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Shane Ray headlines seven Missouri All-SEC selections

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports 

For the second-straight year, a Missouri defensive lineman will take home the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray took advantage of his first year as a starter, leading the SEC with 14 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. Ray follows in former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam’s shoes after Sam won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2013.

This is the second time a team has won back-to-back defensive player of the year awards, the other instance being LSU in 2010 and 2011.

Ray headlines a list of seven Missouri players selected to the 2014 AP All-SEC team. Read more of this post


Missouri travels south to take on Texas A&M Aggies

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team heads south this weekend to take on Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The Tigers (7-2, 4-1) are looking to remain in the driver’s seat of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division with a win. Both teams are trending upward. Missouri has rattled off three straight victories since getting blanked by Georgia 34-0 at home. Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3) has won two straight games — including a wild 41-38 victory over Auburn last weekend — since getting throttled by Alabama 59-0 on Oct. 18. Here are four things to watch for when the Tigers and Aggies kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday: Read more of this post

Media Day Notes: Missouri prepares to play without two starters

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports 

The big news out of Missouri football media day on Monday was the indefinite suspension of starting cornerback Aarion Penton. The suspension comes after Penton was arrested early Friday morning for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor in Columbia.

“These are young guys,” Missouri cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford said. “They all make mistakes, just like my kids. I try to treat them just like (my kids). We move on, we learn from it, and hopefully they don’t make the same mistakes again. We try to use this as a teaching moment.”

Penton’s suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Tigers. Read more of this post

Saturday Sports: Team captain Braylon Webb

Darren Hellwege logoAs we count the days to the start of football season, Darren Hellwege talks with Tiger safety Braylon Webb about the importance of his experience in the young Tiger defense, and his having been named a team captain. Missouri’s football season begins Saturday at home, facing the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The game is scheduled for 2:30 Central time.

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Mizzou’s Mauk has his best game of season, defeats Tennessee 31-3

Franklin could be back for next game

Photos by Tim Nwachukwu
Story by The Associated Press

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham jogs into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game against Tennessee.

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham jogs into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game against Tennessee.

COLUMBIA — Gary Pinkel reminded Missouri players coming off a bitter loss that an SEC title game was still in their grasp.

The 10th-ranked Tigers heard their coach loud and clear.

“Why in the world would you ever be thinking about last week’s game when there’s so much out there,” Pinkel said after getting a dominant and resilient effort in a 31-3 victory over Tennessee Saturday night. “A little common sense here. Are you kidding me?”

He also told them to savor the start to their season and added he’d “take that the rest of my career. Forever.”

The players were loose. They grabbed another big lead, and then they built on it.

“We’re just kids out there tossing the ball around,” offensive guard Max Copeland said. “It’s recess time out there.

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Emotional roller coaster ride not fun for Mizzou’s Baggett

By The
 Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Andrew Baggett couldn’t sleep.

Andrew Baggett watches as his kick off flies toward the end zone in the game against Murray State on August 31, 2013.

Andrew Baggett watches as his kick off flies toward the end zone in the game against Murray State on August 31, 2013.

Hours earlier, he missed a 24-yard field goal attempt that gave Missouri its first loss of the season, a 27-24 double-overtime setback to South Carolina. When the ball thudded off the left goal post Saturday night, few in Memorial Stadium could believe it, least of all Baggett.

How could a kicker who tied a school record with five field goals the week before then miss a chip shot to tie the game?

“In the locker room, I just wanted to go crawl in a hole and disappear for a day or two,” Baggett said.

Sitting at home after the game, the sophomore wondered whether the whole situation was a dream. The brownies his Read more of this post

Defense strong, QB still uncertain as football finishes spring practice

Mizzou's defense dominated Saturdays Black & Gold scrimmage. (Photo by Nick Gerhardt)

By Darren Hellwege, KBIA Sports Director

Spring drills for 2011 Missouri Tigers football team came to an end Saturday with the annual Black and Gold intersquad scrimmage. And while most of the discussion about the upcoming season has centered around the battle between James Franklin and Tyler Gabbert to see who will emerge as the Tigers starting quarterback, fans were reminded Saturday that defense will be a strength.

“I’d like to think with our depth and personal, we can be a real good team again defensively,” said Tiger coach Gary Pinkel. “We got a lot of guys on the defensive line. We got 3 starters back, three guys who’ve started at linebackers, I think our safeties and corners are coming around, which I thought they would, that doesn’t surprise me. Tavon Bolden had a great spring, he’s got a William Moore type ability, so we got a lot of things in place.”

Another strong point in the defensive backfield may be emerging in cornerback E.J. Gaines, a sophomore from Independence, Mo. “He might take my job some day. You’re gonna notice him on Saturday, he’s going to make a lot of plays. You all will know who he is,” raved teammate Kip Edwards. Gaines made an excellent play intercepting a Blaine Gabbert pass, and broke up two other passes in addition to making two tackles. Reserve free safety Braylon Webb led the team with seven tackles.

The first team offense scored twice in the first half of the scrimmage, taking on the 2nd stringers, with Grant Ressel hitting a 25 yard field goal and later with Franklin hitting Columbia Rock Bridge product Brandon Gerau on a 1 yard pass. The reserves scored on a 32-yard pass from Franklin to Marcus Murphy and a 43-yard field goal from backup Trey Barrow.

As the team moves into the summer, it’s offense, and in particular quarterback that’ll dominate most discussion about the upcoming Mizzou season. Both Franklin and Gabbert expressed some satisfaction with their play Saturday, but both also saw need for improvement.

Asked about his main goal for the day, Franklin said he wanted to “move the offense. Always get positive yards, the quarterback affects what everybody else does on offense.” He said his performance for the day was “pretty good,” and that he wanted to spend the summer working on relationships. “We want to be on the same page even when things break down.” And when the topic of his spot at No. 1 on the depth chart came up, Franklin said “I can never be comfortable with Ty, he’s a hard worker so I know he’s going to come back and get some push in there, I just need to continue to work hard.”

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