Silsbee senior offensive lineman Kanon Mackey has the strength to lead the Tigers to another playoff run – with state in his eyes. He will be moving from tackle to guard this year. -Photo by Daniel Elizondo
Silsbee senior offensive lineman Kanon Mackey isn’t too worried about his role as an offensive lineman.
Having played the position since his sophomore year on varsity, Mackey has become a prized blocker for the Tigers and is now entering his final season in high school.
What makes this player special isn’t just his athletic ability, but his family history that is very rich in football.
Mackey is a third generation football player and is hoping to extend his playing time to become the third generation pro player.
“I guess there is some pressure there of trying to follow in their footsteps,” Mackey said. “But I don’t dwell on that fact and just do what is best for our team.”
Mackey’s father, Kyle, is offensive coordinator of the Silsbee Tigers and once played for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. His grandfather played for the New York Jets.
Mackey’s best isn’t too shabby though, having verbally committed to Texas State University in San Marcos for the upcoming season.
And that isn’t all of the family that is in football. His cousin Garrett Drake, a 2011 graduate of Silsbee High School is entering his sophomore season at Lamar University as a defensive back.
“I just felt like Texas State was a good place to be,” Mackey said. “I really connected with them and like their offensive line coach a lot.”
Aside from his upcoming college career, Mackey is like all the rest of the Silsbee Tigers, ready to tackle the season with a pre-season state ranking in class 3A.
And while the team prepares, he sets the tone as a senior leader for the season.
“I don’t think we would be where we are at with the commitment from our team,” Mackey said. “We are driven and want to take it game by game.”
It is no doubt the Silsbee Tigers have a target on their backs. But it doesn’t phase Mackey and the rest of the Tigers.
One goal for sure is to win District 21-3A and defeat West Orange-Stark this season. And with the group returning from a regional finals appearance last year, it isn’t a far-fetched goal.
“We like to live up to the expectations,” Mackey continued. “It isn’t easy to lose. It gets you ready for that next game. That was hard against Carthage and I think that is a team I would like to face again.”
Mackey is every bit of 6-3, 275 pounds and can bench 290 pounds.
After losing three on the offensive line from last season, Mackey is set to lead three inexperienced at the position including two sophomores side-by-side.
“We are very excited about our season,” Mackey said. “We have put in a lot of work and continue to work hard. And like I said, if we get a loss, then we will work that much harder to get better.”