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Missouri-Arkansas Rivalry Game moved to Friday Nov. 27

Missouri-Arkansas Rivalry Game moved to Friday Nov. 27

Posted on 28 May 2015 by Allen

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The second annual Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance football game between Arkansas and Missouri has been moved to Friday, Nov. 27, the Southeastern Conference announced Thursday.

Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. CT from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. CBS will televise the game to a national audience.

The contest will mark the seventh time Arkansas has met Missouri and just the second game between the schools since Missouri joined the SEC in 2012. The two programs have never played each other in Fayetteville.

The momentum from the 2014 season has already created high demand for the state’s most uncommon experience – Razorback football season tickets. The nationally-ranked Razorbacks’ home schedule is highlighted by 2013 national runner-up Auburn and Orange Bowl-participant Mississippi State. The home schedule concludes with two-time defending SEC East champion Missouri.

Season ticket packages start at $300 in Fayetteville. Fans can also catch the Razorbacks take on Toledo on Sept. 12 in Little Rock for $55, which $10 less than last year’s game at War Memorial Stadium.

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Pinkel signs extension to stay at Mizzou through 2021

Pinkel signs extension to stay at Mizzou through 2021

Posted on 24 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Missouri System Board of Curators has approved an amended contract for Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel that will keep him on the Mizzou sideline through Dec. 31, 2021. Already the winningest coach in Mizzou history with 113 wins in 14 seasons, Pinkel will see an increase in his guaranteed salary to $4,020,000 per year, up from the previous $3,200,000 figure.

Pinkel is the 25th-winningest coach in NCAA FCS history (4th among active coaches), with his 186 career victories in 24 seasons overall. His Tigers have won five conference divisional titles since 2007, which is tied for most in the nation during that stretch, and Mizzou’s 76 wins in that timeframe is tied for 5th-most nationally among Power 5 leagues.

Mizzou is coming off of back-to-back Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles, with a combined 14-2 record within the league in 2013 and 2014. His team was picked to finish fourth in the SEC East this past season, but exceeded expectations once again, on the way to an 11-3 overall record, which included the East title, as well as the Citrus Bowl championship. Pinkel was named SEC Coach of the Year for his efforts by his league counterparts.

The Mizzou Football program’s achievements under Pinkel’s direction extend well beyond fall Saturdays at Faurot Field. Since 2009, Mizzou has produced six NFL 1st-round draft picks, which is the 4th-highest total in the nation. Academically, the program is among the top-10 in the nation for Academic Progress Rates. Mizzou has earned APR Top-10 recognition by the NCAA each of the past two reports, and is the only SEC program to earn such distinction.

As part of the new agreement, maximum performance incentives for Pinkel have been adjusted to a total of $725,000, from the previous maximum potential of $1,825,000.

“The success of our football program has helped elevate the university’s national profile and Gary’s teams have provided some incredibly proud moments for all Missourians,” said MU Chancellor Dr. R. Bowen Loftin. “His commitment to excellence is exemplified not only in his on-field success, but in the academic achievements of his student-athletes and the high character young men who graduate from MU. This commitment to Gary is well-earned.”

“With the tremendous academic and competitive successes of our football program,” said Director of Athletics Mike Alden, “including winning the last two SEC East championships, Gary is well-deserving of this extension. His impact on our students, athletic department and University are immeasurable and he represents what is great about Mizzou. I know the Tigers are in great hands for a long time to come.”

“I want to thank Chancellor Loftin and Mike Alden for their continuing commitment and belief in what we are doing at Mizzou,” said Pinkel. “We’ve shared some pretty amazing success together over the years, and as competitors we all know there’s more to be done. I’ve never been more excited to be here and to pursue excellence with such a great leadership team, and such an amazing and dedicated coaching staff. We’re excited to partner with Mack Rhoades going forward and continue to build a program that Mizzou fans will be proud of,” he said.

“Coach Pinkel has established himself as one of the premier football coaches in America and he has certainly created a championship culture and tradition at Mizzou,” said incoming Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades. “I’m excited to get to work with Gary and help him and his staff continue their incredible run of success.”

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Missouri to play Idaho at home in 2017

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Missouri to play Idaho at home in 2017

Posted on 21 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Missouri and University of Idaho football programs have agreed to a single game between the two schools on Oct. 21, 2017. The game will be played in Columbia, Mo., and be the final non-league game of the season, following earlier games that against Missouri State (Sept. 2), Purdue (Sept. 16) and a road game at UConn (Sept. 23).

Dates for Mizzou’s SEC portion of the 2017 season have not been set, but the Tigers will have conference home games that season against Auburn, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, and will face road games at Arkansas, at Georgia, at Kentucky and at Vanderbilt.

“Our thanks to the Idaho administration and staff, we’re very pleased to work together to get this game scheduled,” said Executive Associate Athletic Director Bryan Maggard, who oversees scheduling for Mizzou Football. “We appreciate their efforts and are glad to be able to close out the schedule for the 2017 season,” he said.

Mizzou and Idaho have played two times previously, with both games taking place in Columbia. Mizzou won both contests, claiming a 14-10 win in 1958 which marked the first-ever win at MU for legendary Head Coach Dan Devine. The Vandals would return to Columbia in 1963, where Devine’s Tigers rolled to a 24-0 victory.

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Bulldogs roll Mizzou 68-44

Bulldogs roll Mizzou 68-44

Posted on 01 March 2015 by Allen

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The Georgia Bulldogs snapped a two-game home-losing streak with a 68-44 rout of the Missouri Tigers, earning their 10th SEC win of the season on Saturday.

The win was by the largest margin of victory in an SEC contest under Mark Fox. The win also gave the Bulldogs their 10th SEC win of the season, reaching the plateau for the second consecutive season.

Georgia (19-9, 10-6) dominated from the opening tip, scoring 20 points in the first nine minutes of play and ending the first half on a 21-10 run. Missouri (8-21, 2-14) shot just 14-of-49 from the field, and was held to just six made field goals in the second half.

The Bulldogs registered a season-high 18 assists spread about between seven different players. Nemanja Djurisic paced the Bulldogs with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and added five rebounds and three assists. Cameron Forte and J.J. Frazier each scored 10 points off the bench.

“This was a good win for our team,” Fox said after the game. “SEC games are hard. Missouri obviously has a new staff and is in a rebuilding year, but their kids really battled. I was really pleased with how we started the game. I didn’t think we handled the situation great once we got a big lead, we kind of took our foot off the gas there for a minute, but certainly at the end of the day it’s a really good win for Georgia.”

The Bulldogs took an 18-point lead into the locker rooms at half time, registering their second highest lead at the break of the year 41-23. Georgia got everyone involved, seeing 8 different players score in the opening period while racking up 11 total assists. Georgia was incredibly efficient, shooting 47 percent from the field, 55 percent from 3-point range and posting an impressive assist-to-turnover ratio of 11-to-3.

Missouri struggled from the field for the entirety of the opening half, hitting just 8-of-31 field goal attempts. The Tigers’ leading scorer, Johnathan Williams, shot just 1-for-7 from the field in the first period.

