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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior Braxton Deaver has been selected to the preseason Watch List for the John Mackey Award, which honors the top tight end in college football.

Deaver, a 6-5, 240-pound native of Charlotte, N.C., was a third team All-ACC choice in 2013 after hauling in 46 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns, all totals that ranked second among ACC tight ends. Deaver had multiple receptions in every game in 2013, including six for a career-high 116 yards in Duke's 52-48 loss to No. 20 Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

A preseason All-ACC second team pick by Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports and Phil Steele, Deaver also keyed Duke's 35-22 comeback win against Virginia on October 19, scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter covering 47 and 24 yards to help Duke overcome a 22-0 deficit. Deaver was also a selection to ESPN's All-Bowl Team for his performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The Mackey Award is named in honor of John Mackey, a 10-year NFL veteran and a Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Colts.

The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists thirteen alumni to have played in the NFL: two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham ('01), 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark ('02), Kellen Winslow II ('03), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller ('04) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marcedes Lewis ('05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth ('06) of the of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Fred Davis ('07), Chase Coffman ('08), Aaron Hernandez ('09), D.J. Williams ('10) of the New England Patriots, Dwayne Allen ('11) of the Indianapolis Colts, Tyler Eifert ('12) of the Cincinnati Bengals and Austin Seferian-Jenkins ('13) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Deaver is one of 43 letterwinners returning to Duke in 2014 after helping the program to a 10-4 record, the ACC Coastal Division crown and a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

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