Five NFL prospects to return to Missouri for senior season

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Five Missouri football players who
considered entering the 2008 NFL draft will return for their senior
season instead.

The juniors, including quarterback Chase Daniel and tight end
Chase Coffman, had submitted their names to the NFL College
Advisory Committee before the Cotton Bowl.

"These are all high-caliber football players," Missouri coach
Gary Pinkel said. "Having them here is obviously a huge positive
for us going forward."

The others who submitted their names were free safety William
Moore, defensive end Stryker Sulak and defensive tackle Ziggy Hood.

Their decision to return gives Missouri 16 returning starters,
including 10 on defense, from a team that won the Big 12 North
Division for the first time, won a school-record 12 games, beat
Arkansas 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl, and finished the season with a
No. 4 ranking, its highest ever.

After players submit their names to the committee, the panel
projects in which round each would likely be chosen in the upcoming

"It was a great process to go through for me, personally,"
Daniel said. "I think everyone is glad they got the feedback, and
I know we're all excited about what's out here for us as a team
next year."

Daniel, in his second season as starter, passed for 4,306 yards
and 33 touchdowns on his way to being named Big 12 Offensive Player
of the Year and finishing fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy.

Coffman, who was third on the team with 52 catches for 531
yards, holds the Missouri career record for touchdown catches with
20. He was named to the All-Big 12 second team.

Moore played his best at the end of the season, when he
intercepted five passes in Missouri's final six games after
teammate Pig Brown suffered a season-ending injury. He finished the
season tied for the most interceptions in the country with eight.

Sulak and Hood will anchor a line next season that lost All-Big
12 performer Lorenzo Williams. Sulak was named to the All-Big 12
second team after recording six sacks, while Hood was named
honorable mention All Big 12.