twice this season and has a touchdown in his last three games. He currently leads the Stanford Cardinal in receptions, total yards, touchdowns and has the team's second-longest touchdown reception on the year.

For his career, Ertz has 101 receptions for 1283 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Previous John Mackey Award winners include Dallas Clark, Kellen Winslow, Heath Miller, Fred David and Aaron Hernandez.

The award is given out during the Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.