Michael Egnew (82) celebrates with Jerrell Jackson (29). UPI/Bill Greenblatt.

Missouri junior TE Michael Egnew has been named one of eight semi-finalists for the 2010 John Mackey Award, as announced today by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The award goes to the nation’s top collegiate tight end, and three finalists for the prestigious awards will be named November 22nd.

Egnew leads all of the nation’s tight ends with 71 receptions, and his 586 receiving yards is also most among all Mackey semi-finalists, with those figures coming against the nation’s 2nd-toughest schedule, according to the NCAA. Egnew’s signature game was a 13-catch, 145-yard performance against San Diego State, and he’s also had double-digit outings against Illinois (10 catches, 60 yards, 1 TD) and at Texas A&M (10-87). Egnew also had a two-touchdown game against Colorado, when he had six catches for 52 yards in all.

Egnew is the latest in a line of standout tight ends at Mizzou, as he is following in the footsteps of 2008 Mackey Award winner and consensus 1st-Team All-American Chase Coffman, as well as 2007 Mackey Award finalist and consensus 1st-Team All-American Martin Rucker.