Georgia opened the second half on a 14-to-4 run to extend their lead to 28 points at the 12:43 mark. Missouri then pressed and was able to cut into the lead slightly, holding the Bulldogs scoreless for just over six minutes. Georgia then responded and was able to hold off any potential comeback attempt.

The Bulldogs kept the lead above 20 points for the final 17:49 of the game, and allowed every rostered player to see playing time, including Juwan Parker who saw his first action since injuring his Achilles tendon against Florida on January 17.

“We shared the ball, first of all,” Fox added. “We shot the ball fairly well in the first half, we defended very well, we rebounded well, and we played a pretty complete game. Midway through the second half we had a little funk in there and didn’t play as well, but we did a lot of things that we like. Certainly that allowed us to get a lead and finish the game.”

Williams and Namon Wright tied for the team-lead with 10 points for Missouri on a combined 6-of-21 shooting.

The Bulldogs will host currently top-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky on Tuesday, March 3. This will be the first time Kentucky has played at Stegeman since 2012-13, when Georgia defeated the Wildcats 72-62. Kentucky won the first matchup of the season, 69-58 in Lexington. The game is set to tipoff at 9 p.m. and will air on ESPN.

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Ryan Walters Joins Mizzou Football Coaching Staff

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Ryan Walters Joins Mizzou Football Coaching Staff

Posted on 10 February 2015 by Allen

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The University of Missouri football program has hired Ryan Walters as its safeties coach, as announced today. Walters, 29, comes to Mizzou after spending the past season as cornerbacks coach at Memphis, where he worked as cornerbacks coach with new Mizzou Defensive Coordinator Barry Odom. At Memphis, the pair oversaw a defense that was among the most improved in the nation. Memphis went 10-3 in 2014, thanks in large part to its defense which ranked fifth nationally in points allowed (17.1 ppg) and 22nd in total defense (343.3 ypg) in the regular season.

Walters, a Los Angeles, Calif. native, played collegiately at Colorado, where he was a standout safety for the Buffaloes (2004-08). He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Colorado working with the secondary in 2009, and then spent two years on staff at Arizona, where he was a graduate assistant in 2010, before being promoted to defensive backs coach for the 2011 season.

From there, Walters moved to the Oklahoma staff as a graduate assistant cornerbacks coach in 2012, as the Sooners went 10-3 and played in the 2013 Cotton Bowl. He moved to North Texas for the 2013 season, where he coached corners and helped lead UNT to a 9-4 record in its first year in Conference USA and a win in the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Mean Green defense that season ranked fourth in the nation in turnovers gained (34), eighth in points allowed (17.8 ppg), 13th in interceptions (18) and 17th in total defense (348.3 ypg).

“I’m really pleased that we are able to attract someone of Ryan’s caliber to join our team,” said Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Barry Odom. “I’ve known him for a while now, and had the chance to work together last year and he made a big impression on me. He’s a loyal and tireless worker who I see as a great technician and fundamentals coach. He was very sought after this past season, so we’re excited to recruit him to Mizzou,” he said.

Odom first met Walters as part of a trip the Mizzou coaching staff took to Arizona to share best practices in 2010, and recruited Walters on the staff at Memphis when he had an opening for the 2014 season.

“I’m excited to join a program as prestigious as Mizzou,” said Walters. “Coach Pinkel and his staff have done a tremendous job over the years and I’m excited to learn their system and also to bring my perspectives in. I’m fired up to work with Barry Odom again, I think he’s one of the best coaches I’ve been around, and it means a lot to me that he wants me in his defensive room. I’m excited to get to work and to help Mizzou continue to compete for championships,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to having Ryan join our staff, he is a really impressive young coach who has a well-respected reputation in the coaching industry,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. “He’s had proven success everywhere he’s been and we believe he’s going to do a great job with teaching and leading our safeties,” he said.
As a player, Walters had a standout career at Colorado as a safety. He started in 33 games and played in 46 contests for the Buffaloes. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and first-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s National Football Foundation his senior year.

A team captain for the Buffaloes in 2008, Walters was also picked by his teammates the team’s MVP. He had 87 tackles, two sacks, seven pass deflections, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions his senior year. His 20 career passes defended rate No. 15 in Colorado history and his 223 career tackles were No. 45 all-time.

During his playing time, the Buffaloes played in the Houston Bowl, Champ Sports Bowl and Independence Bowl.
Walters earned his degree in history from Colorado in December, 2008 with dual majors in History and Ethnic Studies. Walters and his wife Tara have a son, Aaron.

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Mizzou Football Announces 2015 Signing Class

Mizzou Football Announces 2015 Signing Class

Posted on 05 February 2015 by Allen

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With back-to-back SEC East Championships and 23 wins over the last two seasons, the Mizzou football program has carried that momentum to the recruiting trail, signing a talented group of student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday (Feb. 4). The 2015 class assembled by Head Coach Gary Pinkel and his staff, includes 23 prospects, covering 10 states, with eight from Missouri and 17 in all from states within the Southeastern Conference. Included in Mizzou’s talent haul are the top-ranked players in the states of Missouri (QB Drew Lock – Lee’s Summit), Illinois (DL Terry Beckner, Jr. – East St. Louis) and Kansas (OL A.J. Harris – Stilwell).
“We are very excited about this newest group of Tigers,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. “This class addresses some very important areas for us on the field, and the group as a whole is made up of a bunch of competitors who are really high-character young men. I’m really proud of my staff for all the work they did to make this happen, and want to say thank-you to everyone who has helped us along the way. We’re looking forward to getting all of them in our MizzouMade program and to continuing to build on the success we’ve had,” he said.

As always, a big emphasis in recruiting is keeping the best players in the state home, and Mizzou has done that in 2015, adding eight Missourians to the roster. Additionally, Mizzou has signed student-athletes from Georgia (3), Kansas (3), Tennessee (3), California (1), Florida (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Mississippi (1), and Oregon (1).
Two of the signees are early enrollees at Mizzou, taking classes and gearing up to participate in spring practices with the team. Joining Mizzou for the spring semester are Malik Cuellar (Fortuna, Calif./City College of San Francisco) and Tanner Owen (Kearney, Mo./Kearney High School). They will be on hand for spring practices as the team prepares for the annual Black & Gold Game on April 18 (4 p.m. central time).
As the Mizzou coaches were on the recruiting trail this year, they certainly had a lot of highlights to tout. Mizzou ranks tied for fifth nationally among teams from power conferences in wins since 2007 with 76 in that span. Additionally, Mizzou is tied for the most SEC wins over the last two seasons as well. Gary Pinkel’s team is also one of only three teams from power five conferences to win five conference division championships since 2007.
Sticking with the #MizzouMade brand, Pinkel and his staff have also produced the fifth-most NFL First-Round Draft Picks nationally since 2009 and have led their conference in Academic Progress Rates in each of the last three reports.
Below is a look at all 23 Mizzou signees, arranged alphabetically. For all the latest on Mizzou football, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and GaryPinkel.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouFootball or @mutigersdotcom.

