April 6, 2013

Roles changing for Tiger tight ends

From 2005-08 Missouri tight ends averaged 108 receptions for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns per season.

In 2009, Michael Egnew and Andrew Jones combined for just 68 yards on 11 catches, but Danario Alexander was perhaps the best receiver in America, catching many of his 113 balls for 1,781 yards out of the same position on the field Rucker and Coffman had played.

The next season, Egnew had 90 catches for 762 yards and five touchdowns and it looked as if the tradition would continue. But as a senior, Egnew's production dropped to 50 grabs for 523 yards and three scores in 2011. Last year, Eric Waters was the only tight end with a reception, making four for 27 yards.

But it's not the receiving numbers the Tigers are most worried about from their tight ends this spring.

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