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Alabama overpowers Mizzou in 42-13 win

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

Photos by Joe Trezza, KBIA Sports

ATLANTA — There was tension in the Georgia Dome with a little less than five minutes to play in the third quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship between Missouri and Alabama.

Despite losing defensive end Shane Ray to an ejection in the second quarter, and despite its defense allowing three first-half touchdowns, Missouri managed to whittle Alabama’s lead down to eight points with 4:37 to play in the third period when kicker Andrew Baggett’s 33-yard field goal made it 21-13.

Scores of Alabama fans returned to their seats, their “Roll Tide” chants ceasing for the first time all game. The pocket of gold among the sea of crimson seemed to come alive, finally having something to cheer for. Missouri had fought back from a 21-3 deficit to make it a one-possession game, and maybe it could take down mighty Alabama.

As it turned out the tension was fleeting. Alabama responded with a pair of touchdown drives that combined to cover 154 yards on 18 plays and rolled to a 42-13 victory over No. 14 Missouri (10-3, 7-2).

“They answered,” head coach Gary Pinkel said. “They did what you’ve got to do. That to me was two statement drives from their standpoint.” Read more of this post

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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

Defense Shines at Missouri Spring Football Practice

By Mary Kate Burgess

The Missouri football team continued the spring training season with practice on Tuesday afternoon. Missing from practice was junior wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham who has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Coach Gary Pinkel voiced his frustrations on the issue but did not comment on what other actions will be taken with Green-Beckham. Starting linebacker Michael Scherer shares what he thinks the team needs to work on.

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.

2012 recruit Scherer ready to play for Mizzou

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Michael Scherer, a linebacker out of Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School in St. Louis and one of the recruiting class of 2012, talks about playing with Dorial Green-Beckham, the family atmosphere at Missouri and why he didn’t choose to go to Stanford. (Length: 8:17)