. . . # M I Z Z O U M A D E . . .

2015 MIZZOU FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School/Prev. School)
Chase Abbington TB 6-2 215 St. Louis, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt South HS/Hutchinson CC)
Franklin Agbasimere LB 6-2 220 Lagos, Nigeria (Montverde Academy)
Terry Beckner, Jr. DL 6-4 300 East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS)
Malik Cuellar ** OL 6-5 300 Fortuna, Calif. (Fortuna HS/CC of San Francisco)
Marquise Doherty ATH 6-1 205 Kansas City, Mo. (Winnetonka HS)
Corey Fatony P/PK 5-11 185 Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin HS)
Richaud Floyd WR 5-11 175 Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport HS)
Marcell Frazier DL 6-5 265 Portland, Ore. (Douglas HS/College of Siskiyous)
Emanuel Hall WR 6-3 200 Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial HS)
Terez Hall LB 6-2 215 Lithonia, Ga. (King HS)
A.J. Harris OL 6-4 285 Stilwell, Kan. (Blue Valley HS)
Cam Hilton DB 6-0 180 St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves HS)
Nate Howard DL 6-4 235 St. Louis, Mo. (Ladue HS)
Tyler Howell OL 6-8 300 Olathe, Kan. (Bonner Springs HS/Butler County CC)
Tyrell Jacobs DL 6-4 265 Kenner, La. (Rummel HS)
Johnathon Johnson ATH 5-10 175 Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose HS)
Drew Lock QB 6-4 205 Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit HS)
Josh Moore DL 6-5 260 Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North HS)
Tanner Owen ** OL 6-5 275 Kearney, Mo. (Kearney HS)
Ronnell Perkins ATH 6-0 185 St. Louis, Mo. (University City HS)
Justin Smith WR 6-7 200 Dublin, Ga. (West Laurens HS)
T.J. Warren DB 5-11 190 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County HS)
Ryan Williams TB 6-0 180 Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS)
** Denotes already enrolled in classes at Mizzou
BREAKDOWN BY STATE:
Missouri (8): Lock (Lee’s Summit), Owen (Kearney), Abbington (St. Louis), Williams (Lee’s Summit), Perkins Jr. (St. Louis), Doherty (Kansas City), Hilton (St. Louis), Howard (St. Louis)
Georgia (3): Smith (Dublin), Warren (Conyers), Hall (Lithonia)
Kansas (3): Harris (Stilwell), Howell (Olathe), Moore (Olathe)
Tennessee (3): Hall (Franklin), Fatony (Franklin), Johnson (Memphis)
California (1): Cuellar (Fortuna)
Florida (1): Agbasimere (Monteverde)
Illinois (1): Beckner, Jr. (East St. Louis)
Louisiana (1): Jacobs (Kenner)
Mississippi (1): Floyd (Gulfport)
Oregon (1): Frazier (Portland)

