Coffman wins Mackey Award, All-American honors
Mizzou tight end Chase Coffman hurdles defenders in the Oklahoma State game, one of the many skills he perfected while with the Tigers. Photo by Shane Epping
On the field, Mizzou tight end Chase Coffman hauled in everything that came near him this season. Now, as the Tigers are preparing for the Alamo Bowl, he hasn’t stopped. The Peculiar native has been named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and has won the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.
“I’m really honored by this, to win the award that says you’re the best in the nation at your position,” Coffman said. “It means a lot.”
“I’m really happy for my family and especially my dad, who taught me so much about football,” he said. Paul Coffman played the position in the NFL for the Packers and Chiefs.
In winning the Mackey, Coffman beat out fellow Big 12 Conference tight ends Jermaine Gresham of Oklahoma and Brandon Pettigrew of Oklahoma State. It’s the first individual position award ever won by a Tiger and only the second national award won by a Mizzou player; Brock Olivo won the Mosi Tutupu Special Teams Player of the Year Award in 1997.
Coffman’s blocking skills, along with his eye-popping receiving statistics, earned him the All-American honors and Mackey award. He caught 83 passes for 920 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead all tight ends, and he did so despite playing with a turf toe (sprain) the final month of the season.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my coaches over the years, and definitely Coach (Bruce) Walker (MU tight end coach) and Coach Pinkel for giving me the opportunities they have at Mizzou,” Coffman said. “It’s an individual award, but it’s also something that our team earns because it doesn’t happen without a great quarterback like Chase (Daniel) and our great playmakers like Jeremy (Maclin) and D-Wash (running back Derrick Washington) who draw attention away from me, and our offensive line which gives Chase time to make the throws. I hope everyone takes some satisfaction in knowing they helped make this happen,” he said.
Earlier this season, Coffman became the top receiving tight end in NCAA history. With 240 receptions in his four years, he surpassed Louisville’s Ibn Green, who previously set the record with 217 at the end of his career in 1999.
In addition to being a standout on the field, Coffman has excelled in the classroom. He’s taking credit 18 hours this semester and is on schedule to get his bachelor’s degree later this month, earning it after just three and a half years of school.
Coffman will be formally presented with the Mackey Trophy at the Nassau County Sports Commission Annual Awards Dinner on April 27, 2009. For additional information, visit johnmackeyaward.org or nassausports.org. For additional information on the AFCA All-American team, visit afca.com.