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The year that was: First half dominated by football success, Michael Sam, DGB troubles

2014’s top stories led by Sam, DGB dismissal, another football title

Part one of two parts

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

By Darren Hellwege

It’s been an extraordinary year in Missouri sports, both on and off the field of play. As 2015 begins, let’s look back at some of the biggest stories of each month of the last year.

January

The year began with a barn-burner of a football game with Mizzou beating Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys led in the final five minutes, but a Henry Josey touchdown put Mizzou ahead and a touchdown on a fumble return by Shane Ray cemented the victory. It was something of a torch-passing, as the final game of Kony Ealy and Michael Sam saw a big play by the Tigers’ next great lineman.

Also in January:

  • The men’s basketball team fell from top 25 after an emotional home loss to Georgia.
  • Pat Ivey named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by a national organization.
  • MU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Ashley Wysong (cross country) John Putnam (swimming) Aaron Crow (baseball) and Dan Pippen (basketball).
  • Wrestling bested Oklahoma in battle of top-10 teams
  • Women’s basketball upset Vanderbilt with freshman Kayla McDowell made key contributions off the bench
  • In gymnastics 11 personal bests were set or tied, including 9.90 on beam from Rachel Updike, as Mizzou fell just short against Arkansas

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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

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

Missouri Tigers round-up

Fall sports are winding down, basketball just getting started for Mizzou

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

As KBIA moves into pledge drive mode, it’s a crazy busy week for me, but here are a few random thoughts on several issues related to Mizzou sports.

FOOTBALL: Tigers getting defensive

Throughout the Pinkel Renaissance in Missouri football, Tiger teams have tended to win with outstanding offense and a defense that was good enough to win most of the time. It’s interesting to see a different style of winning this year with as the Tigers have struggled on offense but have won with great play by the defense. Most people are scratching their heads wondering how the Tigers could be 7-2 and in first place in the SEC East, but it’s not a complicated answer—defense.

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Missouri’s Shane Ray Wins SEC Lineman of the Week Award Honors for a Third Time

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) is pressured by Missouri’s Shane Ray on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Ray shacked Towles twice in the 20-10 Missouri win and on Monday was named SEC defensive player of the week. Ray now holds the single season record for sacks with 12. The old record was 11.5. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) is pressured by Missouri’s Shane Ray on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Ray shacked Towles twice in the 20-10 Missouri win and on Monday was named SEC defensive player of the week. Ray now holds the single season record for sacks with 12. The old record was 11.5. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

For the third time in five weeks, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray has earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.

This time around Ray was rewarded for his two-sack, one pass-break-up effort in Missouri’s 20-10 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.

Both of Ray’s sacks came on fourth down to turn possession over to the Tigers. His last takedown of Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles in the waning moments of the game gave Ray Missouri’s single season sack record.

The senior out from Kansas City has 12 sacks on the year and with four or potentially five games to go, Ray could add to his lead over former greats Michael Sam and Aldon Smith, who held the previous record of 11.5 sacks.

Saturday marked the fifth two-sack game of the season for Ray, who leads the SEC in both sacks (12) and tackles for loss (16). Nationally, he ranks second and third in those respective categories.

Ray was also named one of 20 semifinalists for the 20th Chuck Benarik Award earlier in the day. The award is presented to the most outstanding defensive player in college football, as judged by the Maxwell Football Club. No Missouri player has ever won the award.

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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What to watch for as Missouri hits the road against Florida

by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri (4-2, 1-1) looks to rebound on the road against Florida (3-2, 2-2) on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. Here are four things to keep in mind before the Tigers and Gators kick off at 6 p.m.

  • Turnover battle: It’s been over a month since Missouri forced its last turnover. The Tigers have failed to force one since defensive back Duron Singleton, 2, scooped up a fumble for a touchdown in the waning moments of the 38-10 beat down of Central Florida. The takeaway was one of five Missouri recorded on the day. Missouri had harassed its opponents into committing a turnover in 47 consecutive games up to that point. While the defense has come up empty the last three weeks the Tigers’ offense has coughed it up six times in that span, five of which came at home last weekend against Georgia. Winning the turnover battle against a Florida team that is plus-5 in turnover margin on the year would go a long way to helping Missouri get back on track in Southeastern Conference play.

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Missouri upset by Indiana in battle of attrition

 

Missouri defensive lineman Matt Hoch (89) and Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers (10) are unable to bring down Indiana running back Tevin Coleman (6) on a screen pass on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri. Coleman had 19 carries for 132 yards rushing in Indiana’s 31-27 win.

Missouri defensive lineman Matt Hoch (89) and Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers (10) are unable to bring down Indiana running back Tevin Coleman (6) on a screen pass on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri. Coleman had 19 carries for 132 yards rushing in Indiana’s 31-27 win.

Story By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Photos by Tim Leible and Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Indiana has the football at its 41-yard line with 1:08 left in the game. A field goal ties the game at 27. A touchdown gives Indiana the lead against the defending SEC East champion Missouri Tigers.

Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld catches the snap, looks to his left,

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