Big 12: Justin Gage
The Tigers are still looking for their first Big 12 title, but they've had many memorable players dot their rosters over the decade.
Here's a look at the best of them. The toughest decision was to leave Justin Gage off the team at wide receiver, although I opted to go with an alignment much like offensive coordinator David Yost preferred, with one running back, two wide receivers and two tight ends. My team is reflected with that strategy.
QB: Chase Daniel
RB: Zack Abron
WR: Jeremy Maclin
WR: Danario Alexander
TE: Chase Coffman
TE: Martin Rucker
OL: Joel Clinger
OL: Tony Palmer
OL: Kurtis Gregory
OL: Rob Droege
C: Adam Spieker
DL: Justin Smith
DL: Atiyyah Ellison
DL: Lorenzo Williams
DL: Ziggy Hood
LB: Sean Weatherspoon
LB: Marcus Bacon
LB: Brock Christopher
DB: William Moore
DB: Pig Brown
DB: David Overstreet
DB: Shirdonya Mitchell
K: Jeff Wolfert
P: Jake Harry
KR: Jeremy Maclin
Offensive player of the decade: QB Chase Daniel. Orchestrated the Tigers’ back-to-back North Division championship teams in 2007-08, finishing fourth in the Heisman race in 2007 and setting the school’s career total offense and passing records as a senior.
Defensive player of the decade: LB Sean Weatherspoon. Lightly recruited player who emerged to become the dominant defensive player for the Tigers during his three-season career as a starter, leading the team in tackles each season.
Coach of the decade: Gary Pinkel. After struggling in his first two seasons, has taken the Tigers to a bowl game in every season except one, including two Big 12 title games and a No. 4 finish in the 2007 season.
Memory of the decade: Missouri’s 36-28 victory over Kansas in a 2007 showdown for the Big 12 North title pushed the Tigers to their first Big 12 championship game appearance. Daniel completed 40 of 49 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns, but the game wasn’t settled until Lorenzo Williams sacked Todd Reesing for a safety to ice the victory.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
There was an interesting story in this morning's Columbia Tribune about Missouri tight end Chase Coffman receiving the Mackey Award at last night's Home Depot/ESPNU College Football Awards Show.
Coffman's award didn't receive full-blown treatement and he was mentioned on the air only at the end of the show. Coffman told the Tribune he actually found out he won the award about an hour before the show went on the air.
He quickly texted his family back home in Peculiar, Mo., to tell them of the news. But it came with a caveat.
"They had to promise they wouldn't tell anyone until after the show," Coffman told the Tribune.
Apparently, the Coffmans maintained the sanctity of the Mackey embargo. The news didn't seep out until his award was announced.
Coffman overcame a painful turf toe that caused him to miss two games and struggle for most of the rest of the season. He has 240 career receptions, the most ever by a FBS tight end. He also has totaled 2592 yards, only 112 yards behind the school's career receiving record set by Justin Gage.
The Missouri tight end ended up in Orlando because of the benevolence of teammate Jeremy Maclin, who invited him to the ceremonies in Orlando, Fla., as one of his six selections among friends and family members.
"It's a huge statement for Jeremy Maclin and what kind of person he is, how caring he is," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "He's a team player."