SAN JOSE -- It's been a big week of individual accolades for San Jose State senior tight end Ryan Otten.

He was named a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award on Monday and on Wednesday he was announced as one of the first nine participants for the Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl, played Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala., is considered the top post-season all star game with the most exposure to NFL scouts.

Otten has caught 36 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns this season. He's San Jose State's career leader in receptions and yards for a tight end with 115 catches for 1,574 yards.

The Mackey Award, which honors the nation's top tight end, will announce its finalists on Monday. The group of eight semifinalists includes Stanford's Zach Ertz.

"It's an honor and it's exciting and it's cool," Otten said. "Hopefully we'll have another good week this week and maybe I'll slip into the final three. It helps us that we've been winning this year."

The Spartans (8-2) host BYU (6-4) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The game airs on ESPN2.

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