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Chase Daniel Photo Gallery - 2008
One of the nation's top players who will be a pre-season Heisman and All-American favorite after producing a record-setting 2007 season ... Was MU's first-ever Heisman finalist in 2007, finishing fourth in voting, and was also a finalist for the O'Brien, Walter Camp and Manning awards, as well, while earning 1st-Team All-Big 12 honors ... Also was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, while earning 2nd-Team Associated Press All-American honors ... Is also an outstanding student who was a 1st-Team Academic All-District performer in 2007, who is on track to graduate in May in just four years ... As part of MU's esteemed School of Business, he got a chance this spring to visit legendary businessman Warren Buffett in Omaha, Neb., along with select Mizzou business students ... Got to personally meet Buffett and now trades e-mails with his new friend on occasion ... Owns the best career QB rating in MU history, at 143.80 entering the 2008 season, as well as numerous single-game and single-season passing and total offense records ... Needs just 620 passing yards in 2008 to become MU's career passing yardage leader (enters with 8,180, trailing only Brad Smith's 8,799) ... Has a shot at breaking Smith's MU career total offense record as well, as he enters his final season with 8,869 yards, needing 4,220 to break Smith's record of 13,088 (2002-05) ... Does the majority of his damage in the air, but is also able to hurt defenses with his feet, as he has run for nearly 700 yards and for 9 TDs in MU's attacking spread offense ... Has a fearless mentality that translates well into the intangible category of leadership, and also possesses a great knowledge of the game, to go along with his considerable athletic skills.
Has thrown for at least 300 yards in eight of the 13 games this season and was just short in two other games (294-yards against Illinois State and 284 against Kansas State) ... The Illinois State game snapped a six-game streak of 300-yards passing dating back to last year ... Has broken his career high for passing yards three times this year, initially with a 359-yards performance in the season opener against Illinois ... His 37 completions and 54 attempts against the Illini ranked second all-time at Missouri ... Threw for 330 yards against Ole Miss and tied his own school record with five touchdown passes ... Set an MU record by throwing for four touchdowns in one quarter, with four scoring passes in the second quarter against Ole Miss ... In that quarter, Daniel was 12-of-17 for 177 yards and a QB rating of 235.7 ... Completed 27-of-46 for 328 yards and two TDs against Western Michigan ... Had a career-long 39-yard rush that took the ball to the one-yard line and later added a 36-yard touchdown run ... Had a string of 254 passes without an interception snapped in the second quarter against WMU ... The 254 passes without an INT set a Big 12 record and was just 17 passes shy of the NCAA record ... Connected on a 57-yard yard TD pass with Will Franklin on the first play of the game against Illinois State ... Went over the 5,000-yards passing mark against Illinois State ... Torched Nebraska for a then-career-high 401 yards passing and four total scores (two rushing) on 33-of-47 passing without a turnover ... Led the club in rushing with 72 yards on 11 carries, including the two rushing TDs ... Performance ranks second on Mizzou's single-game total offense list with 473 total yards, just seven yards behind Brad Smith (480 yards vs. Nebraska in 2005) ... Those 401 yards throwing were the fourth-highest total in school history ... Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his career-high effort and earned AT&T National POW honors ... Was 37-of-47 for 361 yards and one TD against Oklahoma ... The 361 yards put him over 2,000 for the year ... Threw just 19 passes against Texas Tech (completing 14) ... Was 28-of-37 for 250 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State ... Again set a new career-high with 421 yards passing against Colorado, including seven passes of 23 yards or longer ... Threw for five touchdowns (something he's done twice this season and three times in his career) against the Buffaloes ... Had a QB ranking of 172.42 against CU and was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week for that performance ... Completed 27-of-35 passes for 352 yards and three TDs against Texas A&M ... Had an 82-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin, the longest play of the year for the Tigers and the longest pass play of Daniel's career ... Had a career-high 189.91 QB rating against TAMU, completing 77.1% of his passes (27-of-35) ... Threw four TDs, compiling 284 yards on 28-of-41 passing ... Longest pass of the day came on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Maclin, as Daniel scrambled to his left and found Maclin wide open in the endzone ... Daniel's four TDs gave him 59 for his career, breaking Brad Smith's record of 56 ... Completed an amazing 82 percent of his passes (40-of-49) against Kansas ... Threw for 361 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions against KU ... His 40 completions is a career best ... Was 23-of-39 for 219 yards against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship ... Did not throw a TD against OU, just the second time in his 26 starts he did not have a scoring pass ... Rushed 11 times for 26 yards against Oklahoma and scored the Tigers' only TD of the game on a four-yard run ... His 33 touchdown passes is a new school record, breaking his own mark of 28 last year ... Has gone over 3,000 yards passing for the second-straight season ... Has a thrown for a school record 4,170 yards on the season ... His 8,044-career yards ranks second in MU history (755 yards behind first-place Brad Smith) ... Has broken the school record for total offense, currently standing at 4,454 yards on the year, which breaks his mark of 3,906 set last season ... Currently stands fourth in the nation in total offense with a 13-game average of 342.6 yards ... Also ranks fourth nationally with 28.6 completions per game ... Is fifth in the nation in completion percentage (69.7) and passing yards (4,170) ... Is 12th with a 151.91 passing efficency.
