Monday, December 27, 2010
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Orlando, Fla. – The University of Missouri football program has produced some outstanding players at every position under the guidance of 10th-year Head Coach Gary Pinkel, but perhaps no position has been more heralded than the tight end spot (where Pinkel himself was an honorable mention All-American in his playing days at Kent State). Mizzou is fast becoming known as “Tight End U,” and that moniker rings even louder with the news that junior TE Michael Egnew (Plainview, Texas) has become the third MU tight end in the last four years to win 1st-Team All-American status.
Egnew was honored as such by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, with the annual WCFF team being unveiled tonight at the Home Depot/ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. He joins former Tigers Martin Rucker (2007) and Chase Coffman (2008) as a 1st-Team All-American.
Egnew leads all of the nation’s tight ends with 83 receptions, and his 698 receiving yards is also second-most among all tight ends, with those figures coming against the nation’s 9th-toughest schedule, according to the NCAA. Egnew’s signature game was a 13-catch, 145-yard performance against San Diego State, and he’s also had double-digit outings against Illinois (10 catches, 60 yards, 1 TD) and at Texas A&M (10-87). Egnew also had a two-touchdown game against Colorado, when he had six catches for 52 yards in all.
Egnew and his Missouri Tiger teammates began on-field preparations Thursday afternoon for the 2010 Insight Bowl against Iowa, as Mizzou took to the practice field for a two-hour session, their first since closing the regular season with a 35-7 win over Kansas on Nov. 27th. The Tigers will be off Friday for the first day of Final Exams at Mizzou, then they’ll practice Saturday and Sunday, before having Monday through Thursday of next week off for a continuation of Finals Week. After Finals conclude, the Tigers will practice four more times in Columbia before packing up and heading to the Phoenix/Tempe area on Dec. 22.
Tickets remain available for purchase for the 2010 Insight Bowl, and Tiger fans are encouraged to help Mizzou toward its goal of selling its 11,000 allotment to the game. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mutigers.com, or by phone at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Columbia). Additionally, fans who cannot make the trip, but who still want to help the program, are encouraged to purchase tickets and donate them to be used by Phoenix-area charities and military personnel.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Dallas, Texas – Three University of Missouri football standouts were named first-team All-Big 12 today by the Associated Press, as announced today. Senior C Tim Barnes (Longwood, Mo.), junior TE Michael Egnew (Plainview, Texas) were first-team offensive selections, and senior LB Andrew Gachkar (Overland Park, Kan.) joined them as a first-team defensive selection. Barnes and Egnew were also first-team picks by Big 12 coaches earlier this week, while Gachkar improved from honorable mention by league coaches.
Gachkar led one of the most improved defenses in the nation in 2010, with a team-best 81 tackles, while leading the team in interceptions (2), forced fumbles (2), recovered fumbles (2) and blocked kicks (2). He added 8.5 tackles for loss on the year, as well. Barnes earned 1st-team honors for the first time in his stellar career, thanks to his efforts anchoring an offense that has helped guide the Tigers to a 10-2 record and a share of the Big 12 North Division title in 2010. Egnew, a finalist for the 2010 Mackey Award, won the tight end spot after an outstanding season which saw him lead all of the nation’s tight ends with 83 receptions for 698 yards and 4 touchdowns.
A pair of underclassmen – junior OL Dan Hoch (Harlan, Iowa) and sophomore DE Brad Madison (Bethany, Mo.) – both earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.
Eight other Tigers (CB Carl Gettis, P Matt Grabner, S Jarrell Harrison, WR T.J. Moe, PK Grant Ressel, CB Kevin Rutland, DE Aldon Smith and DE Jacquies Smith) all won honorable-mention all-league acclaim.