Missouri football's Michael Egnew to play in Senior Bowl

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 8:53 p.m. CST
North Carolina’s Tre Boston stops Missouri’s Michael Egnew in the second half of the Independence Bowl college football game Monday in Shreveport, La.

COLUMBIA — Missouri tight end Michael Egnew accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl.

Egnew, who was first-team All-Big 12 at tight end, caught 50 passes for 523 yards and three touchdowns this season. He was Missouri's second-leading receiver in both catches and yards. Two of his best games came against Baylor and Iowa State — 12 receptions against the Bears, 105 yards against the Cyclones.

"We're really looking forward to seeing what Michael can do here at the Senior Bowl," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said in a press release Tuesday.

"He has proven to be one of the premier tight ends in the nation the last couple of years and has earned this opportunity to showcase his talents and maximize his value to those making the ultimate decision on draft day."

During his Missouri career, Egnew had 147 receptions for 1,332 yards and eight touchdowns in 26 starts.

The two most recent Missouri football players to accept invitations to play in the Senior Bowl in 2010 were wide receiver Danario Alexander, who chipped some cartilage in an already surgically-repaired knee during a Senior Bowl practice that year, and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

This year's game is set for 3 p.m. on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala.

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