ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia true freshman Brock Bowers has been named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award given to the nation’s most outstanding tight end, according to an announcement by the award.


Bowers, a native of Napa, Calif., is one of two semifinalists from the Southeastern Conference and the only freshman on the list.  The winner of the Mackey Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9.


Orson Charles was the last Bulldog to be named a semifinalist for the Mackey Award in 2011.  In fact, Charles represents the only Georgia tight end to be named a finalist since the award started in 2000.


Bowers has started seven of eight games for the Bulldogs and leads the team with 26 catches for 454 yards and six touchdowns.  The two-time SEC Freshman of the Week took his only career carry 12 yards for a touchdown at Vanderbilt.


The No. 1 Bulldogs (8-0, 6-0 SEC) play host to Missouri (4-4, 1-3) on Saturday.  ESPN will televise the matchup at noon.