Chase Abbington – TB – St. Louis, Mo. (Hutchinson CC/Fort Zumwalt South HS) – 6-2 – 215
A versatile, play-making running back, Abbington’s speed and quickness along with his large, athletic frame, should be huge assets at Mizzou and stood out to the Mizzou coaching staff … A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com and rated as the No. 30 running back in the class of 2013 … Ranked 20th on Rivals’ Top 100 Junior College prospects list this season … Spent the last two seasons at Hutchinson Community College after committing to Mizzou following his senior season at Fort Zumwalt … Followed the same career arch as former Tiger All-SEC performer and fellow St. Louis native Markus Golden, committing to Mizzou before spending time at Hutchinson … Averaged 4.9 yards per carry and ran for 832 yards in 11 games as a freshman at Hutchinson before redshirting as a sophomore … Coming out of high school, Abbington was one of the nation’s premier athletes, ranked inside Rivals.com’s “Rivals250″ … considered the No. 2 recruit in Missouri’s class of 2013 by ESPN.com and Rivals.com … selected to ESPN.com’s “ESPN300″ list of top recruits in the nation … rated by Rivals.com 12th-best athlete in the nation … totaled 939 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2012 for Fort Zumwalt South High School and head coach Scott Fulton … Mother – Amy Benlien … Chose Mizzou over offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, UCLA, Illinois, Arkansas and Michigan among others. … Has indicated an interest in studying sports medicine while at Mizzou … Will have three years to play three seasons as a Tiger.
Franklin Agbasimere – LB – Lagos, Nigeria (Montverde Academy) – 6-2 – 220
A relative newcomer to the sport of football, coming to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., from Lagos, Nigeria, in 2013, Agbasimere is an impressive blend of speed and size and has plenty of upside for the Mizzou coaching staff with his strong, tough and physical game being his greatest attribute … A three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Came to America from Nigeria through the Ejike Ugboaja Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides high school and college scholarships to Nigerian athletes … Also competed in track and field at Montverde, competing in the sprints, long jump and triple jump … High School Coach – Brian Treweek … Parents – Richard & Regina Agbasimere … Cited Mizzou’s high-caliber coaching staff along with a storied football tradition as key contributors to his signing with Mizzou … Also commended the school’s great business program and great facilities on campus … Intends to major in business management while at Mizzou … Lists music, video games and hanging out with friends as some of his non-football interests.
Terry Beckner Jr. – DL – East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS) – 6-4 – 300
A physical, agile defender across the line, he has all of the attributes athletically to make him a dominant force on the defensive line as his off-the-charts athleticism is what appealed to the Mizzou coaches … An Under Armour All-American who is rated as the No. 2 overall recruit nationally by ESPN, checking in at No. 1 in the state, at the position and in the region … He is the top-rated defensive tackle by ESPN as well … ESPN and 247Sports each rank him as a five-star recruit … According to 247Sports, he is the No. 8 recruit nationally and top prospect out of the state of Illinois … Rivals.com ranks him as the top recruit in the state of Illinois and the No. 5 defensive tackle … Put up eye-popping numbers as a senior, when he accumulated 117 tackles, including 75 of the solo variety … He added four quarterback sacks and one interception in 12 games during the 2014 season … Tallied five games with double-digit tackle performances, including a season-best 15 stops (13 solo) in his team’s 27-7 win over Alton in October … Had offers from 20 Division I schools, including Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC … High School Coach – Darren Sunkett … Parents – Terry Beckner, Sr. & Jermaya White-Beckner … Has an interest in majoring in sports management during his time at Mizzou.
Malik Cuellar – OL – Fortuna, Calif. (City College of San Francisco/Fortuna HS) – 6-5 – 300
Big, strong offensive lineman that is athletically gifted with a great blend of speed as he blocks exceptionally well at all levels … Has a great football IQ … 2014 All-Conference honoree at City College of San Francisco … Rated as the No. 13 offensive tackle coming out of junior college by ESPN … Rated as one of the top 100 prospects coming out of junior college by Rivals, one of 18 offensive linemen to make it on the prestigious list … Led City College of San Francisco to a 2014 Conference Championship … Helped the Rams to an 11-2 record while averaging 420.5 total yards of offense while averaging 40.6 points per game … Junior College Coaches – George Rush & Edwardo Nuno … High School Coach – Mike Benbow … Parents – Joey Cuellar & Secorne Cervantes … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arizona State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Texas Tech and Utah among others… Cited Mizzou’s beautiful campus, the academic reputation of the University and the program’s reputation nationally as reasons he committed to Mizzou … Is currently undeclared on his major with interest in business and journalism … Among his many hobbies listed outside of football, a few include swimming, video games, lifting, church, travel, hunting and riding.
Marquise Doherty – ATH – Kansas City, Mo. (Winnetonka HS) – 6-1 -205
Caught the attention of the Mizzou coaching staff with his combination of smooth, fluid running and exceptional athleticism … A four-star prospect by Rivals and the No. 4 recruit in the state of Missouri, Doherty was also tabbed as the No. 31 running back nationally by Rivals … Also a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports … Ran for 598 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior at Winnetonka … Followed his junior season with an exceptional senior campaign in which he ran for 1,037 yards and 15 scores on 137 carries (7.6 yards per carry) … He also caught 23 passes for 348 yards and two more scores as a senior … Played both sides of the ball, also hauling in a pair of interceptions … First Team All-State DB and First Team All-Conference running back and defensive back as a senior … Excellent baseball player as well, earning 2014 Underclass Third Team All-America honors from PerfectGame … PerfectGame rated him a perfect 10.0 on the prospect scale, which projects him to be an elite-level college player … High School Coach – Sterling Edwards … Parents – Denny & Chriss Doherty … Comes from a very athletic family, as he has an older brother, Brandon, who played baseball at Michigan State, while another older brother, Tyler, wrestled at Central Michigan … Chose Mizzou over offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Nebraska, Oregon, Minnesota and Vanderbilt among others … Cited Mizzou’s family atmosphere among the football program and the comfort level he has with the coaching staff as reasons he signed with Mizzou .. Intends to major in journalism or public relations while at Mizzou … Lists a few of his hobbies outside of football as fishing, playing video games, and free-style rapping.
Corey Fatony – P/K – Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin HS) – 5-11 – 185
A strong, powerful kicker who has a skill set that includes all of the attributes that translate to a great combination kicker at the Division I level … Rated as the fourth-best punter in the class of 2015 by Kohl’s Kicking as he has tremendous upside as a collegiate punter … As a senior in 2014 averaged 42.5 yards per punt, placing half of his attempts inside the opponent 20-yardline … Had 43-of-53 kickoffs go for touchbacks on the year … Was a Mr. Football finalist for the state of Tennessee, and was a member of the All-USA Tennessee football team … Kohl’s All-American Team Finalist … 2013 All-State honoree and District 11-AAA Kicker of the Year … Had a long field goal of 54 yards as a junior in 2013 … High School Coach – Donnie Webb … Parents – Brandon & Cylina Meredith … Garnered interest from Auburn, Stanford, Tennessee and UCLA among others … What impressed him about Mizzou was the friendly, yet hospitable attitude of the people he encountered inside and outside of the program, as well as the beautiful campus and the driven coaching staff … Undecided at this point on his intended course of study at Mizzou … Lists a few of his non-football hobbies as playing guitar, video games, sailing and driving his jeep … Was a stand-in for actor Michael Ealy for the movie Unconditional.
Richaud Floyd – WR – Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport HS) – 5-11 – 175
Incredible speed and quickness make him a great route runner and a homerun threat every time he hits the field, traits that helped distinguish himself to the Mizzou coaches … Extremely versatile player with big-time speed … A four-star recruit according to ESPN, he ranks as the 37th-best wideout nationally by the website … Dubbed a top-20 recruit in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com and a top-15 recruit in the state by 247Sports … Named Mississippi Power Player of the Week on Sept. 30 after running for 245 yards and four TDs while passing for 117 yards and another score in a 42-24 win over St. Martin … Dual-threat QB as a senior at Gulfport who passed for nearly 1,500 yards and had 13 touchdowns in 2014 and added 1,067 more rushing yards … Excelled as a big-play wide receiver as a junior before switching to QB as he caught 80 passes for 1,007 yards (12.6 per catch) and 10 scores … High School Coach – Eddie Pierce … Great all-around athlete who also earned multiple letters in the sports of track and basketball … Ran anchor leg for team’s 4×200 relay team that finished second in the state finals, and was part of basketball teams which won a state championship in the 2013-14 season … Chose Mizzou over offers from Cincinnati, Memphis and Southern Miss among others … Cited Mizzou’s home-like feel and the top-notch athletic and campus facilities as key contributors to his signing with Mizzou … Also credited his relationship with Coach Pat Washington as another key factor … Parents – Richard Floyd Sr. & Christy Moncrief-Floyd … Is undecided on his major while at Mizzou … Lists music, sports and cooking as a few of his hobbies … Is left-handed naturally, but plays sports right-handed.
Marcell Frazier – DL – Portland, Ore. (College of the Siskiyous/Douglas HS) – 6-5- 265
Appealed to the Mizzou coaching staff thanks to his relentless motor and his ability to play fast across the defensive line … Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN, ranking as the fourth-best junior college defensive lineman … ESPN tabbed him as the 24th-best recruit coming out of junior college on its top-50 Junior College list …. three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … First Team All-North California Defensive End in his freshman season at College of Siskiyous … Second Team All-Conference Defensive End and Second Team wide receiver during his senior season of high school … Tallied 32 tackles including 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks for College of the Siskiyous last season … In all, he had four games with multiple sacks in 2014, including a four-game streak in which he racked up nine of his 11 sacks … Had seven games with multiple tackles for loss as well … As a senior at David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore., was a second-team all-conference defensive end (15 sacks) and wide receiver (756 receiving yards) … Also lettered in basketball and track for his high school … High School Coach – Dan Wood … Junior College Coach – Charlie Roche … Parents – Tyrone & Cheryl Frazier … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arkansas, Miami, Fla., Nebraska, Oregon State, Kansas State and New Mexico, among others … Cited Coach Craig Kuligowski’s ability to produce defensive line produce talent and the family feel of Mizzou’s coaching staff as key contributors to him signing with Mizzou… Intends to major in sociology while at Mizzou … Lists hiking, river activities and watching anime as hobbies outside of football … Will have three years to play three seasons at Mizzou.
Emanuel Hall – WR – Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial HS) – 6-3 – 200
An extremely athletic wide out with great hands and a great vertical, his potential as a game-breaking playmaker is what caught the eye of the Mizzou coaching staff … Dubbed as one of the top recruits in the state of Tennessee by Rivals … Competed in the Nike Combine in the spring of 2014 … Was the No. 65-ranked receiver in the 2015 class by 247Sports … Tennessee All-State selection after an outstanding senior season which included 47 receptions for 889 yards and 12 touchdowns, going for a healthy 18.9 yards per catch … Tallied 31 catches for 564 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior season … Chose Mizzou over offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Cincinnati among others … Was an incredible track and field athlete as well, leaping has high as 6-8 in the high jump while winning the Tennessee state championship … Won two AAU Junior Olympic track gold medals in 2011, taking first nationally in both the pentathlon and high jump … High School Coach – Brian Rector … Parents – Daton Hall & Shannon Simmons … Cited the relationships that he built with the Mizzou coaching staff during the recruiting process and the staff’s stability as the key contributors to his decision to sign with Missouri, as well as the track record of academic success for the football student-athletes … Has an interest in studying either business administration or communication at Mizzou … Lists spending time with family friends, playing basketball and running among his interests off the field.
Terez Hall – LB – Lithonia, Ga. (King HS) – 6-2 – 215
A fast, high-motor linebacker with a great motor and exceptional speed and running ability … Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and Scout.com, he is rated as the No. 29 outside linebacker nationally according to Rivals and ranks among the top 50 outside linebackers nationally by both 247Sports and Scout.com … Was an All-County selection as a team captain during his senior season, and amassed 87 solo tackles to go with seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and one pick-six interception touchdown … High School Coach – Nicolas Kashama … Parents – Roscoe Bundrage & Felicia Hall … Chose Mizzou over offers from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin, among others.
A.J. Harris – OL – Stilwell, Kan. (Blue Valley HS) – 6-4 – 285
An extremely athletic offensive lineman who dominated his competition with his athletic and strong frame … His balance and toughness stood out to the Mizzou coaches … His greatest attribute may be his quickness out of the stance … Was the No. 1 recruit in the state of Kansas according to Rivals and the No. 23 offensive guard nationally … Ranked among ESPN’s top 300 recruits in the 2015 class and was a four-star recruit … Also dubbed as the top recruit in Missouri by Scout.com … Earned All-State honors as a junior after leading Blue Valley to a Class 5A State Championship, helping the team total more than 5,000 yards of total offense over 13 games … Led Blue Valley to District and Regional Championships in 2014 as well … Brother, Kirk, plays offensive line for Northern Iowa … Also excelled as a thrower in track and field during the spring, finishing fourth in the state of Kansas in the shot put and fifth in the discus as a junior … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Minnesota among others … Credits Mizzou’s family-like environment and the fact that the coaches were so welcoming along with home-like feeling as key factors to his signing.
