Drafted: Pick 8 of the 5th round by Chicago
Positives: Natural athlete with a good height/weight/speed factor...Has a well-developed frame that packs a lot of power...Displays effective upfield quickness and the acceleration to elude defenders after the catch...Has the body control to make sharp cuts coming out of his routes...Shows timing to the stick posts and on corner routes...Uses his quickness and power to gain most of his yardage after the catch...Shows good leaping ability going up for the ball in flight and a competitive nature to wrest the ball away from defenders in traffic... Extends his arms properly and catches with his hands...Has the strength to escape press coverage...Shows aggression and functional strength when called upon for blocking purposes...Capable of making the crack block upfield...Knows how to come back for the underneath and off-target passes...Possesses a powerful and dangerous arm for the option pass.
Negatives: Lacks top foot speed, lateral agility and burst to escape the press...Does not have the long acceleration to be considered game-breaking material, as he does not separate quickly...Needs to concentrate on tracking the ball in better (too many drops)...Shows he can reach and pluck the ball, but also has a tendency to bobble the pigskin...Shows inconsistent aggression when asked to block, especially in pass protection...Bit of a selfish player who was never considered a team leader...Needs to build up before he can attain top speed...Bit stiff in the hips and lacks juking moves to elude after the catch, relying more on his power to break arm tackles.
Versatile athlete who excelled on the basketball team before concentrating strictly on football as a senior...Started 34 of 37 games during his career, finishing with 200 catches for 2704 yards (13.5 avg) and 18 touchdowns.
All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection by the media...Started all year at the "X" receiver slot, leading the team for the third-straight year with a school season-record 82 catches for 1075 yards (13.1 avg) and nine touchdowns...Completed his only pass attempt for a 6-yard score...Rushed twice for 9 yards (4.5 avg).
Illinois...Snared 7 passes for 63 yards in the season opener, adding 5 yards on a reverse.
Ball State...Made 5 catches for 58 yards and a 2-yard score.
Bowling Green...Set a school game-record with 16 catches, equaling his career-high as he gained 236 yards with a 19-yard score...His 236 yards tied his own school game-record, set vs. Baylor in 2001.
Troy State...Followed with 34 yards on 5 grabs.
Oklahoma...Torched All-Big Twelve Conference cornerback Derrick Strait for 122 yards on 9 receptions, including a 23-yard touchdown.
Nebraska...Followed with 7 catches for 47 yards.
Texas Tech...Hauled in 5 passes for 114 yards with touchdowns of 53 & 24
Kansas...Made 4 catches for 77 yards and a 62-yard score.
Iowa State...Picked up 37 yards on 6 grabs, 4 yards on a reverse and tossed a 6-yard scoring pass to J.D. McCoy.
Colorado...Had 9 receptions for 108 yards, including 27 & 10-yard touchdowns.
Texas A&M...Collected 123 yards with a 32-yard score on 7 catches.
Kansas State...Closed out his career with a pair of receptions for 56 yards.
All-Big Twelve Conference first-team choice by the Associated Press and the league's coaches...Ranked 13th in the nation with an average of 6.8 receptions per game...Led the team with 74 receptions, the third-highest season total in school history...Gained 920 yards (12.4 avg) receiving, the fifth-best season figure in Tigers annals...Had five touch- down grabs...Completed one of two pass attempts for a 9-yard score...Carried once for an 8-yard gain and returned a blocked punt 18 yards for a touchdown.
Bowling Green...Began the year with 9 catches for 118 yards.
Southwest Texas...Scored on an 8-yard catch and returned a blocked punt 18 yards for a touchdown.
Oklahoma State...Hauled in 12 passes for 113 yards and a 15-yard touchdown...Also had a two-point conversion catch.
Iowa State...Added 68 yards on 6 grabs.
Kansas...Followed with 11 receptions for 148 yards and a 14-yard score.
Colorado...Gained 71 yards on 5 catches.
Baylor...Set a school game-record with 236 yards (second-highest game total in Big Twelve Conference history) on 13 catches (second-best game total in school annals), including 9 & 31-yard touchdowns...Also tossed a 9-yard scoring pass to tight end Ben Fredrickson.
Kansas State...Had 3 catches for 44 yards.
Michigan State...Finished the season with 37 yards on 6 grabs.
All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention...Team Offensive Most Valuable Player, as he made a successful switch from quarterback to the "X" receiver position...Led the team with 44 receptions for 709 yards (16.1 avg) and four touchdowns...Completed two of five passes for 105 yards...Rushed six times for minus 14 yards...Credited with a pair of tackles and blocked a kick on special teams.
Western Illinois...In his first career start, he scored on a 14-yard reception.
Michigan State...Had a 35-yard catch and threw a 70-yard completion to John Dausman, the longest pass by a Tiger since 1994.
Nebraska...Had 5 receptions for 125 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown and hit QB Kirk Farmer with a 35-yard pass.
Oklahoma State...Followed with 84 yards on 6 grabs.
Iowa State...Made 4 catches for 69 yards and lost 4 yards on a reverse.
Colorado...Ran for a 3-yard gain and snatched 5 passes for 116 yards.
Baylor...Came up with 8 receptions for 92 yards with a pair of 5-yard touchdowns.
Kansas State...Closed out the season with 6 catches for 80 yards.
Was scheduled to redshirt, but was forced into action at quarterback in the final three games...Finished with 14 of 41 passes for 138 yards (34.1%), two touchdowns and three interceptions...Gained 3 yards on 19 carries (0.2 avg).
Texas A&M...Saw his first extensive action (was in for two series in the prior contest vs. Oklahoma) as he hit on 11 of 24 passes for 111 yards and a pair of fourth quarter scores.
4.63 in the 40-yard dash...40-inch vertical jump...10'4" broad jump...267-pound bench press...465-pound squat...32 1/2-inch arm length...9 3/4-inch hands...19/37 Wonderlic score.
Standout quarterback at Jefferson City (Mo.) High, adding second-team All-State honors as a defensive back...Threw for 1148 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 702 yards and 12 scores in his final season...Also lettered in basketball.
Business major...Became the third quarterback in as many years to sign with Mizzou out of Jefferson City High, following Kurt Propst, 1997 (no longer with the team, now playing baseball for MU) and Kirk Farmer, 1998...Caught the eye of the Missouri basketball staff after guarding his MU teammate Kareem Rush in a high school all-star game...Son of Ernestine and Al Gage...Born 1/25/81...Resides in Jefferson City, Missouri.
YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2000 44 709 16.1 4 48 4.00 64.45
2001 74 920 12.4 5 43 6.73 83.64
2002 82 1075 13.1 9 62 6.83 89.58
TOTAL 200 2704 13.5 18 62 5.88 79.53
YEAR ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD INT LONG