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MU’s Coffman plans to play

November 4, 2008

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— Tight end Chase Coffman sprained his left big toe in No. 13 Missouri's victory at Baylor but said Monday he expects to play this week.

Coffman set an NCAA career record for receptions by a tight end earlier this season and has extra incentive to play against Kansas State on Saturday night: It's the Tigers' home finale and his father - former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Paul Coffman - played for the Wildcats.

Quarterback Chase Daniel sounded confident that he'll have Coffman available for the Kansas State game.

"He's looking good," Daniel said. "He's such a competitor and it's his dad's team, so yeah, he's going to play."

Coffman was in a walking boot on Sunday and was at the top of coach Gary Pinkel's short injury list on Monday, listed as questionable. But he walked with only a slight limp when he met with reporters and said: "I'll be playing."

"There's still a lot of time to get healed up and I'm going to be in the training room a lot," Coffman said. "It's going to be our last game at the 'Zoo and we've got to go out with a bang."

Coffman caught two touchdown passes in the 31-28 victory at Baylor, both requiring fancy footwork in the corner of the end zone, before getting hurt in the fourth quarter.

"I just planted to make a block and when I pushed off, I don't know what happened," Coffman said. "It just hurt."

Pinkel said Coffman was "limping around most of the fourth quarter," but noted there wasn't much swelling. Coffman didn't think the injury would prevent him from trying more of the full-extension, tightrope-walking catches that have become his trademark.

"Whatever it takes to win," Coffman said. "I don't think it has anything to do with that."

Coffman has 230 career receptions with a school-record 27 touchdowns, and has four 100-yard games this season for Missouri (7-2, 3-2 Big 12). He's fourth on the list of active reception leaders, trailing wide receivers Jarrett Dillard of Rice (270), A.J. Harris of New Mexico State (240) and Michael Thomas of Arizona (233).

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