Cam Hilton – DB – St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves HS) – 6-0 – 180
A pure playmaker in the secondary, the Mizzou coaching staff recognized his nose for the football and superb athleticism … Tabbed as a four-star recruit by Scout.com, with the national recruiting site ranking him as the fifth-best prospect in the state of Missouri and the top-rated defensive back … Scout.com also rated him as the No. 30 defensive back in the entire 2015 signing class … A three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports … Rivals ranks Hilton as the No. 8 player in the state and the No. 40 defensive back nationally … ESPN and 247Sports both tabbed him as the No. 11 recruit in the state of Missouri … Scored 14 touchdowns as a senior, as he made 40 tackles and grabbed seven interceptions on defense, while amassing over 900 receiving yards on the other side of the ball … Finished his junior season with 63 tackles, three sacks and seven interceptions – three of which were returned for TDs … Played both ways as he also caught 54 passes for 922 yards and 14 touchdowns … Was a Class 5 All-State selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and by Associated Press … Holds Webster Groves’ all-time records for most touchdowns and interceptions … High School Coach – Cliff Ice … Outstanding all-around athlete who has lettered three years on Webster Groves basketball team, and who won 2nd-team all-conference honors as a junior on the hardwood … Chose Mizzou over offers from Indiana, among others … Mother – Aimee Simon … Cited the family atmosphere, great fan support and being close to home as primary attractions to play at Mizzou … Intends to major in sports management … Lists basketball, long walks on the beach, ping pong and country music as his interests outside of football.
Nate Howard – DL – St. Louis, Mo. (Ladue Horton Watkins HS) – 6-4 -235
A long, athletic prospect who plays with a great motor, his enthusiasm for the game and competition is what stood out to the Mizzou coaching staff … A three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports and Scout.com … First Team All-State, First Team All-Metro in St. Louis, who was named his conference’s defensive player of the year in each of his final two seasons … Ranked as the No. 8 recruit in the state of Missouri by Scout.com and the top defensive line prospect in the state … Was dubbed as the 10th-best prospect in the state by Rivals, which also tabbed him as the No. 39 prospect nationally at weakside defensive end … In 2014, amassed 80 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss and 10 quarterback sacks … As a junior, he tallied 70 tackles, 4.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries … Ranked as the No. 69 defensive line recruit nationally by Scout.com as well … High School Coach – Mike Tarpey … Parents – Shunda Nichols (mother) & Anthony Headd (step-father) … Chose Mizzou over offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Syracuse among others … Said that the genuine caring relationship he built with Mizzou coaches was a primary factor in choosing to be a Tiger, and the program’s proven track record of developing success on and off the field … Is interested in majoring in sports management at Mizzou … Lists a few of his hobbies outside of football as basketball, working out, playing video games, movies and hanging with friends.
Tyler Howell – OL – Olathe, Kan. (Butler County CC/Bonner Springs HS) – 6-8 – 300
A big-bodied offensive tackle with tremendous size and length combined with good quickness and footwork … First Team Junior College All-American … Rated as the 37th-best junior college prospect by ESPN and the fifth-best junior college offensive lineman in the 2015 class … A three-star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports … Rivals ranked him as the No. 43 junior college prospect in the nation and the eighth-best offensive lineman in the 2015 junior college class … Helped guide Butler to an 8-3 record in 2014, while working across an offensive line that helped the offense gain more than 5,000 yards of total offense … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky and Penn State among others.
Tyrell Jacobs – DL – Kenner, La. (Rummel HS) – 6-4 – 265
An extremely tough defensive end who has tremendous length and a wide wingspan that can wreak havoc for opposing offensive lineman, his potential as a pass-rusher caught the attention of the Mizzou coaches … Comes from a program with a winning tradition, including winning consecutive state championships in 2012 and 2013, while the team reached the semi-finals of the state championships in 2014 … Named a Louisiana All-American by USA Today … A three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … ESPN ranked him as a top-50 defensive tackle in the class of 2015 … Led the Rummel Raiders to a Louisiana Division I semifnal appearance in 2014 and was a District 9-5A First Team selection … As a junior in 2013, notched the game-winning sack in the state title game … Scout.com rated him as the second-best defensive lineman in the state of Louisiana and the 21st-best prospect at any position in the state … High School Coach – Jay Roth … Parents – Tyrone Sr. & Felisha Jacobs … Chose Mizzou over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi State and Oklahoma among others … Credited Mizzou’s coaching staff and the family environment on display through the recruiting process that really attracted him to MU … Said that Mizzou felt like home and that the academic success of Mizzou’s student-athletes was very influential in his decision-making process … Has an interest in studying accounting in Mizzou’s renowned College of Business.
Johnathon Johnson – ATH – Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose HS) – 5-10 – 175
Hailed as an exceptional playmaker by the Mizzou coaching staff, his explosiveness is what stood out when being evaluated by the Mizzou coaches … A top-25 recruit out of the state of Tennessee according to Rivals and a three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … Senior: 64 catches, 1381 yards, 16 touchdowns, 22 total TDs, including 3 return TDs … Chose Mizzou over offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue and Tennessee among others.
Drew Lock – QB – Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit HS) – 6-4 – 205
Highly sought-after quarterback from Lee’s Summit with incredible upsize athletically … Caught the attention of the Tiger coaches with his competitive nature and leadership abilities while being a great all-around athlete … Threw for 63 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions over his junior and senior seasons at Lee’s Summit High School … Kansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year after throwing for 2,731 yards and 28 TDs as a senior … Earned the Simone Award, which honors the best high school football player in the Kansas City metro area as a senior … Ranked as the top recruit in the state of Missouri and the seventh-best QB nationally by Rivals … Was the sixth-best QB nationally by ESPN.com and is ranked as the 107th-best recruit nationally by ESPN … Competed at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Beaverton, Ore., in the summer of 2014 … Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and tossed a pair of fourth-quarter TDs … Was named the Felix ‘Doc’ Blanchard Award Winner at the Army All-American Bowl, honoring the player who has most distinguished themselves amongst their peers by demonstrating leadership, character and a sense of community on and off the field … U.S. Army All-American … Elite 11 participant … As a junior, threw for 3,060 yards and 35 touchdowns … Is also an outstanding basketball player who was a first-team all-state selection as a junior, and who had scholarship offers to play hoops from numerous high-level programs, including Mizzou, Oklahoma and Wichita State, among others … High School Coach – Eric Thomas … Parents – Andy & Laura … Father played football at Mizzou, lettering four years as an offensive lineman … Grandfather, Jerry, also played at Mizzou in 1961-62 … Was actually born in Columbia, Mo. … Chose Mizzou over offers from Michigan State, Louisville, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia among others … Cited Mizzou’s tremendous tradition along with loyalty from the Mizzou coaching staff as key reasons as to why he signed at Mizzou … Also credited Mizzou’s beautiful campus and his comfort level in Columbia as contributors to his decision … Plans to major in either sports management or business finance while at Mizzou … Lists golf and fishing, as well as hanging out with family and friends as his interests outside of football.
Josh Moore – DL – Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North HS) – 6-5 – 260
A dynamic two-way player in high school, his big frame along with his pure athletic ability and great lower body strength is what caught the attention of the Mizzou coaches … An All-State selection each of his last two years, he had 530 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a senior, after grabbing five touchdowns and 600 receiving yards during his junior season of 2013 … A three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports, he ranked as high as the No. 3 prospect coming out of Kansas this season, doing so in the ESPN rankings … Is the fifth-best prospect in Kansas according to 247Sports and the sixth-best according to Rivals … Was a two-way star at Olathe North, also playing tight end … A three-star recruit by Scout.com, which ranks him as the 16th-best tight end nationally … Also has been a standout basketball player for Olathe North, lettering four years on the hardwood … High School Coach – Gene Wier … Parents – Damion & Cynthia Moore … Chose Mizzou over offers from Auburn, Florida State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU among others … The sustained success of the Mizzou football program and the relationships he built with the Tiger coaching staff were the primary factors that led him to choosing to be a Tiger … Has an interest in studying communications at Mizzou .
Tanner Owen – OL – Kearney, Mo. (Kearney HS) – 6-5 – 275
Tough offensive lineman with great mobility, Owen caught the attention of the Tiger coaches with his tremendous athleticism, confidence and competitive spirit … No. 17 recruit in the state of Missouri by ESPN … Played at the same high school as former Tiger long-snapper and current Tennessee Titan Beau Brinkley, while Kearney also produced LB Brock Christopher and WR Tommy Saunders as Tiger standouts … First Team All-State selection in Class 5A at left tackle … Led Kearney to the State Class 5A semifinals as a junior, helping the team to an 11-2 overall record … Also played basketball at Kearney, averaging 9.8 point and 6.9 rebounds per game … Cited Mizzou’s great tradition and it being the top university in the state as key reasons he chose Mizzou … Has wanted to be a Tiger since his childhood, and he is an early enrollee who is already at Mizzou and participating with the team in winter workouts.
Ronnell Perkins – ATH – St. Louis, Mo. (University City HS) – 6-0 – 185
An athletic player with incredible speed and quickness who figures to add explosiveness to both sides of the football … Rated as the No. 11 recruit in the state of Missouri by Rivals … Suburban All-Conference Selection … Served as team captain each of his last two seasons, and was a two-time All-Conference performer on the gridiron … Caught 30 passes for 500 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, while he made 55 tackles on defense, and returned two kicks for scores, as well … Outstanding sprinter who was an All-State performer on the oval in the 100 meter event for University City … Hauled in 34 passes for 639 yards and nine scores as a junior while adding 83 tackles and two interceptions on defense … High School Coach – Carl Reed … Parents – Ronald & Nakeisha Perkins … Is one of six children, and his brothers’ names are Ronald and Ronnie, while his three sisters’ names are Roneisha, Ronna and Ronera … Chose Mizzou over offers from Illinois, Kansas State, Purdue, Iowa and Memphis among others … Touted the family atmosphere around the Mizzou program and the bond he had with the coaching staff during the recruiting period that ultimately made Mizzou the right choice for him … Also grew very fond of the picturesque Mizzou campus … Currently undecided on his course of study at Mizzou … Lists working out and playing video games among his non-football interests.
Justin Smith – WR – Dublin, Ga. (West Laurens HS) – 6-7 – 200
A tall receiver with an explosive skill set, whose athleticism and play-making ability caught the attention of the Mizzou coaching staff … He is a redzone threat that can go up and get the ball at a very high point … First Team All-State selection by both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and by the Georgia Sports Writers’ Association … Served as team captain during his senior season … Was a homerun threat for West Laurens High School last season, averaging 16 yards per catch … Hauled in 65 passes for 1,038 yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns, leading his team to its first regional championship in two decades … Caught 33 passes as a junior, for 570 yards and five touchdowns … Was an elite three-sport standout at West Laurens, also excelling in basketball in which he averaged 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while also competing in track and field … High School Coach – Stacy Nobles … Father – Willie Smith … Chose Mizzou over offers from NC State among others … Also had an offer to play basketball at Georgia … Factors that drew him to Mizzou include the campus, the curriculum and the people … Has an interest in studying either business or education at Mizzou, and has designs of being a coach at some point in the future … Lists hobbies outside of football as music, drawing, shopping and hanging out with friends.
T.J. Warren – DB – Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County HS) – 5-11 – 190
Is a big-time playmaker who has a great feel for the game and is great with the ball, traits that stood out to the Mizzou coaches … A four-star recruit by ESPN who rates as a top-50 athlete nationally by ESPN … A three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports, he ranked among the top 75 corners in the nation according to 247Sports … All-Region and All-County honoree during his senior season, earning Player of the Week honors once … Tallied 54 tackles his senior season, including 30 solo stops while hauling in three interceptions … Also amassed 1,001 all-purpose yards in his senior season (369 yards rushing, 452 passing, 180 return) … Accounted for 12 total touchdowns for Rockdale County (six rushing, five receiving, 1 interception return) … Tabbed as one of five ‘sleeper’ prospects in the state of Georgia by Rivals … Was also a track standout who lettered four years for his school … High School Coach – Vernon Elder … Parents – Talvin Warren & Tangela Porter … Chose Mizzou over offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana and Marshall … Cited the family feel among the Mizzou football program along with Mizzou’s prestigious academic reputation as key factors contributing to his signing with Mizzou … Also cited Mizzou’s great fans and beautiful campus … Plans to major in education with an emphasis in psychology while enrolled at Mizzou … Lists a few of his hobbies outside of football as cooking, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family.

