Big 12: Northwestern Tigers
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Disappointment about Sean Weatherspoon's projected NFL draft status prompted him to return to school for his senior season.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel couldn't be happier.
After being a Butkus Award finalist and a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 player last season for the Tigers, Weatherspoon is back for his senior season, intent on proving to NFL scouts wrong.
His development will be critical for a Missouri program that was decimated by losses to graduation and the NFL. If the Tigers have any hope of a big season and return to the Big 12 title game, Weatherspoon will be a big part of it.
Player: Sean Weatherspoon
Vitals: 6-foot-2, 245 pounds; Sr.; Jasper, Texas
Why he was picked: Weatherspoon led the Big 12 with an average of 11.1 tackles per game, producing a total of 155 stops that was the second-most in Missouri football history. Led the team with seven pass deflections and produced three interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Also produced a team-leading 18.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and forced two fumbles. Weatherspoon capped the season with a 17-tackle effort that earned him Defensive Most Valuable Player honors in the Tigers' Alamo Bowl victory over Northwestern. But as impressive as Weatherspoon's production has been, his leadership in Dave Steckel's defense is even more important. He is the heart of the Missouri defense.
What 2009 will hold: Weatherspoon could contend for national awards like the Butkus and Bednarik awards if he has another huge season and helps the Tigers remain in contention in the North Division despite some huge personnel losses. His chances to impress pro scouts also will be important as he needs to do a better job of shedding blockers to prove he will be accomplished at the next level. If he can develop that trait and the Tigers surprise naysayers along the way, Weatherspoon could finish as Missouri's leading career tackler and a potential All-American.
16. Baylor LB Joe Pawelek
17. Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson
18. Texas WR-KR Jordan Shipley
19. Oklahoma RB Chris Brown
20. Nebraska I-back Roy Helu Jr.
21. Texas Tech DT Colby Whitlock
22. Kansas WR-KR Dezmon Briscoe
23. Oklahoma DE Jeremy Beal
24. Kansas S Darrell Stuckey
25. Texas Tech RB Baron Batch
26. Kansas QB-WR Kerry Meier
27. Texas T Adam Ulatoski
28. Oklahoma State LB Andre Sexton
29. Missouri G Kurtis Gregory
30. Missouri RB Derrick Washington
31. Texas Tech LB Brian Duncan
32. Texas S Earl Thomas
33. Kansas State WR-KR Brandon Banks
34. Oklahoma LB Keenan Clayton
35. Baylor S Jordan Lake
36. Oklahoma State CB-KR Perrish Cox
37. Texas C Chris Hall
38. Texas Tech DE-DT McKinner Dixon
39. Kansas State DE Brandon Harold
40. Oklahoma FB Matt Clapp
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Coffman's father told the Kansas City Star that his son broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot on Missouri's final offensive play in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
The Tulsa World reported Wednesday that Robinson sustained a separated right shoulder in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 42-31 loss to Oregon in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. Robinson remained in the game and accounted for 383 total yards as he withstood several punishing hits after the original injury occurred.
Despite his injury, Coffman plans to continue with his preparations for the NFL draft.
"It shouldn't affect his draft status," Paul Coffman told the Star on Wednesday.
Coffman, predicted to be one of the first several tight ends picked in the upcoming NFL draft, still plans to take part in the NFL combine on Feb. 24. His injury will not require surgery, but has been immobilized in a cast.
The injury occurred on the same foot that Coffman has struggled with turf toe earlier this season. It came on the same play where Jeremy Maclin snagged the game-winning 7-yard touchdown pass from Chase Daniel, providing the winning margin for the Tigers' 30-23 overtime victory over Northwestern.
Even with his injury, Robinson surpassed his coach Mike Gundy's school record for total offense in a career. Robinson has 7,786 yards with one season of eligibility remaining. Gundy had 7,749 yards in his career, which ended in 1989.
The Cowboys also played much of the game without wide receiver Dez Bryant, who injured his knee in the second quarter. Even with the injury, Bryant still finished with a Holiday Bowl record 13 receptions despite missing much of the second half.