Four Missouri football players named to award watch lists

Thursday, July 7, 2011 | 5:10 p.m. CDT; updated 11:12 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 8, 2011

Missouri's T.J. Moe, Michael Egnew and Grant Ressel were named to preseason award watch lists for their respective positions Thursday.

Moe, a junior from O'Fallon, is a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top wide receiver. In 2010, Moe racked up 92 catches, ninth-most in the country, for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns. 

Egnew was a finalist in 2010 for the Mackey Award, given to college football's top tight end, and will be a candidate again in 2011. The senior, from Plainview, Texas led tight ends nationally in receptions last season, with 90, and scored five touchdowns.

The Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker, named Ressel to its preseason list, after the senior out of Jackson was a semifinalist for the award the past two seasons. Ressel has made 43 of 46 field goals over that period and was a First Team All-American in 2009.

Zaviar Gooden is on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the top overall defensive player, which was released earlier this week.

Former Tiger Chase Coffman, now with the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals, won the Mackey Award in 2008. Danario Alexander was a finalist for the Biletnikoff in 2009, when he led college football in receiving yards with 1,781.

The Big 12 had 11 of the 74 receivers named to Biletnikoff's list while Egnew and Kansas' Tim Biere were the only two Big 12 tight ends on the Mackey list of 34.

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