Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Photos by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports
Missouri defensive end Shane Ray finished the day with wo sacks and four tackles for loss.
By his own admission, Shane Ray was the chubby kid growing up. The grade school kid who was slow, clumsy — the last pick in schoolyard games.
Things were so bad that Ray quit football all together in fifth grade.
“I hadn’t really bloomed into being an athlete, so I didn’t really want to play,” Ray said during Monday’s media session.
After watching Ray repeatedly terrorize Central Florida quarterback Justin Holman and a number of Knights running backs to the tune of two sacks and four tackles for a loss Saturday at Faurot Field, it’s difficult to imagine a time when Ray wasn’t a dominant force. The Tigers junior defensive end spearheaded a Missouri defensive unit that harassed UCF into four second-half turnovers in No. 20 Missouri’s 38-10 win.
“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.”
Ray was consistent throughout the game, registering two tackles for a loss in the first half to go along with the two tackles for loss and two sacks he posted during the final 30 minutes of play. But for many of his fellow teammates, Read more of this post