Coffman breaks the Mackey embargo

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There was an interesting story in this morning's Columbia Tribune about Missouri tight end Chase Coffman receiving the Mackey Award at last night's Home Depot/ESPNU College Football Awards Show.

Coffman's award didn't receive full-blown treatement and he was mentioned on the air only at the end of the show. Coffman told the Tribune he actually found out he won the award about an hour before the show went on the air.

He quickly texted his family back home in Peculiar, Mo., to tell them of the news. But it came with a caveat.

"They had to promise they wouldn't tell anyone until after the show," Coffman told the Tribune.

Apparently, the Coffmans maintained the sanctity of the Mackey embargo. The news didn't seep out until his award was announced.

Coffman overcame a painful turf toe that caused him to miss two games and struggle for most of the rest of the season. He has 240 career receptions, the most ever by a FBS tight end. He also has totaled 2592 yards, only 112 yards behind the school's career receiving record set by Justin Gage.

The Missouri tight end ended up in Orlando because of the benevolence of teammate Jeremy Maclin, who invited him to the ceremonies in Orlando, Fla., as one of his six selections among friends and family members.

"It's a huge statement for Jeremy Maclin and what kind of person he is, how caring he is," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "He's a team player."