Two Penn State tight ends have been named to the John Mackey Award Watch List — juniors Kyle Carter and Jesse James.

The award honors the nation's top collegiate tight end.

Penn State joined Oklahoma and Oregon as the only two schools with multiple selections to the 40-player preseason watch list.

James enters his junior campaign as the team's leading returnee in receptions and receiving yards, and was named preseason All-Big Ten by Sporting News, which selected one all-conference team, earlier this offseason. James has made 18 starts in his initial two seasons, tied for fourth-highest on the squad. The former South Allegheny High School standout made 25 catches for 333 yards and three touchdowns in 2013, starting every game. His 13.3-yard average was second only to All-America wideout Allen Robinson.

Carter was tied for third on the team with 18 receptions for 222 yards and one game-winning touchdown. He was a mid-season candidate for the John Mackey Award, after being the only freshman on the award's mid-season watch list in 2012. The vastly talented and athletic Carter was a consensus Freshman All-American during the 2012 campaign.