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Tigers go up top to get on board first

11/20/2010

Michael Egnew made the cut as a Mackey Award semifinalist earlier this week, and showed why with an impressive touchdown catch to put Missouri up 7-0 late in the first quarter against Iowa State.

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert tossed it over the head of the defensive back, where the 6-foot-6, 235-pounder hauled it in for the score.

Egnew doesn't have blazing speed, but he's a tough matchup for any defender in the Big 12. He's got excellent hands and he's tough to bring down in the open field, just like the Missouri tight ends that came before him and contended for the Mackey Award, Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker.

His 73 catches this year and over 600 yards are by far the best of any tight end in the Big 12, but when he makes catches like that, it's obvious why Missouri uses players like him more as a receiver than as a traditional tight end.