Mel West

New York Jets
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  • A native of Jefferson City, West ranks as MU’s sixth-leading career rusher with 1,848 yards.
  • He was all-Big Eight in 1960, when the Tigers achieved the only number-one ranking in school history.
  • One of only two MU running backs (James Wilder is the other) to lead the team in rushing three straight seasons, and is the only Tiger running back ever to lead MU in total offense three times.
  • Was MU’s top kickoff return man in 1959 and ’60, averaging more than 33 yards per return.
  • Played in two range Bowl games for Dan Devine and was MU’s leading rusher in each.
  • Played professionally with the Boston Patriots and New York Titans of the American Football League.