Ever wondered what a Mizzou team that was comprised of only Missouri kids would look like? Or wonder how good an only-Texan Mizzou squad would do? Well, you’re in luck! This offseason, the Rock M Masthead is assembling the best team of Mizzou players by state that they graduated high school from. We compiled a list of the significant starters on every team from the year 2000 on and voted on the best players at their position group in order to create three “All-State” Mizzou squads: Team Missouri, Team Texas, and Team USA. Over the next nine weeks you’ll read about these Mizzou Greats that hailed from the respective regions and, hopefully, come away impressed with just how good these fictional teams could actually be.
We start this week, of course, with the quarterbacks.
Team Texas Quarterback: Chase Daniel
You didn’t think this was going to anyone else, right? Let’s be honest, Daniel is the best quarterback in Mizzou history, and he’s probably the single most important player in program history. He led the Tigers to the #1 ranking in the country in 2007. Mizzou finished his career with a 30-11 record, including the first two conference division titles in program history.
We might never see another player quite like Daniel. He made Missouri relevant on a national stage. He was the program’s second Heisman Trophy finalist in his record-breaking 2007 season. He was eventually named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and finished as a second-team consensus All-American for his efforts in ‘07.
If there’s a significant passing record in Mizzou’s history, Chase Daniel probably holds it.
- Career passing yards (12,515)
- Career touchdown passes (101)
- Career completion percentage (68%)
- Career total offense (13,485)
- Career total touchdowns (111)
- Passing yards in a single season (4,335)
- Touchdown passes in a single season (39)
There will be some difficult choices for this exercise. Selecting Chase Daniel as the best quarterback out of the state of Texas to play at Mizzou is not among them.