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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


Snubbed by home state programs, Brothers finds home at Mizzou

by  Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Kentrell Brothers grew up wanting to play for the Oklahoma Sooners or the Oklahoma State Cowboys. When neither offered him a  scholarship, he chose Mizzou. Now a redshirt junior, Brothers is thriving in his role as a weakside linebacker. KBIA Sports’ Christian Clark has more


Mizzou defense dominates in 20-10 win over Kentucky

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Photos by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray (56) jumps to knock down Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles’ (14) pass at the line of scrimmage. Missouri defensive end Markus Golden (33) applies pressure to the quarterback after beating Kentucky offensive tackle Jordan Swindle (70) around the edge.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray (56) jumps to knock down Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles’ (14) pass at the line of scrimmage. Missouri defensive end Markus Golden (33) applies pressure to the quarterback after beating Kentucky offensive tackle Jordan Swindle (70) around the edge.

COLUMBIA — Darrian Miller didn’t stand a chance.

With less than a minute remaining in the game and his team facing fourth-and-7, the Kentucky Wildcats left tackle found himself lined up against Missouri defensive end Shane Ray.

The ball was snapped, and Ray did to Miller what he’s done to so many offensive linemen this year: use his blazing Read more of this post

Saturday Sports: Tribune’s David Morrison on MIzzou football

Darren Hellwege logoIn this excerpt from Thinking Out Loud: Saturday Sports from Aug. 23, 2014, Darren Hellwege talks with David Morrison, the Missouri football beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. They look back over fall camp and offer a comprehensive preview of the 2014 Tigers, which still has a lot of question marks at a lot of positions.

Length: 31:25

Mizzou’s football heroes — and one you may have missed

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

The Missouri Tigers football team is champion of the SEC East after one of the most thrilling games Faurot Field has seen since the days of leather helmets. And for this remarkable team—and remarkable season—there are heroes to be hailed.

Henry Josey’s a hero. Comes back from catastrophic injury, runs for a 57-yard touchdown run to win the game. Hero stuff.

The quarterback’s always a hero of a big win, and James Franklin earned it with his arm and his feet. E.J. Gaines shut down a top-notch receiver. Andrew Wilson and Kentrell Brothers each had eight tackles; they qualify for hero status. Gary Pinkel tied Read more of this post

Mizzou cruises in SEC debut at Vanderbilt, wins 51-28 

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Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — James Franklin threw for four touchdowns and Missouri squashed any doubts about its early season schedule with a 51-28 victory at Vanderbilt Saturday.

The Tigers moved to 5-0 and opened conference play without missing a beat in the program’s first trip to Nashville as a member of the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt, which won the last match up 19-15 in Columbia, Mo., last year, slipped to 0-3 in conference play and 3-3 overall.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, who opened a season 5-0 for the fifth time in 13 seasons, credited his veteran quarterback for guiding the aggressive Tiger offense yet again.

“James has been around a little bit. If he had stayed healthy last year, he would have played like this,” Pinkel said. “This doesn’t surprise me. I loved him last year. I’m very proud of him … He is playing with some of the best quarterbacks, I think it’s fair to say that.”

Franklin guided Missouri on scoring drives on the first six Tiger possessions, which resulted in three touchdowns and three field goals. Missouri out-gained the Commodores 285-97 in the first half in taking a 30-7 lead.

Franklin finished 19-for-28 for 278 yards passing and added another 63 yards on the ground.

“He is a great quarterback. He is an exceptional athlete,” Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said. “(We) couldn’t pressure the quarterback … You have to frustrate him before he goes through his progressions, and we weren’t able to do that.”

Even when Vanderbilt managed to move the ball in the third quarter, the Tigers answered each score with one of their own to maintain plenty of cushion.

Missouri’s spread attack exploited the slant route consistently, looking like a conveyer belt of receivers rotating through the middle for target practice for Franklin. The senior quarterback also made use of his tight ends for the first time this season. Eric Waters caught three balls for 39 yards and a touchdown.

“We feel like we can beat anybody when we come out like that,” Waters said of the Tigers start. “All the hard work we put in really pays off when we can translate it to the field. We’ve been putting in weeks of hard work, trying to get to that next level and I think we’re getting closer.”

When linebacker Kentrell Brothers intercepted Vanderbilt’s Austyn Carta-Samuels midway through the first quarter, it gave the Tigers their 35th consecutive game with a takeaway. Missouri is averaging 2.5 interceptions per game.

Coach Franklin apologized to the Vanderbilt fans during the post-game press conference.

“We got beat up front,” he said.

The 51 points was the most allowed by Vanderbilt since Florida ran up 55 points in 2010.

Samuels struggled to 48 yards in the first half before moving the ball with ease in the second half with the tigers spotted a three-score lead. He found Jordan Matthews for a record-setting touchdown catch less than three minutes into the second half.

Matthews, who also overcame a slow start, posted 123 yards on seven catches and set the school record for touchdowns and receiving yards in the losing effort.

The senior has 2,990 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns with the Commodores.

