Illini senior TE Michael Hoomanawanui today was named to the John Mackey Award watch list.
July 29, 2009
University of Illinois senior tight end Michael Hoomanwanui was named to the 2009 John Mackey Award watch list, which was released by the Nassau County Sports Commission, today. Given annually to the best collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2009 John Mackey winner will be announced on December 10, 2009.
Hoomanwanui was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection after a junior season that saw him haul in 25 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns. The Bloomington, Ill., native is in his fourth year as a starter and is listed on every magazine's preseason list for conference honors.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists eight NFL players as alumni: Dallas Clark ('01) of the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham ('02) of the Denver Broncos, Kellen Winslow II ('03) of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller ('04) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marcedes Lewis ('05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Matt Spaeth ('06) of the of the 2008 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Fred Davis ('07) of the Washington Redskins and the 2008 John Mackey Award recipient Chase Coffman of the Cincinnati Bengals.
2009 John Mackey Award Watch List
|Jake Ballard||SR||Ohio State|
|Greg Boone||SR||Virginia Tech|
|Charlie Gantt||JR||Mich St.|
|Jeron Mastrud||SR||Kansas St.|
|Andrew Quarless||JR||Penn St.|
|Kyle Rudolph||SO||Notre Dame|
|Weslye Saunders||JR||South Carolina|
|Ben Wooster||SR||Wake Forest|