July 27, 2006

Few questions for Tigers at tight end

During our first few position previews on the offensive side of the ball, we've run into a number of question marks. No question marks at tight end.

Check that. There may be one question. Which Tiger tight end is the best?

There seems little doubt Mizzou has the top two tight ends in the Big 12 Conference. In fact, both Coffman and Rucker have been named as two of the top 30 in the nation, both making the watch list for the Mackey Award.

Rucker goes into the season as the starter, due to his seniority, experience and the fact that he is probably more advanced as a blocker. But if Coffman is behind, it isn't by much. Gary Pinkel discussed the breakout season Coffman had last year.

"Going through two a days, the guy keeps showing up, making plays," Pinkel said. "You keep saying, this guy's pretty good, this guy's pretty good. We made a choice, I called Chase in and I said you know T. Ruck is here, but I said we can do things with two tight ends and I would suggest as a receiver as a tight end at this level, he played as well as you could expect a first year player to play."

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