Ryan Williams – TB – Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS) – 6-0 – 180
Exceptional vision and instincts combined with smooth athleticism and fiery competitiveness make him a big-play threat in the eyes of the Mizzou coaching staff … Rated as the ninth-best recruit in the state of Missouri by Rivals and ranked among the top prospects nationally at the running back position by Rivals … Ran for 925 yards and had 10 total scores on 126 attempts as a senior at Lee’s Summit West, averaging 7.2 yards per carry … Helped lead Lee’s Summit West to Missouri Class 5 state championship in 2013, as he scored three touchdowns in the title game … Ran for 1,038 yards 16 12 TDs as a junior … Over the final two years of his career, he caught 43 passes for 432 yards (10 yards per catch), scoring four times … All-Conference and All-District selection as a senior … High School Coach – Royce Boehm, father of current Tiger standout center Evan Boehm … Was an all-district selection in basketball multiple years, and played on team which placed third in the state in 2011 … Mother – Carolyn Williams … Chose Mizzou over offers from Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and Toledo among others … Cited Mizzou’s family atmosphere and the Mizzou coaching staff’s commitment to him early in the recruiting process as reasons he chose to play at Mizzou … Cited his belief in the Mizzou coaching staff and an opportunity to represent the state of Missouri as key factors for his signing at Mizzou … Plans to major in environmental science while at Mizzou … Enjoys art and putting together puzzles in his spare time and says his favorite food is Hamburger Helper.

