Chase Coffman (TE)
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Peculiar, MO
High School: Raymore-Peculiar
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Coffman emerged as the elite pass-catching tight end in the college ranks during his senior year. A team-first athlete, he willingly shared playing time with Martin Rucker during his first three seasons, as they teamed to form college football's best 1-2 punch at the tight end position. That duo accounted for 341 receptions for 3,584 yards and 34 touchdowns during those three seasons, which was 35.45 percent of the team's receptions (962), 33.55 percent of the squad's receiving yardage (10,681) and 43.59 percent of its touchdown catches (78) during that span.
The Tiger would only start 20 of 50 games for Missouri, but his 247 receptions shattered the NCAA career record for tight ends, surpassing the previous mark of 217 catches by Ibn Green of Louisville (1996-99). Despite missing two games with a toe injury that would hamper him in his final three contests, he tied the NCAA single-season record for tight ends with 90 receptions, equaling a mark first set by James Whalen of Kentucky in 1999. He would also shatter the school career record with 30 touchdown catches, the sixth-best total in Big 12 Conference history.
Coming from a football family, Coffman, the oldest of Paul and Amy's four children, spurned numerous collage scholarship offers to enroll at Missouri, including one from his father's school, Kansas State. Paul led KSU in scoring and was an Academic All-Big Eight Conference selection in 1977. He went on to star as a tight end for Green Bay (1978-85), earning two Pro Bowl invites before concluding his career at Kansas City (1986-87). Chase's younger brother, Carson, followed his father, enrolling at Kansas State (2006-present), where he serves as a reserve quarter-back.
At Raymore-Peculiar High School, Coffman was rated the nation's fourth-best tight end by Super Prep, which also rated him the state of Missouri's seventh-best overall prospect. He was ranked third overall in the state by Rivals.com and was the recipient of the 2004 Simone Award, which is given annually to the top player in the Kansas City metro area.
He also earned first-team All-State honors for three consecutive seasons, and was a two-time All-District and All-Conference pick.
As a senior, Coffman teamed with his younger brother, Carson, the squad's starting quarterback, to set numerous state receiving records. Along the way, he helped lead the team to the Class V state championship during an undefeated 2004 season (13-0 record).
That season, Coffman was named Conference Player of the Year after catching 41 passes for 886 yards and 16 touchdowns. He snared three balls for 56 yards and a touchdown in the state title game, including a 14-yarder in the third quarter that effectively put the game out of reach as the team went on to a 37-18 win over McCluer North High.
As a junior, Coffman added 50 receptions for 817 yards and 13 scores. In his first varsity season, he collected 39 catches for 611 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. He also lettered three times in basketball, earning first-team All-Conference honors in hoops in 2003-04.
Coffman turned down scholarship offers from Kansas State, Iowa, Nebraska, Florida,
Michigan State, UCLA and Kansas, among others, to enroll at Missouri, where the 210-pounder was recruited as a tight end/defensive back.
In 2005, he was named Freshman All-American first-team, as he tied for the team lead with 47 receptions for 503 yards (10.7 avg) and four touchdowns, despite starting just one game. He posted 31 first-down catches, including converting eight third-down plays. In addition to his four scoring grabs, he had key receptions that set up eight other touchdown drives and five more that ended with field goals. He also recorded four solo tackles on the punt coverage squad.
In 2006, Coffman was a second-team All-Big 12 Conference choice. He won the team's Receiver of the Year and Hammer (most blocks) Award. Even though he started just five times in 13 contests, he led the team and ranked fourth among the nation's tight ends with a then school single-season record for tight ends of 58 catches, good for 638 yards (11.0 avg). His nine touchdown grabs set another Missouri tight end season mark. Thirty-six of his catches were good for first downs, with 12 coming off third-down grabs. He had 29 grabs for more than 10 yards and in addition to his nine scores, he set up 11 other touchdown drives.
The Mackey Award semifinalist was bothered late in the year by an ankle injury that required surgery after the 2007 season. He still finished third on the squad with 52 catches for 531 yards (10.2 avg) and seven touchdowns. Twenty-five of those grabs were for 10 yards or longer, as he also had key receptions on 10 other touchdown drives and five series that ended with field goals. He closed out the year with 32 first downs, converting 14 third-down plays and another on fourth down.
