Hoomanawanui Named To Mackey Award Watch List

Illini senior TE Michael Hoomanawanui today was named to the John Mackey Award watch list.
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

Jeffrey Anderson JR UAB
Jake Ballard SR Ohio State
Greg Boone SR Virginia Tech
Nate Byham SR Pittsburgh
Jeff Cottam SR Tennessee
Ed Dickson SR Oregon
Richard Dickson SR LSU
TC Drake SR Kentucky
Charlie Gantt JR Mich St.
Riar Geer SR Colorado
Garrett Graham SR Wisconsin
Jermaine Gresham SR Oklahoma
Rob Gronkowski JR Arizona
Aaron Hernandez JR Florida
Mike Hoomanawanui SR Illinois
Blaine Irby JR Texas
Jeron Mastrud SR Kansas St.
Anthony McCoy SR USC
Mike McNeil SR Iowa
Tony Moeaki JR Nebraska
Ryan Moya SR UCLA
Logan Paulsen SR UCLA
Dennis Pitta SR BYU
Andrew Quarless JR Penn St.
Kyle Rudolph SO Notre Dame
Weslye Saunders JR South Carolina
Cody Slate JR Marshall
Tommy Trott SR Auburn
DJ Williams JR Arkansas
Ben Wooster SR Wake Forest