Heading into the 2010 season, Missouri returned three receivers with starting experience. But it was the ones who had played very little prior to 2010 that excelled on the field this year, and established themselves as the primary weapons that opposing defenses had to plan on trying to stop.
At the top of the list is First-Team All Big 12, and Consensus All-American, junior TE Michael Egnew 6'6" 235. Prior to 2010, Egnew had a career total of 7 receptions for 47 yards. Egnew emerged last spring, as Missouri's number one tight end, a reliable receiver, and one of Blaine Gabbert's favorite targets. During the 2010 season, the Mackey Award Finalist led the nation's TEs with 90 receptions. His 762 receiving yards (8.5 yards/reception), and 5 receiving TDs, were second on the team. Egnew is a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses. He's too big for a DB, and too fast for a LB, to cover.
Missouri's other inside receiver is sophomore T.J. Moe 6'0" 190, who led Missouri with 92 receptions, 1045 receiving yards (11.4 yards/reception), and 6 TD receptions. Moe's ascent was even more rapid than Egnew's. He saw little action as a true freshman in 2009, when he made 2 catches, for just 8 yards, and spent most of the season recovering from a broken foot which he incurred as a high school senior. Moe was impressive during the bowl practices in December of 2009, demonstrating great hands, and an ability to get open. By spring, Moe's performance was demanding that he would play in 2010, and by early in fall camp, Moe was showing himself to be Missouri's most reliable receiver.
Although just a sophomore, in his first year as a starter, Moe quickly became a team leader, with his down-to-earth style, and his blue-collar approach. His on-field toughness doesn't go unnoticed by his teammates, either. Moe was selected second-team All Big 12
Heading into 2010, junior Wes Kemp 6'4" 220 was Missouri's most experienced receiver, having started every game as a sophomore in 2009, after having seen limited playing time as a freshman, in 2008. Kemp is widely regarded as Missouri's best blocker at the receiver positions, and does a great job opening seems on the perimeter. But, the position is entitled 'wide receiver' for a reason, and Kemp was inconsistent as a receiver in 2010. When Kemp was at his best, Missouri was at its best. Kemp had a career day, with 10 catches, for 89 yards, and 2 TDs, in Missouri's win at Texas A&M, and he had 4 receptions, for 71 yards, in the win over Oklahoma. On the season, Kemp had 39 receptions, for 420 yards (10.8 yards/reception), and 3 TDs. But what doesn't show up in the statistics, is the dropped passes. And, there was just too many of those, including at least two sure TDs in the 7-point loss at Texas Tech.
Junior WR Jerrell Jackson 6'1" 190 came into the 2010 season with 5 career starts, and 46 career receptions, for 556 yards, and 2 TDs. He began the season playing with his hand in a cast. On the season, Jackson had 50 receptions, for 656 yards (13.1 yards/reception), and 3 TDs. Like Kemp, Jackson's best games were also Missouri's best offensive games. When Kemp and Jackson played their best, Missouri's offense was prolific! Against Texas A&M, Jackson had 4 receptions for 55 yards, and against Oklahoma, Jackson had 9 receptions, for 139 yards, and 1 TD. In the losses at Nebraska and Texas Tech, Jackson was practically a no show, with just 3 receptions, for 30 yards in the two games. But, what was even more noticeable, were the dropped passes.
Like Kemp, Jackson was inconsistent catching the football, and he too, dropped a couple of sure TD passes in the loss at Texas Tech.
Another of Missouri's more experienced receivers, heading into 2010, was junior TE Andrew Jones 6'5" 250, who saw limited action this season, with just 1 reception, for 7 yards, on the season. Jones has seen his playing time decrease in each of the past two seasons, after garnering 20 receptions, for 146 yards, during 2008, as a freshman. During his sophomore year, in which Jones started 8 games at TE, he grabbed a total of 8 passes for 43 yards. Jones has been a reliable receiver, but lacks the kind of speed that would make him a more favored target.
Coming into 2010, junior Brandon Gerau 6'0" 175 has 2 career catches, for 19 receiving yards. In 2010, the sure-handed Gerau had 7 receptions, for 120 receiving yards (17.1 yards/reception).
Prior to 2010, sophomore Rolandis Woodland 6'3" 200 had seen limited action, with 5 career catches, for 26 receiving yards. The athletically gifted Woodland has steadily improved to try to overcome his own inconsistency in catching the football. In 2010, Woodland made 5 receptions, for 197 yards (19.7 yards/reception).
A trio of Missouri receivers each made their first career receptions for the Tigers in 2010, including sophomore Gahn McGaffie 5'10" 185 (6 receptions, for 40 yards), RSF L'Damian Washington 6'4" 190 (5 receptions, for 35 yards), and freshman Marcus Lucas 6'5" 205 (3 receptions, for 23 yards). McGaffie's 2010 season will be best remembered for his 86-yard return for a TD, on the opening kick-off against Oklahoma.
A True freshman TE Eric Waters 6'4" 220, and RSF WR Jaleel Clark 6'5" 215 each saw action on special teams, and in limited time on offense, but neither of them have made a reception for Missouri.