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Pinkel named SEC football coach of the year

Missouri Tigers pull in multiple team, individual awards

Gary Pinkel

Gary Pinkel

Gary Pinkel has been named coach of the year for the Southeastern Conference, topping off a week filled with awards for the team.

Additional individual awards were given to Shane Ray for defensive player of the year and Marcus Murphy for special team player of the year.

The Tigers finished the year with a 7-1 conference record and 10-3 overall record. Missouri finished as the Eastern Division champions but lost to Alabama on Saturday for the conference championship, 42-13.

Pinkel was named coach of the year in 2007 when Missouri was part of the Big 12 Conference. According to a news release from the university, three other coaches have received coach of the year honors: Al Onofrio in 1972, Warren Powers in 1983 and Larry Smith in1997.

Both Ray and Murphy made first team All SEC, announced earlier this week.

This year Ray, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, set a school record for quarterback sacks with 14 as part of his award-winning season. He also racked up 21 tackles for loss and 61 tackles for the year, putting him third in the nation.

Murphy, a senior from DeSoto, Texas, was honored as an all-purpose back and for his special teams play. According to the news release Murphy has scored a touchdown in all four all-purpose categories: rushing (4) kick-off returns (2) and one each in punt returns and receiving.

Missouri will face Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.

MISSOURI FOOTBALL CONFERENCE AWARDS
Gary Pinkel  — Coach of the Year
Marcus Murphy — Special Teams Player of the Year
Shane Ray — Defensive Player of the Year
First Team All-SEC Second Team All-SEC
OFFENSE OFFENSE
TE –   Evan Engram, Ole Miss TE – Hunter Henry, Arkansas
OL –   Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M OL – Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
         La’el Collins, LSU        Ben Beckwith, Mississippi State
           Arie Kouandjio, Alabama        Vadal Alexander, LSU
           A.J. Cann, South Carolina        Mitch Morse, Missouri
C –     Reese Dismukes, Auburn C – Max Garcia, Florida
WR –   Amari Cooper, Alabama WR – Bud Sasser, Missouri
           Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina          Sammie Coates, Auburn
QB –   Dak Prescott, Mississippi State QB – Blake Sims, Alabama
RB –   Nick Chubb, Georgia RB – Josh Robinson, Mississippi State
           Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn          T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
AP – Marcus Murphy, Missouri      AP – Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
DEFENSE DEFENSE
DL – Shane Ray, Missouri DL – Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
           Preston Smith, Mississippi State          Trey Flowers, Arkansas
           Dante Fowler, Florida          Derek Barnett, Tennessee
           Bud Dupree, Kentucky          Markus Golden, Missouri
LB –   Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State LB – Amarlo Herrera, Georgia
         Martrell Spaight, Arkansas        Ramik Wilson, Georgia
         Trey DePriest, Alabama        Antonio Morrison, Florida
DB – Landon Collins, Alabama          Braylon Webb, Missouri
           Senquez Golson, Ole Miss Jonathan Jones, Auburn
           Vernon Hargreaves, Florida          Damian Swann, Georgia
           Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss          Jonathon Mincy, Auburn
SPECIAL TEAMS SPECIAL TEAMS
PK – Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky PK – Elliott Fry, South Carolina
P –   JK Scott, Alabama P – Jamie Keehn, LSU
RS – Marcus Murphy, Missouri RS – Quan Bray, Auburn

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

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

Media Day Notes: Murphy makes history, Brantley breaks out and Mauk’s struggles continue

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Marcus Murphy honored for his historic performance vs. Florida: Every football team needs a player that can make something out of nothing. For the 2014 Missouri Tigers, that player seems to be Marcus Murphy. Murphy was honored for his playmaking ability on Monday when the Southeastern Conference named him the SEC’s special teams player of the week.

It started on Saturday when the fifth-year senior returned Florida’s opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.

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Revived Mizzou football team beats Florida 42-13

By The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and Missouri embarrassed Florida 42-13 Saturday night.

The Tigers (5-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. They managed just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense, including 20 passing, and essentially let the Gators self-destruct in nearly every way imaginable.

And they did.

Missouri bounced back from a shutout loss at home to Georgia, remained in the hunt in the muddled Eastern Division Read more of this post

Missouri surges back late to defeat South Carolina 21-20

Starting quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown for 14 touchdowns this season.

Starting quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown for 14 touchdowns this season.

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Two fourth-quarter touchdowns from a Missouri offense that had produced just 69 total yards on its previous 10 possessions helped the unranked Tigers eek out a 21-20 comeback victory over No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.

South Carolina held a 20-7 advantage with 7:25 left in the game Read more of this post

What to watch for as Missouri takes on South Carolina

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri (3-1) begins Southeastern Conference play against No. 13 South Carolina (3-1) on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. Here are four things to keep in mind before the Tigers and Gamecocks kick off at 6 p.m.:

  • Marcus Murphy versus South Carolina’s special teams unit: Embarrassing was South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s adjective of choice to describe his team’s 48-34 road victory over Vanderbilt last weekend. The Head Ball Coach sounded especially irked by a Gamecocks special teams unit that allowed two kickoff returns to be returned for touchdowns. The Gamecocks’ inability to limit big special teams plays last weekend could bode well for Missouri’s Marcus Murphy. The junior is averaging 39 yards on four kickoff returns this season, including a 100-yarder he took back for a touchdown in Missouri’s season opener.

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Missouri RBs Hansbrough, Murphy expected to play, Copelin dismissed

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Running backs Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy are expected to play when No. 18 Missouri hosts Indiana on Saturday.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Hansbrough left the Tigers’ 38-10 win against Central Florida on Saturday on the first play in the fourth quarter after feeling “dizzy.” Murphy didn’t play the final five minutes due to a mild ankle strain.

Pinkel said both players could have re-entered but didn’t because of Missouri’s lead.

The duo has combined for 462 of the team’s 570 yards rushing this season and both are listed atop the depth chart.

Pinkel also announced the dismissal of receiver Levi Copelin for an undisclosed reason. The sophomore was previously suspended for the season after failing an NCAA-administered drug test.

Ray, Missouri defensive line dominate in 38-10 rout

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.

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

Mauk leads No. 24 Missouri over Toledo 49-24 


By The Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio — Maty Mauk was sharp for most of the day — and when he did make a big mistake in the first half, receiver Bud Sasser was there to bail him out.

Sasser hustled back and forced a fumble after Mauk threw an interception in the first quarter, and No. 24 Missouri had a fairly easy time after that in a 49-24 victory over Toledo on Saturday. Sasser also caught a touchdown pass in the Read more of this post