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Mizzou and Eastern Michigan Agree to Two-Year Football Series

Mizzou and Eastern Michigan Agree to Two-Year Football Series

Posted on 03 February 2015 by Allen

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The University of Missouri and Eastern Michigan University have agreed to a two-game football series, as announced jointly today by both schools. Mizzou will play host to both games in the series, with the first date set for September 10, 2016, while the back end of the two-game set will be played Sept. 26, 2020 at Faurot Field.

Mizzou and Eastern Michigan have met once previously on the gridiron, with the Tigers taking a 44-24 victory in Columbia on Sept. 6, 1997 in what was the season-opener that year for both squads.

The Mizzou Coaching staff is preparing to unveil its latest recruiting signing class this Wed., Feb. 4th, and Mizzou Network will have its comprehensive Signing Day Show live beginning at 8 a.m. (central time) on www.mutigers.com.

The team is beginning winter conditioning drills this week, in preparation for spring football, which will begin with the first practice on March 10th. Spring will conclude with the annual Black & Gold Game on Saturday, April 18th. Kickoff time has been set for 4 p.m. for the Black & Gold Game, with more details to follow.

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Kuligowski will return to Missouri

Kuligowski will return to Missouri

Posted on 26 January 2015 by Allen

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University of Missouri Assistant Football Coach Craig Kuligowski announced today that he has withdrawn his name for consideration for a co-defensive coordinator coaching position at Illinois, and will remain at Mizzou.

“As a coach, you’re always looking to advance yourself professionally in hopes of someday having a chance to become a head coach. It was important for me and my family to consider this opportunity, and I’m grateful to have gone through the experience, but after evaluating everything, what is best for us is to stay here at Mizzou. We’ve built something special here at Mizzou, and I’m excited to continue to be part of it.”

Missouri’s defense has been outstanding the past two years and is a big reason that the Tigers have gone to the SEC Championship Game in 2013 and 2014.

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Pitt joins Tigers defensive staff

Pitt joins Tigers defensive staff

Posted on 21 January 2015 by Allen

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Former University of Missouri defensive lineman Phil Pitts has joined the Mizzou Football staff as a defensive analyst, as announced today by Head Coach Gary Pinkel.

Pitts, who played in 40 games as a Tiger for Pinkel from 2001-04, comes on board after a stellar high school coaching career at Helias Catholic High School in his hometown of Jefferson City, Mo. Pitts has been head coach at Helias for the past four seasons, and compiled a 40-15 record while winning district championships each year and finishing as Missouri Class 4 state runner up in two of those years (2012 and 2013). Prior to that, Pitts was an assistant coach on the Helias staff for six seasons (2005-10).

“We’re excited to have Phil join our coaching staff,” said Pinkel. “Here’s a guy who came through our program during our building phase, and he demonstrated great leadership in some difficult times, and clearly had a passion for the game of football. He’s done great things at a first-class program like Helias, and we are looking forward to Phil adding his skills to our team,” Pinkel said.

“My time at Helias has truly been amazing and the people I have met, coached, and worked with will forever have a special place in my heart,” said Pitts. “Coaching college football has always been a dream of mine and I am so excited to join Coach Pinkel and his staff at Missouri. Mizzou has always been home to me and I couldn’t be happier to be a Tiger. I have the utmost respect for the entire program and I can’t wait to get started!” he said.

As a defensive analyst for the Tigers, Pitts will focus on assisting new defensive coordinator Barry Odom with a day-to-day evaluation of the Tiger defense, which includes self-scouting, as well as various other duties related to the operation of the football program.

Pitts was credited with 36 tackles from his defensive tackle position in 40 career games for Mizzou. He had an interception return for a touchdown of 49 yards in 2004 at Faurot Field against Arkansas State. He earned his degree in general studies from Mizzou in 2005 and later completed his teacher certification program from MU in 2006. Pitts and his wife, Lindsey, have two daughters, Kayla (3 years old) and Avery (1).

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Mizzou wins Citrus Bowl over Minnesota

Mizzou wins Citrus Bowl over Minnesota

Posted on 01 January 2015 by Allen

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Markus Golden earned MVP honors, and the tandem of Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough helped the Tigers to an impressive 337 on the ground, as No. 16 Missouri won its second-straight January bowl with a 33-17 win over No. 20 Minnesota in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

Murphyran for 159 yards,Hansbroughadded 114 and a touchdown and Mizzou (11-3) secured its third 11-win season in the last eight years, and fourth time ever.

Minnesota (8-5) pulled within two with fewer than two minutes left in the third quarter, but the Tigers pulled away on Hansbrough’s 78-yard touchdown run and Maty Mauk’s 7-yard scoring pass toBud Sasser. That grab gave the senior 1,003 yards on the season, to give Mizzou its first 1,000-yard receiver since T.J. Moe in 2010. In addition, Hansbrough finished the year with 1,084 on the ground.