First-year starter who had the unenviable task of replacing legendary record-setting QB Brad Smith, and promptly attained legendary status of his own, setting numerous passing records on his own, and helped lead the Tigers to eight regular-season wins for just the 10th time in school history ... Shattered MU single-season records for passing yards (3,527 - old mark was 2,436 by Jeff Handy in 1992), and passing TDs (28 - old mark was 18 by Terry McMillan in 1969), among many other records ... Also broke Smith's season record for TDs responsible for, with 32, and total offense, with a record 3,906 yards of offense - his per-game average of 300.5 ranked fifth in the NCAA, the highest a Tiger has rated in that category since Bob Steuber was third in the nation in total offense in 1942 ... Named Second-Team All-Big 12 quarterback by league coaches, and twice won the Big 12's weekly offensive player of the week, after huge outings in the regular season opener against Murray State (320 yards, MU game-record five TDs), and in the regular-season finale against Kansas (356 yards, four TDs) ... Was named First-Team Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine and First-Team Academic All-Big 12 ... Season pass efficiency rating of 145.06 ranked 22nd in the NCAA, and was the Second-best in MU single season history (154.3 by Phil Johnson in 1990 is the record), and his career mark of 139.40 is currently the best in MU history ... Had 11 200-yard passing games on the year, which broke the old mark of eight held by Kent Kiefer in 1990 ... Closed the season in prolific fashion, as he threw for 996 yards, seven TDs, zero INTs and had a QB rating of 160.15 in the last three games (Iowa State, Kansas, Oregon State) ... Was dynamic in MU's heartbreaking bowl loss to Oregon State, as he threw for an MU bowl-record 330 yards and two TDs on just 16 completions (an eye-popping 20.6 yards per completion) ... Closed the regular season by dissecting the Kansas defense for a career-high 356 passing yards and four TDs on 26-of-38 passing, including a career-long 74-yarder to WR Jared Perry ... Also had a 76-yard TD pass called back on a silly personal foul penalty that took place 20 yards behind the play ... Made quite a splash in his first career start, as he tossed a school record five TD passes against Murray State in the opener, including his first career 300-yard passing day (320 yards) ... Had a big day, in leading MU to a win over Ole Miss in game #2, as he registered 332 yards of total offense, including 243 passing yards (1 TD) and a career-high 89 rushing yards (1 TD) ... Accumulated 300 yards of offense in 8-of-13 games on the season, including a career-best 395 against Kansas ... Tossed four TDs in his Big 12-opener against Colorado ... The Kansas game was the fourth game he had at least four TD passes, (was already the first player in MU history to throw for four TDs in a game more than once) ... Threw for at least 250 yards in 10-of-13 games ... Was held without a TD pass for the only time against Oklahoma ... Was also the team's No. 2 rusher with 379 yards and four rushing TDs, with his fourth coming against Oklahoma, as he ran for 75 yards on a career-high 20 carries ... Threw for 310 yards against Iowa State, and scored what would have been the game-winning TD on a keeper on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yardline with just 25 seconds left, but the TD was taken away by a holding call that the Big 12 Conference later confirmed was an incorrect call.
