COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -Missouri tight end Chase Coffman expects to return for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft, but isn't quite ready to make that decision final.
Around the time No. 7 Missouri (11-2) plays No. 25 Arkansas (8-4) in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, Coffman expects to hear back from the NFL advisory committee that offers advice to juniors who think they may want to enter the draft. The committee suggests which round in the draft it believes a player would be picked. Coffman sent in an application that includes mostly game film.
Until he hears back, he won't decide whether to turn pro.
``As of right now I'm almost positive I'll be staying,'' Coffman said. ``Whenever we get this thing back that predicts what round, I'll sit down and think a little bit more.''
Last year, Coffman's fellow tight end, Martin Rucker, went through the same process. Given a fifth-round prediction, he returned for his senior season and became an All-American.
Coffman is third on the team with 51 catches for 523 yards and seven touchdowns. An ankle injury midway through the season has slowed him down the stretch.
Coffman underwent surgery after Missouri lost the Big 12 title game to Oklahoma, but is expected to be healthy for the Cotton Bowl.
Quarterback Chase Daniel, who was fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, has also asked for a review from the NFL advisory committee, but he has said he fully expects to return for his junior year.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

Betting the 2017 NFL Draft on Tue, Apr 2017 by Blade
NFL Draft Preview on Tue, Apr 2017 by Blade
2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade
College / NBA today on Sun, Mar 2017 by TtomBoBadly
SNOW on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail 2017 Heisman Trophy Odds There are plenty of candidates for the 2017 Heisman Trophy. Here is a look at the favorites entering the summer.
Thumbnail UCLA vs. Texas A&M Odds Texas A&M and UCLA will have one of the featured meetings during the opening weekend of college football....
Thumbnail Michigan vs. Florida Week 1 Odds One of the featured games in Week 1 of the College Football Season has two historic programs colliding when Michigan faces...

NCAAF Team Pages