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Moeaki named a Mackey finalist

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- University of Iowa senior tight end Tony Moeaki has been named a semi-finalist for the 2009 John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end. The announcement came Monday from the Nassau County Sports Commission in Manhasset, NY.

Moeaki, a 6-4, 250-pounder from Wheaton, IL, joins seven other top collegiate tight ends on the semi-final list. The 2009 John Mackey Award finalists will be announced November 23rd. "The Mackey" winner will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 10th in Orlando, FL.

Moeaki has caught 26 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns. He has started eight of Iowa’s 11 games. He sat out three early season games due to injury. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 30-28 win over Michigan.  He caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns in that contest. He had scoring receptions of 34 and 42 yards. He was also named Mackey Tight End of the Week following the Michigan win.   

In addition to Moeaki, the other semi-finalists are Dorin Dickerson (Pittsburgh), Ed Dickson (Oregon), Aaron Hernandez (Florida), Anthony McCoy (USC), Dennis Pitta (BYU), Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame) and Cody Slate (Marshall). The eight semi-finalists were determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Selection Committee.

Iowa hosts Minnesota Saturday at 11:02 a.m. in its regular season finale. The game is sold out. ESPN will televise the contest to a national cable audience.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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