|Missouri coach says QB Daniel a Heisman finalist|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 05 December 2007 07:50|
An official announcement of the five finalists was scheduled for Wednesday night, but Pinkel told Missouri fans Tuesday night that his junior quarterback made the cut.
``This shines a huge light, a shining light, on the University of Missouri and the state,'' Pinkel said in a conference call with the Mizzou Tiger Club of St. Louis.
In his second year as a starter, Daniel has thrown 33 touchdowns and more than 4,100 yards in leading No. 7 Missouri (11-2) to one of the best seasons in school history.
The Tigers will face No. 25 Arkansas (8-4) in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day. The game marks Missouri's first Jan. 1 bowl game in nearly four decades.
The bowl game will likely match a pair of Heisman finalists. Razorbacks running back Darren McFadden, last year's Heisman runner-up, also was expected to be invited to New York for Saturday's selection.