Coming out of Plainview, Texas, the 200-pound Egnew was considered a too-slow wide receiver, failing to gain interest from any of the four Texas-based Big 12 schools.
Four years and 45 pounds later, Egnew is a returning first-team All-American tight end, and the next link in the Tigers' tradition of popping out receiving threats at the position.
Looking back, it's difficult to see how he didn't attract more attention. At 6-foot-6, Egnew had a 40-yard dash time of 4.64 seconds, a time that while not fast, isn't usually slow enough to keep coaches from looking at a 6-6, 200-pound player. And he showed great overall athleticism, standing out at basketball and finishing second in the state Class 4A long jump. He also made first-team All-District as a junior — so it wasn't like he came out of nowhere — despite playing on a run-heavy team.
Still, for whatever reason, Egnew was one of those players who slipped through the cracks, and for Missouri's gain. After catching just seven passes for 47 yards in his first two seasons, he exploded as a junior, snagging 90 passes for 762 yards and five touchdowns. His 6.92 receptions per game ranked 10th nationally, putting him on par with many of the country's top receivers.
The key now will be to see whether he can stretch the field the way his predecessors Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman did. Because while his 90-catch number is staggering, his 8.5 yards per catch and five touchdowns are both numbers that can be improved.
But after the way things went four years ago, who is there left to doubt him?
2010 Stats: 90 catches, 762 yards, five touchdowns