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UM’s Clive Walford named finalist for John Mackey Award

Miami Hurricanes tight end Clive Walford gains yardage against North Carolina at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Nov. 1, 2014.
Miami Hurricanes tight end Clive Walford gains yardage against North Carolina at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Nov. 1, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Clive Walford is another Hurricane who is glad he returned for his senior season.

Walford, who leads all Miami pass-catchers with 40 receptions this season and ranks second on the team with 627 receiving yards, was named a finalist for the John Mackey Award on Tuesday.

Also named finalists were Florida State senior Nick O’Leary and Minnesota sophomore Maxx Williams.

Walford, who has seven touchdowns, has amassed 127 and 105 receiving yards, respectively, in his past two games against FSU and Virginia.

Not receiving the recognition many believe he deserves was Hurricanes junior tailback Duke Johnson, who was not among the three finalists announced Tuesday for the Doak Walker Award. Those finalists (in alphabetical order): Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska, Tevin Coleman of Indiana and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin.

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