Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer is a finalist for the Mackey Award.

The John Mackey Award is annually given to the top tight end in the nation. For the award, Mayer will be going up against Georgia tight end Brock Bowers and Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta.

If Mayer wins the award, he would join Tyler Eifert as the only other Notre Dame tight to win the award. Eifert won the award in 2012 and Mayer is looking to do the same 10 years later.

In Week 13, Mayer stamped his ticket as a finalist with his performance against USC. Mayer had 8 receptions, 98 yards, and 2 touchdowns. For the entire season, Mayer has been the key target of Notre Dame’s passing attack. Mayer leads the team in receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns.

On the season, Mayer has recorded 69 receptions, 809 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. Mayer leads all tight ends in the country in receiving touchdowns.

Mayer, who is a junior, could decide to enter the 2023 NFL Draft at the end of the season. If this is Mayer’s last season, he will be remembered as one of the most dominant tight ends in recent history.

The John Mackey Award winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. ET.