He Becomes the 33rd All-American in Mizzou Football History
Mizzou Has Had Six First-Rounders in Last Five NFL Drafts
Missouri vs. Iowa State, 11/15/08
One of the nation's most electrifying players who could be the most dynamic threat around ... Proved in his first year that he had to be accounted for in the run game, and the passing game, as well as punt returns and kickoff returns, as he was the only player in the nation to score in each of those four categories in 2007 ... Has the ability to go the distance every time he touches the ball ... After his record-breaking debut last year, should be a candidate for several major national awards and honors entering the 2008 season ... Was selected to the prestigious Playboy Magazine Pre-Season All-American team, and took part in the annual team photo shoot in Phoenix this May, along with teammate Chase Coffman ... His amazing 2007 season was an even better story given the adversity he overcame to get there, given his severe knee injury suffered prior to the 2006 season which sidelined him ... Lines up on offense at the H-receiver spot, where he is No. 1 on the depth chart entering fall drills.
Burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman and turned in one of the most incredible freshman years in NCAA history ... Tallied 2,776 all-purpose yards, which was an NCAA Division I-A single-season freshman record, and was the fifth-most ever by any player in a season in Division I-A history ... Became the first MU freshman to win consensus first-team All-American honors, as he was chosen by a majority of the prominent All-American teams for the all-purpose designation ... Was the only player in the nation to record touchdowns via receiving (9), rushing (4), punt return (2) and kickoff return (1) ... His kickoff return, which went for 99 yards at Kansas State, was of the historic variety, as it was MU's first kickoff return for a TD since 1982 - breaking a string of 287 games and 976 kickoff returns without a TD for the Tigers ... Set a school record with 360 all-purpose yards against Kansas State, scoring three TDs in the game ... Had a career-best nine catches for 143 yards receiving, scoring two TDs (eight yards and 44 yards) ...Had 209 returns yards, including the 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ... His 360 all-purpose yards put his running season total to 2,309 for the year, setting a new NCAA freshman single-season mark ... Actually broke the NCAA freshman mark on the 99-yard return ... His performance earned him the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week and the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week ... Had a stellar debut for the Tigers, scoring two huge touchdowns in his first collegiate game against Illinois in his hometown of St. Louis ... First TD came on a 25-yard reception in the third quarter ... His first career catch had come on the previous play ... Returned a punt 66 yards for a TD later in the third quarter for Mizzou's first punt return for a touchdown since 2005 and only the third at MU since 1990 ... Ended the day with 227 all-purpose yards ... Stepped into the starting role for the injured Danario Alexander at the H-WR position starting with the Ole Miss game, making seven catches for 52 yards in first career start ... Averaged 24 yards on four kickoff returns, including one 32-yard return ... Had a team-best 181 all-purpose yards ... Totalled a then career-high 275 all-purpose yards against Western Michigan, which was the fifth most in Mizzou single-game history ... Had seven catches for 96 yards against WMU ... Scored the Tigers' first TD of the day on a 24-yard pass play ... Then ran 17 yards for his first rushing touchdown in the second quarter ... Rushed six times for 52 yards against Western Michigan ... Also had two punt returns for 31 yards and five kickoff returns for 96 yards ... Had 238 all-purpose yards against Illinois State, making his second-straight game over 200 all-purpose yards ... Returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown ... Became just the fourth Tiger to have two career punt returns for TDs ... Had 163 return yards, 22 yards rushing and 53 yards receiving ... Had 149 all-purpose yards in the Big 12-opener against Nebraska ... Caught four passes for 62 yards, ran the ball six times for 62 yards and had a punt return and kick return for a combined 34 yards ... Scored a pair of TDs against Oklahoma, both coming on reverse plays ... Ran four times for 32 yards against the Sooners, while catching five passes for 53 yards ... Gained 104 yards on three kickoff returns, including a 56-yard return near the end of the first quarter, which, at the time, was the longest KO return by a Tiger since 2002 ... Made two catches for 64 yards against Texas Tech, including a season-long 57 yard reception that went for a TD ... Had 170 all-purpose yards against Iowa State, totaling 65 yards receiving (on seven receptions), 26 yards rushing (on five carries) and 79 yards (on four KORs and one PRs) ... Scored on a 17-yard end-around play ... Had a then-career-high 108 yards receiving on six catches against Colorado, including a 46-yard TD reception ... Had 187 all-purpose yards against CU, setting a new school record for all-purpose yards in a season ... Had 267 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M ... Set a career-best for the second-straight game with 146 yards on five catches against TAMU ... Had a 82-yard TD reception against the Aggies, the Tigers' longest play from scrimmage on the season ... The play was the second longest scoring pass play in MU history ... Also scored on a 12-yard pass play in the fourth quarter ... Ran four times for 32 yards and had 89 return yards in win over Texas A&M ... Had 200 all-purpose yards against Kansas (69 yards on 10 receptions, 22 yards on four carries, and and 109 yards on returns) ... Totaled 204 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship ... Was the team's leading rusher (40 yards on four carries) and had 69 yards on eight receptions against OU ... Completed his first career pass to Martin Rucker on a two-point conversion against the Sooners ... Led the team with 1,055 receiving yards on the year ... Ranked 18th nationally with an average of 12.28 yards per punt return ... Was 6th in the Big 12 in receiving yards per game (75.36 ypg.) ... Led the Big 12 and was 7th nationally with an average of 198.29 all-purpose yards per game ...Had a team-leading 16 touchdowns on the year ... Was second on the team and first among non-kickers with 96 points scored ... Was also the team's second-leading rusher with 375 yards on the ground and averaged 7.4 yards per carry.
Came to Columbia during the summer to get a jump on his acclimation period, and by all accounts was on his way to likely earning playing time as a true freshman, before a knee injury suffered in 7-on-7 passing drills in July sidelined him for the year ... Showed a very determined work ethic during the rehab process, and was cleared to practice with the team before the end of the season.
An outstanding two-sport athlete who was considered the top wide receiver, and one of the top overall prospects to come out of the state of Missouri in 2006 ... Was a star wideout, safety and punt returner for Kirkwood ... Ranked as the nation's No. 24 wide receiver prospect by Rivals, and was listed as the No. 3 overall prospect in Missouri by the same outlet ... Earned 1st-Team All-State honors as a wideout in 2005, after catching 41 passes for 1,042 yards and 11 TDs, averaging an impressive 25.4 yards per catch ... Also carried the ball 36 times for 293 yards and 4 TDs, and added 2 TDs throwing the ball ... Proved to be a dangerous return man, as he took 11 punts back for an average of 24.6 yards per return, with 1 going for a TD ... Also named All-Conference as a safety, as he notched 55 tackles, and added 4 interceptions, including 1 that he returned for a TD ... Earned 1st-Team All-State honors as a junior wideout, as well, as he caught 58 passes for 1,184 yards and 18 TDS, while rushing for 2 TDs and also returning 1 kickoff for a score ... Added 59 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense as a junior ... Named 2nd-Team All-Conference as a sophomore wideout and return specialist - caught 33 passes for 356 yards and 4 TDs, and averaged 25 yards per punt return (1 TD) and 30 yards per kickoff return that year ... Was also a standout on the hardwood, as he averaged 11 points, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Kirkwood's basketball team ... Was an honorable-mention All-State and 1st-Team All-Conference guard as a junior, averaging 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals per game ... High school coach - Larry Frost.
Mother - Cleo Maclin ... Has an interest in studying accounting or marketing at Mizzou's School of Business ... Chose Mizzou over Ohio State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Colorado, Notre Dame, UCLA and Illinois, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Cornell Ford.
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