December 28, 2006

Daniel's debut one for the books

Gary Pinkel knew what he had. Well, to some extent. But even Pinkel admits now he did not expect the sophomore season that Chase Daniel turned in for Missouri. How could he have? A 64.1% completion rate. 3,197 yards, tenth in the nation. 26 touchdowns, a school record. Five TD's in his first start, another record. Ten 200-yard games, another record. Not bad for a kid that had thrown all of 66 collegiate passes and one touchdown before this season.

"He's really good," Pinkel said. "He's a guy that honestly, I sit back and watch him and he does things that I've never seen college guys do."

Daniel did things this season that certainly no Missouri quarterback has ever done. A big day in Friday's Sun Bowl could make Daniel the first 3,500-yard passer in school history. Of course, at this point, he's the first 2,500-yard passer in school history.

"I knew I was capable of it," the ever-confident Daniel said. "It was just about how we were going to gel as a team."

No offense, but not all of Daniel's teammates knew he would be this good.

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