The backbone of Missouri’s Big 12 North championship teams from 2007-08 will be inducted into the school’s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony Feb. 6 at Memorial Stadium.
Quarterback Chase Daniel, tight end Chase Coffman and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are three of the six former Tigers selected for the Hall of Fame’s 25th induction class.
“It means a lot,” said Daniel, who is currently the Chiefs’ backup quarterback. “It means all the hard work and all the time, sweat and tears you put in with your teammates at Mizzou. And especially going in with Coffman and Maclin, it means much more because we did it together.”
The group of inductees also includes former MU pitcher John Dettmer, middle distance runner Ashley Patten and gymnast Alisha Robinson.
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Daniel was a Heisman finalist in 2007 and owns nearly every Missouri passing record.
He is the Tigers’ career leader with 13,485 yards of total offense, 12,515 passing yards, 101 touchdowns passes and a 68-percent completion percentage.
Coffman, a native of Peculiar, Mo., and a prep standout at Raymore-Peculiar, is Missouri’s all-time leader with 247 receptions and 30 receiving touchdowns.
He was a 2008 consensus All-American, the same year he won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end, and currently plays for the Tennessee Titans.
Maclin, a native of Kirkwood, Mo., in suburban St. Louis, set Missouri single-season records with 102 catches for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore when he was a Biletnikoff Award finalist.
While those records were eclipsed by Danario Alexander, Maclin, who remains MU’s only two-time All-American and currently stars for the NFL’s Eagles, is the program’s all-time leader with 5,609 all-purpose yards in only two seasons.
That group helped return Missouri to national prominence, achieving a No. 1 national ranking after the 2007 regular season and before losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.
“You look at Brad Smith, and it was passed on to our group and then Blaine Gabbert, James Franklin, Maty Mauk group,” Daniel said. “… It’s been a rise. I want to feel we left Mizzou in a better place than when we first got there. That’s the legacy behind that, and Chase Coffman and Jeremy Maclin played a huge part in this as well.”
Dettmer is the Tigers’ all-time leader with 374 strikeouts. He was an honorable mention All-American in 1991 and later reached the majors for 12 games with the Texas Rangers in 1994-95.
Patten, a Clarkston, Mich., native who ran cross country and track for Missouri from 2003-06, was a three-time All-American in the 800 meters and won four Big 12 championships during her career.
Robinson, a Bates City, Mo., native who competed for the Tigers from 2002-05, won 69 event titles, including the 2002 NCAA regional all-around championship, and was a two-time All-American.
Tickets for the ceremony on Feb. 6 at Memorial Stadium’s Columns Club, which is open to the public, are $30 and can be purchased at www.TSF-Mizzou.com/HOF.
The Hall of Fame honorees also will be recognized at halftime of Missouri’s men’s basketball game Feb. 7 against Texas A&M, which tips off at 5 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.
The Star’s Randy Covitz contributed to this report.