Halahuni on Mackey Award Watch List

JOE HALAHUNI, Oregon State senior tight end, may miss some early games this season. Despite that, he has been named to the 2011 John Mackey Award Watch List. The award is presented to the nation's top tight end.

Joe Halahuni, a Graham, Wash., native, has 66 career receptions for 879 yards. He has 10 receiving touchdowns, one shy of breaking into OSU's top-10 career mark.

Typically lining up in the H-Back position, Halahuni has only nine career starts, though he has seen considerable playing time the past two season.

His status for the beginning of the season is uncertain after his rotator cuff was repaired using arthroscopy surgery in early May. He is likely to miss most of practice in August and could potentially miss the first month of the season.

"He should be healthy and ready to go at the start of September," Riley told BF.C back in May.

The Mackey Award will be presented Dec. 8 in Orlando.

Halahuni has also been named to the College Football Performance Awards Watch List as have two of his teammates -- senior wide receiver James Rodgers and junior quarterback Ryan Katz. Rodgers, who is also uncertain for the start of the season due to knee surgery, enters the year with 177 career receptions for 2,064 yards and 16 touchdowns (5th at OSU). Katz has thrown for 2,618 yards and 19 touchdowns and is expected to be the Beavs' second-year starter.

Oregon State opens fall camp on Monday, Aug. 8. The season opener is Sept. 3 against Sacramento State at Reser Stadium.

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