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All-American Tigers

Posted on Dec. 17, 2008 by Ryan Gavin

coffman_maclin.jpg Jeremy Maclin, front, and Chase Coffman, were Mizzou’s top two receiving threats this season, bringing in 95 and 83 receptions, respectively. Photos by Shane Epping.

The awards just keep on coming for the Mizzou football team. Senior tight end Chase Coffman and sophomore receiver/return specialist Jeremy Maclin were named Associated Press first-team All-Americans. Junior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon also was honored, making the third team.

coffman_2.jpg Tight end Chase Coffman soars up to make an acrobatic one-handed catch in Mizzou’s 58-0 shutout of Colorado.

Coffman recently won the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s best tight end, and also was named to the coaches’ All-America team. He was second on the team in receptions with 83 for 920 yards and 10 touchdowns. 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 held the record with 217 at the end of his career in 1999.

maclin.jpg Jeremy Maclin miraculously brings in the pass and gets a foot down for the touchdown despite being blanketed by the Nevada defender.

Maclin made the team in the all-purpose slot, given to a player who excels in several different capacities for his team. The speedster was third on the team in rushing with 35 attempts for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He was two yards shy of quarterback Chase Daniel’s total, but his gaudy 7.1-yards-per-carry average was much higher. As a receiver, Maclin hauled 95 of Daniel’s passes, gaining 1,221 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns. All numbers led the Tigers. In the return game, Maclin averaged 9.9 yards per return on punts and 24.1 yards on kick returns, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown.

weatherspoon.jpg Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon crushes a Buffalo player who dared to enter in to his territory.

Weatherspoon, who was named to the All-Big 12 first team for the second consecutive year, led the Tigers in nearly every defensive category. He had 138 tackles, which included 16 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. In pass coverage, the Texan picked off three passes, returning two for touchdowns, and broke up six passes.

The Tigers resume daily practices on Friday afternoon and will work until leaving for San Antonio, Texas, for the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 23. The game is scheduled for 7:06 p.m. on Dec. 29.

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