September 28, 2006

Only one stat matters to Tiger tight ends

The projections may have been a little out of hand. Sixty catches, eighty catches, two new school records. All of these were thoughts on what Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman would produce this season for Missouri in the spread offense with a throw-first quarterback at the helm.

Four games into the 2006 season, Missouri's two all-American candidates are on a pace to almost exactly match what they did a season ago. In 2005, Rucker and Coffman caught 47 passes apiece to lead the team. This year, Rucker is on pace for 54, Coffman for 48. The yardage is actually down a little bit. Rucker is averaging 8.1 yards per catch, compared to 12.1 last season. Coffman has dipped from 10.7 to 9.8.

If you are looking for complaints, you are better off browsing an Internet message board than asking the tight ends themselves.

"That's good because it helps out the entire offense," Rucker said.

Judging the duo's contribution simply by looking at the stat column, though, is misguided.

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