Wolf has started 23 of 25 games in his career with the Volunteers, including all 12 regular-season games last season, when he had 23 catches for 301 yards and two touchdowns. In 2014 he was the first true freshman starter at tight end in Tennessee program history. His younger brother Eli Wolf is a redshirt freshman tight end at Tennessee.
OU opens the season Sept. 3 by hosting Texas State at Peden Stadium in Athens. Tennessee begins its season by hosting Appalachian State at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 1. OU plays at Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 17.
“It’s definitely an honor,” said Mangen, whose older brother Clay Mangen runs the Northmont strength program and also is the Thunderbolts’ tight ends coach. “Just to see the people you’re put in company with, it was a very humbling experience.”
A selection committee will vote on the winner, which will be announced on Dec. 7 and presented on Dec. 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show (ESPNU). It is one of 22 awards sponsored by the National College Football Awards Association.