CJ Conrad earns more pre-season recognition
Senior TE CJ Conrad has now been placed on three watch list. CJ Missed the last two games of 2017 and chose to return for his senior year. CJ had 16 receptions for 286 yards and 4 TD's in 2017 and looks to improve on those numbers after a solid offseason of rehab and that has earned him a nomination to the watch list for the Mackey Award. The Mackey Award recognizes the most outstanding tight end in college football and this is the second straight year he has been on this watch list. Number 87 not only takes care of business on the field, weight room and the class room but he is one of the most active wildcats in the community. Conrad had been placed on the watch list for the Wuerffel and the Allstate Good Works Team. Here is some of the information provided by the UK Media Relations team on his works off the field. "He was chosen to participate in a one-week service trip to the Dominican Republic in 2017 where he interacted with residents of impoverished communities, visited an orphanage, constructed park benches in a sugar cane village, distributed food to the hungry, visited a nursing home and spent time with special needs children at a local daycare. In the spring of 2017, Conrad befriended nine-year old cancer patient Ryan Cremeens of Richmond, Kentucky. Ryan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in the summer of 2016, a soft-tissue muscle tumor that had grown in his sinus cavity. Conrad heard about Ryan’s illness and along with several teammates, began visiting him in the hospital. Cremeens had most of the tumor removed and underwent 42 weeks of chemo and seven weeks of radiation. Conrad and his teammates were present at the hospital to help Ryan celebrate his last day of chemotherapy and ring the bell, which celebrates the end of chemo treatments. Conrad invited Cremeens to be his special guest at the 2017 Blue/White Spring Game and run out of the tunnel with the team. Conrad has also been a guest speaker at several local schools and organizations and in his hometown of LaGrange, Ohio, talking about leadership. Conrad’s mission is to educate and help provide opportunities to young children from small towns like himself, the chance to succeed on and off the field by using the game of football. In addition, Conrad has volunteered with Amachi Central Kentucky along with 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member Courtney Love. Amachi is a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one of both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way. In addition, Conrad is a frequent visitor at Kentucky Children’s Hospital."
For more information on these awards an details on CJ Conrad you can click on the links below to go to the UK Media Relations Team page for each announcement.