April 11, 2014
Rising sophomore wide receiver Jamir Tillman (Las Vegas, Nev.) was named the winner of the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award on Friday afternoon in Bellino auditorium.
The Admiral Mack Award is presented to the most improved player during spring football drills as voted on by the coaching staff. It is just the fourth time a wide receiver has earned the honor in the 39-year history of the award. The last wide receiver to win the award was Jeff Gaddy in 2001. The other two receivers to win the award were Ross Scott in 1994 and Shaun Stephenson in 1995.
"Jamir Tillman had a very good spring camp and has a bright future in this offense,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. “He worked hard in the offseason and has gotten stronger. He will provide Keenan Reynolds a big target next year and has really improved on his blocking.”
Currently listed as a starter at wide receiver, he played in seven games last fall as a plebe and caught two passes for 12 yards.
Tillman is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Gorman High School, where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track & field. He was an All-State selection in football as a senior, catching 58 passes for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was rated the 16th-best player in the state of Nevada and served as team captain his senior year.
He was a member of four state championship football teams at Bishop Gorman and two state championship basketball teams. The Bishop Gorman football team was ranked 15th in the country his senior year. He hails from the same high school as former Navy football players Evan Palelei and Sam Womack.
Tillman’s father, Cedric, played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos (1992-96) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1997).
The Admiral Mack Award was initiated in 1976 and is named in honor of Vice Admiral William P. Mack, the Naval Academy Superintendent from 1972-75, who was a strong supporter of the school's intercollegiate athletic program. Admiral Mack’s widow, Elsie, was on hand to present the award to Tillman.