The 2004 EA Sports National High School Player of the Year who won the backup job in fall camp, despite his true freshman status ... Saw action in 10 games, as Tiger coaches tried to give him a series or two in most games to prepare him for the future ... Completed nearly 60% of his passes, going 38-of-66 for 347 yards and one TD, with two INTs ... Also rushed 39 times for 57 yards and one TD ... Did more than just prepare for next season against Iowa State, as he relieved an injured Brad Smith in the fourth quarter of the Iowa State game, and rallied Mizzou from a 10-point deficit with just eight minutes left, as the Tigers won in overtime, 27-24 ... Entered the ISU game on a third-and-10 situation on his own 25 yardline with just under nine minutes left in the game, and MU trailing, 24-14 ... Calmly hit WR Brad Ekwerekwu for 13 yards to keep the drive alive, and later connected with fellow true freshman TE Chase Coffman for 25 yards on a fourth-and-seven to keep the chains moving ... Led Tigers to a FG on that drive, and after a defensive stop, led MU on an 11-play, 87-yard drive for the tying score that came on a four-yard TD pass to WR Sean Coffey with just 20 seconds left ... In OT, after ISU missed a long FG try, Daniel guided the Tigers down to the nine-yard line, and the winning Adam Crossett field goal ... Ended the game 16-of-23 passing for 185 yards and the one TD ... Saw action in two series in the bowl game against South Carolina, and converted on a fourth down keeper in the third quarter to help keep a long MU drive alive ... Scored the first TD of his collegiate career in game No. 3 against Troy, on a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.
One of the most highly accomplished high school athletes to ever accept a scholarship to Mizzou, who came to MU after being named the 2004 EA Sports National High School Player of the Year on the strength of impressive team and individual accomplishments ... Proved to be one of the best dual-threat QBs in the country over the last two years, as he led a record-setting offensive attack that was deadly both in the air and on the ground ... Ranked as the No. 3 quarterback prospect nationally, according to analyst Max Emfinger ... Led his Southlake Carroll team to a perfect 16-0 record in 2004 and a Class 5A state championship, in addition to a No. 1 national ranking and mythical national championship by numerous publications, including USA Today and Student Sports Magazine ... Is described by his coach as a winner, and the facts back that up, as he played QB for his final two years, and all he did was lead his team to 31 wins in 32 games, one state title and one state runner-up showing ... Played wideout as a sophomore and was part of another state championship squad that went 16-0, and was QB on the freshman team in 2001 that went 9-1 for a four-year record at Southlake of 56-2, including 47-1 on the varsity ... Two-year varsity QB stats included 11,252 total yards and 127 TDs, as he completed 529-of-811 passes for 8,298 yards and 91 TDs and added 2,954 rushing yards and 39 TDs ... Was a two-time state Class 5A player of the year, winning the award in each of his last two years ... Senior season statistics included 6,042 yards of total offense and 70 total TDs ... As a senior, completed 298-of-461 passes for 4,617 yards and 49 TDs with only 14 interceptions, while he also ran 248 times for 1,425 yards and 21 more TDs ... Drove his team 49 yards in the state championship game to set up a game-winning field goal as time expired to keep the perfect season alive ... Ended the title game with 295 yards passing and one TD and 84 yards rushing ... Was outstanding on a rare national television appearance for the high school ranks, when he led his team to a 52-27 win in October over rival Denton Ryan that was shown on ESPN2 ... Threw for three TDs in the game and ran for two more as he had 351 yards passing and 98 running on the night ... As a junior, threw for 3,681 yards and 42 TDs while rushing for 1,529 yards and 18 TDs in leading Carroll to a 15-1 record and 5A runner-up showing ... More honors include: EA Sports First-Team All-American (multipurpose) in 2004; Parade All-American in 2004; First-Team all-state in 2003 and 2004; First-Team all-district and all-area in 2003 and 2004, among many others ... Won 2nd-Team all-district honors as a wide receiver in 2002, as he caught 53 passes for 675 yards ... An outstanding all-around athlete who is also a First-Team all-district pitcher/outfielder in baseball, and a member of his school's sprint relay team in track ... High school coach - Todd Dodge, who was a standout college QB with the University of Texas.
Son of Bill & Vickie Daniel ... Chose MU over Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Stanford and many others ... An outstanding student who was a member of National Honor Society and a member of his school's student council for multiple years ... Academic interest lies in business finance.
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