Report: Junior QB files paperwork asking NFL for evaluation

Updated: December 17, 2007, 2:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel intends to return for his senior season, but he wants to do some homework first. What exactly, he wonders, does the NFL think about his prospects if he left early?

Chase Daniel

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Daniel, who led Missouri to a 9-2 season and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, has filed paperwork with an NFL committee that evaluates where college underclassmen might be selected should they leave early for the draft, the Dallas Morning News reported Monday.

"It's going to be almost 99-to-one against me leaving. It has to be something special," Daniel told the newspaper. "When I committed here three years ago, I promised them four years to play."

Daniel excelled in Missouri's spread offense, passing for 4,170 yards and 33 touchdowns in the team's breakout season. He had a 69.7 completion percentage and also rushed for 284 yards and four scores.

Daniel told the Morning News he would not make a decision about his future until discussing it with his parents and coaching staff after receiving feedback from the NFL.

The Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the BCS Standings heading into their matchup against Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship. Not only did Missouri lose, it fell out of the BCS bowl picture.

Missouri (No. 7 BCS, No. 6 AP) will play Arkansas in the AT&T Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year's Day.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.