February 28, 2008

Tight end still a major strength

Missouri opens spring football practice on March 11th, just 12 days from now. Over the next couple weeks, PowerMizzou.com will be previewing the most anticipated spring in school history from every possible angle. Today, we take a look at the wide receiver position:

The Starter: For the first time in his career, we can call Chase Coffman a starter. Yes, perhaps the best tight end in the Big 12 Conference over the last two years has been a backup. Fairly comical. Anyway, Coffman takes over for Martin Rucker with a chance to shatter a lot of the receiving records Rucker just set, and also is a near lock to set the school mark for touchdown catches.

Position Rating: The question is how highly you can rate a position for just one player. This is the second position we've previewed (quarterback being the other) where Missouri just might have the best player in the nation. But behind that player, there is absolutely nothing that has been proven. Coffman is a star and a future NFL draft pick, likely first day. But he did miss some time with injury last year. If he goes down, can the Tigers come close to replacing him? Nobody knows. But Coffman is so good, the rating here is the same as it was at quarterback: A nine.



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