We all know Michael Egnew is good.  Now he should be rewarded for it. (Photo from Kansascity.com)

Earlier this week Missouri tight end Michael Egnew was named a Mackey Award semifinalist.  The Mackey Award is given annually to the top tight end in college football.  You may remember Chase Coffman won it in 2008.

This is Missouri’s third standout tight end in four seasons.  In 2007, Martin Rucker was a first team All-American.  In 2008 Coffman took over, and now Egnew is following in their footsteps.  For the sake of comparison, here is how Egnew’s 2010 season stacks up to Rucker and Coffman’s best seasons.  I also threw in the 2009 stats of Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez.  He won the Mackey last year.  Keep in mind Egnew is only a junior.  The following stats for Rucker and Coffman are both from their senior seasons.

Martin Rucker 2007:

Catches: 84    Yards: 894    Avg: 9.9    TD: 8

Rucker was a fan favorite at Mizzou.

Chase Coffman 2008:

Catches: 90    Yards: 987    Avg: 11.0    TD: 10

Michael Egnew 2010 (Projected stats):

Catches: 85    Yards: 703    Avg: 8.3    TD: 4

Aaron Hernandez (2009 Mackey Award winner):

Catches: 68    Yards: 850    Avg: 12.5    TD: 5

Egnew currently leads all tight ends in the nation in receptions.  Obviously, Rucker and Coffman found the endzone more often.  However, as a whole, Missouri is on pace to throw for its fewest touchdown passes since the 2005.

Here are the other 2010 Mackey semifinalists:

George Bryan (JR, NC State)  27 catches, 308 yards, 3

Michael Egnew (JR, Mizzou)  71, 586, 3

Ladarius Green (JR, Louisiana Lafayette)  32, 571, 5

Daniel Hardy (SR, Idaho)  32, 545, 1

Lance Kendricks (SR, Wisconsin)  31, 473, 4

Allen Reisner (SR, Iowa)  28, 304, 2

Luke Stocker (SR, Tennesee)   21, 210, 1

D.J. Williams (SR, Arkansas)  42, 491, 3

Of course I haven’t seen any of these other guys play, but from a stats standpoint, I like Egnew’s chances.  He has more than double the reception total of the next closest semifinalist and more yards than anyone on the list too… Not that I’m biased or anything.