As a senior, Coffman missed the Kansas State and Iowa State games with a hyper-extension of his left great toe. He still tied the NCAA single-season record for tight ends with a school annual record 90 receptions, good for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns, adding to his Tiger career record of 30 scoring grabs. The consensus All-American and unanimous All-Big 12 Conference first-team choice also earned the Mackey Award, given to the nation's premier tight end.
Attended Raymore-Peculiar (Peculiar, Mo.) High School, playing football for head coach Tom Kruse...Rated the nation's fourth-best tight end by Super Prep, who also rated him the state of Missouri's seventh-best overall prospect...Ranked third overall in the state by Rivals.com and was the recipient of the 2004 Simone Award, which is given annually to the top player in the Kansas City metro area...Earned first-team All-State honors for three consecutive seasons, and was a two-time All-District and All-Conference pick...As a senior, Coffman teamed with his younger brother, Carson, the squad's starting quarterback, to set numerous state receiving records...Along the way, he helped lead the team to the Class V state championship during an undefeated 2004 season (13-0 record)...That season, he was named Conference Player of the Year after catching 41 passes for 886 yards and 16 touchdowns...Snared three balls for 56 yards and a touchdown in the state title game, including a 14-yarder in the third quarter that effectively put the game out of reach as the team went on to a 37-18 win over McCluer North High...As a junior, Coffman added 50 receptions for 817 yards and 13 scores...In his first varsity season, he collected 39 catches for 611 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore...Also lettered three times in basketball, earning first-team All-Conference honors in hoops in 2003-04...Graduated with a 3.3 grade point average.
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Positives: Rare size potential for the position. Athletic enough to line up in a variety of positions, including split out wide, in motion or along the line of scrimmage. Good initial quickness off the snap. Has the lateral agility to avoid the jam at the line and get a clean release into his route. Uses his hands well in this area to break free from defenders when initially challenged. Good lateral quickness and body control to gain separation from defenders. Good balance and body control to make the acrobatic reception with defenders draped over him. Can make the tough catch in traffic and looks to get upfield to gain extra yardage. Reliable hands. Generally looks the ball into his hands to make the secure reception, but will trap the ball against his body when he anticipates a big hit. More physical as a blocker than you'd expect for a tight end split wide as often as he is. Provides a good initial jolt to the defender when blocking and gives good effort to sustain his blocks. Emerged as a standout as a true freshman. Good bloodlines. Father, Paul Coffman, was an NFL tight end for 10 years.
Negatives: Only marginal straight-line speed. Not a true deep seam threat. Flashes the physicality and toughness scouts want in a downfield blocker, but rarely blocks from a traditional three-point stance. Legitimate durability concerns following repeated foot injuries the past two seasons. Struggled for much of his senior season with turf toe and broke the fifth metatarsal in his left bone on the final play of the Alama Bowl. Played through recurring bone spurs as a junior that eventually resulted in corrective surgery in the offseason. Was not able to work out at the combine or at Missouri's pro day following surgery to fix the left foot.
Compares To: HEATH MILLER, Pittsburgh -- Whether used in the classic tight end position or in motion, one thing is evident - Coffman has the natural hands and RAC ability to gain big yardage once he gets the ball in his hands. He has outstanding size, arm extension and balance to go along with good strength to break tackles. He shows great body control adjusting to off-target throws and flashes good aggression as a blocker. With Martin Rucker having graduated, Coffman emerged as the team's featured target in 2008 until he was injured late in the year. The foot surgery has set back his workouts for teams, making it possible that he will be drafted lower than his scouting report indicates.
2007: Originally tweaked his right ankle during the Oklahoma game (10/13), nursing the injury for the next several games...Re-injured the ankle when a defender rolled on him early in the Kansas (11/24) clash...Forced to wear a protective boot, missing the following game vs. Oklahoma (second meeting) in the Big 12 title contest...Underwent surgery after the Cotton Bowl (1/08/08) to remove bone chips and calcium deposits, undergoing rehabilitation for the next two months.
2008: Sat out the Kansas State (11/08) and Iowa State (11/15) games with a left great toe sprain and hyperextension. Was forced to wear a protective boot for several weeks and played with a noticeable limp in his final three contests.
2009: Underwent surgery on his left big toe on Jan. 9 after he re-injured his foot. Doctors diagnosed his recent injury as a Jones fracture. Coffman stated that he suffered the injury on the last offensive play of the Alamo Bowl (12/31) vs. Northwestern, breaking the fifth metatarsal on his left foot. Recovery from the surgery forced Coffman to sit out the combine workouts and Missouri's pro day.