Chase In The Race

1 decade 6 months 4 days ago Monday, November 19 2007 Nov 19, 2007 Monday, November 19, 2007 10:24:32 AM CST November 19, 2007 in News

However, they decided to wait and let the wins do the talking. Now 11 games into the season, Mizzou is making sure the voters know Chase is in the running.

"He just knows how to get the ball to you. He knows how to get the ball to open guys. I think he has an argument as to if he should be in Heisman race or not," receiver Jeremy Maclin said.

You have to go back to black and white to see the only MU Tiger to rumble into the top five on the Heisman ballot. It's been a long time since "Pitching" Paul Christman finished third in the Heisman voting in 1939 and fifth the next season. No Tiger football players have finished in the top five since.

"If they have a Top 5 or 6 candidate list, our guy is on there pretty much, every one I see," Sports Information Director Chad Moller said.

Everywhere he goes, Daniel is asked about his chances of winning the most popular trophy on the college football map.

"It's a big problem to have, but it's a good one. I just got off a radio show in Seattle, Washington. About the Heisman stuff," Daniel said.

The Missouri's Sports Information Department has a campaign director in the Chase for the Heisman ticket.

"The basic plan is to construct some type of Web site off of mutigers.com that is specific to Chase that people can go to for news updates," Moller said.

If the voters don't go to the website, the information is going to come to them. Mizzou plans on going postal.

"We'll just print up a flyer of some sorts that has all the bells and whistles to attract peoples attention and just mass mailing. We're going to kill the post office here in the next few weeks," Moller said.

Daniel is not so focused on the flyers.

"I think the main thing for me right now is to get our team to win. If I throw over 100 yards, I could care less. We won," he said.

If the trophy doesn't have his name on it this season, the Tigers want to make sure Chase is one of the Top 5 that get invited to the party.

"That just ramps it up for next year and then you would see us do an orchestrated Preseason campaign that had a plan throughout the year. I always wanted to do a bobblehead," Moller said.

Try to catch this one: the quarterback's favorite former Heisman winners all called the backfield home.

"I'm going to go Reggie Bush. I'm a new school type of guy. Marcus Allen is pretty good. Ricky Williams when he did the Heisman pose after he won it was something special," Daniel said.

The Chase-the-Heisman Web site isn't the first Missouri Football player with his own website. T-rucker.com is a website for Mackey Award candidate tight end Martin Rucker.

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