Samuels also rushed for a 2-yard touchdown in the third as Vanderbilt produced a pair of scoring drives. Despite the offense, trading scores kept Missouri in front.

The Tigers had the final touchdown as well on Franklin’s longest completion of the night – a 42-yard touchdown pass to L’Damian Washington. Washington also scored the game’s first touchdown on a 26-yard catch from Franklin.

Vanderbilt heads into a bye week before facing No. 6 Georgia, which escaped at Tennessee 34-31 in overtime.

Already matching its win output from a year ago, Missouri continues its gauntlet of SEC games at Georgia next week.

Linebackers are another overlooked component of the Mizzou game

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

A couple of days ago we looked at the Missouri offensive line, today we look at another group I think is very strong and being overlooked — the Tiger linebackers. Like the O-line, I think the linebackers could be something of a surprise for many in the Southeastern Conference who think Mizzou could be in over their heads in the SEC. One reason this group is so strong is the presence of a guy many fans probably thought was already gone, but who has been given another year by the NCAA as he recovers from injuries that took what would have been his senior year.

With Henry Josey in dry-dock one of the most exciting players on the team is weak side linebacker Zavier Gooden. Gooden has the speed to be a major difference maker on defense, whether he’s in pass defense or running down a rusher. His 54 solo tackles led the team in 2011. After making all-conference in 2010, he was somehow overlooked for the honor last year. I fully expect him to be all-SEC this season. He makes plays. He tackles, defends passes, forces turnovers, he is a difference maker.

Mizzou linebacker Zaviar Gooden drags Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein to the ground.

Behind Gooden on the weak side is a guy who refuses to be overlooked. Every time you looked up in the Black and Gold game this spring, it seemed we were hearing the name Darvin Ruise. Part of a growing number of Florida natives on the roster, Ruise is like Gooden in that he’s a speed demon and a pest, particularly by disrupting the opponent’s short passing game by breaking up and picking off passes.

In the middle is Will Ebner. Yes, Will Ebner is back! It feels like Ebner’s been around since the days of Phil Bradley, playing as a true freshman in the Tigers’ Cotton Bowl season of 2008. The NCAA ruling giving Ebner another season because of the injury that robbed him of all but one game of what was to be his senior year, and his decision to come back is big news for Missouri fans. Combines all the traits that make a great linebacker. While not quite as speedy as Gooden, he’s not playing in cement shoes, either. He is an incredibly impressive tackler, a guy who just does things the right way, solid in the fundamentals and a fierce hitter. His experience will be a major asset, as well.

The top backup in the middle is another guy who knows how to get to the ball and make a play, junior Donovan Bonner. Bonner’s also a major contributor on special teams, an irreplaceable part of coverage teams because he can get to the ball and make a tackle, often the sort of tackle that makes me very happy I’m up in the press box and safe from that sort of violence. Sophomore Jared Parham’s not far behind and will be contributing soon, as well.

On the strong side is another guy who can deliver a wallop, Andrew Wilson. An all-conference performer who was the defensive MVP of Missouri’s Independence Bowl win, he was also given the “Hammer Award” by his teammates, twice — and it’s not because he likes building houses in his free time. The guys he hits know they’ve been hit. He knows the game and is flexible enough to fill in the for Ebner in the middle last year.

Behind Wilson on the strong side is Kentrell Brothers. Another player coming back from significant injury, Brothers lost his 2011 season to a broken leg. He made a lot happen in spring scrimmages, and he has the ability to be a major contributor in the future. He seemed especially skilled in pass coverage.

The Newcomers
Torey Boozer played safety in high school in Texas but is strong enough to be a serious linebacker prospect. Another guy who knows how to make a tackle, also a ball hawk and fine athlete who also lettered in hoops and track at Everman (Texas) High School.

Markus Golden is the reason everything you see above about starters and top reserves should be considered written in pencil. As big a deal as Dorial Green-Beckham and Evan Boehm may be, Golden could be the newcomer who makes the biggest splash right away. The sophomore spent a year at Hutchinson Community College and was a major recruit for Missouri two years back. He had to make a juco detour but his commitment to the school has never wavered, and now that he’s arrived he’s all the more ready, physically and otherwise, to play at this level. A great tackler and disruption machine, he caused a lot of turnovers in Jayhawk Conference play and was a superstar linebacker and running back at Afton High School outside St. Louis.

Two other linebackers fresh out of high school in St. Louis join the Tigers. Parkway North’s Donavin Newsom was one of the top prospects in the country. He made tackles, created turnovers, and to show his athleticism he ran back one pick 102 yards for a touchdown. With 62 tackles and five sacks, he has a nose for the ball and knows how to bring down the guy carrying it.

Michael Scherer from Country Day is another guy who knows how to make a tackle in the run game and defend the tackle; he’s also a hitter who can deliver a serious strike.

From the top-notch talent at the top of this list to solid backups and exciting new additions, linebacker is going to be a plus for the Tigers this year, and as the great majority of predictions for the Tigers seem to be saying, “they have a good offense but not-so-good defense” this may be the key to a team that I think will be more successful in 2012 than a lot of folks realize.