COLUMBIA, Mo. – Two Missouri players were named to the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team Thursday, both on the offensive side of the ball.
Running back Tyler Badie, who missed three games this season due to injury, was selected after rushing for 407 yards and two touchdowns on 80 carries this year. He also had 11 catches for 125 yards. Auburn’s JaTarvious Whitlow and Texas A&M’s JaShaun Corbin also made the team at running back.
Missouri’s other representative was tight end Daniel Parker Jr., a Blue Springs High School graduate who only started playing tight end this season after focusing on the defensive line in spring practices and at Blue Springs. (He was also an offensive lineman in high school.)
Parker caught six passes for 63 yards this season and scored his first career touchdown with a 20-yard reception against Vanderbilt. He transitioned seamlessly as a blocker, becoming a huge asset in the run game over the Tigers’ final four games as Albert Okwuegbunam missed time with a shoulder injury.
Okwuegbunam got an all-freshman nod last season, along with center Trystan Colon-Castillo, defensive end Tre Williams and all-purpose performer Larry Rountree III.