Missouri’s Shane Ray (56) works against Central Florida’s offensive lineman Torrian Wilson (72) on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Columbia. Ray had seven tackles in the Missouri 38-10 victory and today was named Defensive Player of the Week by the SEC.
By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week two days after his monster effort helped his team defeat Central Florida 38-10.
In helping No. 18 Missouri improve to 3-0, Ray recorded seven tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. Ray’s four tackles behind the line of scrimmage backed the Knights up a grand total of 26 yards — only seven less than starting UCF tailback William Stanback managed on the ground all day.
“Shane was everywhere,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said after the game. “I mean (defensive end Markus Golden) certainly did some good things — we had a lot of defensive linemen doing great things — but Shane’s a great player.”
Through three games, the speedy junior ranks first nationally in tackles for loss (7 ½) and third in sacks (five).
Ray is the second Missouri player in as many weeks to earn SEC weekly honors; starting quarterback Maty Mauk was named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week in wake of his six-touchdown effort on the road against Toledo.
The Tigers will try to remain undefeated this weekend when Indiana (1-1) rolls into town. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Faurot Field.