The Tigers had fun with their playcalling, as defensive tackle Harold Brantley converted a first down for the second time this year on a fake punt. In addition, Ian Simon recovered a perfectly placed onside kick from Andrew Baggett to open the second half. Baggett’s 33-yard field goal gave Mizzou a 13-7 lead.

The Golden Gophers responded on the ensuing series with a 54-yard touchdown pass from Leidner to tight endMaxx Williams. In a move that harkened back to the Chase Coffman era for Mizzou fans, Williams leaped over cornerbackAarion Pentonand stepped over another defender before diving into the end zone.

But Missouri quickly answered, needing just three plays after a muffed Minnesota punt for Mauk to give the Tigers a 19-14 lead on an 18-yard touchdown run.

It tightened to 19-17 by the start of in the fourth quarter before Hansbrough got free and rumbled for his score that put the Tigers’ up by nine with 9:28 to play.

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Mizzou hires Odom as defensive coordinator

Mizzou hires Odom as defensive coordinator

Posted on 23 December 2014 by Allen

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University of Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel has tabbed former Mizzou player and coach Barry Odom to become his next defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, as announced today. Odom, 38, will join the team after the first of the year, as he takes over for Dave Steckel, who will leave to be head coach at Missouri State following the conclusion of Mizzou’s season. Details of Odom’s contract are being finalized, and will be released when available.

Odom has been defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Memphis for the past three seasons, where he has orchestrated an impressive body of work by the Tiger defense. Memphis just concluded a 10-3 season that was fueled largely by Odom’s defense which ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (17.1 ppg) and 22nd in total defense (343.3 ypg) heading into bowl season. That marked an astounding incremental improvement, as Memphis ranked 117th nationally in total defense in 2011 prior to Odom assuming the reins. In 2012, Odom’s first year, the Tiger defense improved to 50th nationally in total defense (383.6 ypg), followed by a jump to 39th in 2013 (370.7 ypg). Memphis earned a share of the 2014 American Athletic Conference title, giving them a conference championship for the first time since 1971.

It’s a homecoming for Odom as he returns to his alma mater, where he starred as a linebacker for Mizzou from 1996-99 and later returned for a nine-year stint (2003-11) in a variety of roles for Pinkel’s staff. He first came back in 2003 as an administrative graduate assistant, and after one year in that role, Odom moved to director of recruiting for the 2004 and 2005 seasons and then served three years (2006-08) as director of football operations.
In 2009, Odom moved to the coaching side of the ledger, as Pinkel’s safeties coach for three seasons where he developed Kenji Jackson, Jarrell Harrison and Jasper Simmons into All-Big 12 performers for Tiger teams which won 26 games in those three years. Odom also played a significant role in recruiting, as he was the lead on many highly-regarded prospects who chose to attend
Mizzou.

“We’re really excited to have Barry and his family back at Mizzou,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. “He’s done an outstanding job at Memphis these past three years. He’s coached with us before, and it’s great to see someone professionally advance himself and go do such a great job elsewhere. I know he was sought after by several other power five schools recently, so we feel very fortunate to have him with us,” Pinkel said.

“It goes without saying how excited I am to have this opportunity,” said Odom. “I have such a deep respect for the success that Coach Pinkel and his staff have had since I’ve been away. Transitioning to a new conference is very challenging, and all they’ve done is get better at everything. When you look nationally at winning percentage, APR, graduation rates, Mizzou is the total package and it’s absolutely one of the top football programs and athletic departments in the country. I’m excited to do my part to continue to add to that, and our family is excited to be part of it again,” he said.
“It’s always tough to leave a place that’s been as good to me as Memphis has, and I can’t thank Coach (Justin) Fuentes enough for the opportunity he provided for me,” said Odom. “Being a part of this building process for the last three years has made me a better coach, and I’m proud to know that it’s in better shape now than what we came into,” he said.

Odom, a native of Maysville, Okla. who graduated from Ada High School, was a four-year letterman at linebacker for Mizzou from 1996-99. He was a key player on MU squads that went to bowl games in 1997 and 1998, and he ended his career ranked 5th on the school’s career tackles list, with 362 stops.

Odom graduated from MU in December of 1999, and served as a development intern for the Tiger Scholarship Fund, assisting with various fund raising projects for Tiger Athletics while earning his Master’s in education from MU. He returned to his home state of Oklahoma in July of 2000 to serve as an assistant coach for Ada High School, which finished that season as runners-up for a state championship.

Odom returned to Columbia in the spring of 2001 as head coach of Rock Bridge High School, and he quickly built the Bruins into a power, as they went 6-4 and won a conference championship that fall. He followed with an 8-4 campaign in 2002 that saw Rock Bridge reach the semifinals of the state championship playoffs.

Born Nov. 26, 1976 in Lawton, Okla., Odom and his wife, Tritia, were married in July of 2000. Tritia is a native of Kahoka, Mo., and is a graduate of MU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. The couple has two sons – James Trump Odom and Garyt Robert.

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Pinkel and Ray pick up SEC Awards

Pinkel and Ray pick up SEC Awards

Posted on 10 December 2014 by Allen

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The Mizzou Football program earned quite a bounty of individual awards today as the Southeastern Conference announced that Head Coach Gary Pinkel has been voted by league coaches as the 2014 SEC Coach of the Year. In addition, junior DE Shane Ray (Kansas City, Mo.) has been selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, while senior back Marcus Murphy (DeSoto, Texas) has been named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year.

Pinkel won coach of year honors after leading his Tigers to a 10-3 regular season and a second-straight SEC Eastern Division title, thanks to a 7-1 league record. Mizzou entered the season picked fourth in the SEC East by pre-season pollsters, a year after going 12-2 in 2013. Under Pinkel’s watch, Mizzou has now won conference divisional titles in five of the last eight seasons (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014), which is tied for most in the nation during that stretch (along with Alabama and Florida State). Additionally, the Tigers’ 75 wins from 2007-14 is the 5th-most among FBS “power five” conferences.

This is the second time that Pinkel has won conference coach of the year honors at Mizzou. He won the same distinction in 2007 in the Big 12 Conference for leading Mizzou to a 12-2 record and a #1 national ranking late in the season. It marks the fifth time a Tiger coach has won conference coach of the year honors, and Pinkel is the first to win twice (Al Onofrio-1972; Warren Powers-1983; Larry Smith-1997; Gary Pinkel-2007, 2014).

Ray’s honor means that he is now the league’s unanimous defensive player of the year, as he’s been voted as such by both the Associated Press and league coaches.

Ray emerged from the shadow of 2013 standouts Michael Sam and Kony Ealy, who were both first-team All-SEC picks a year ago, and forged his own path, breaking records along the way. The first-year starter set a school record with 14.0 quarterback sacks, and he also totaled 21.0 tackles for loss, while ranking fifth on the team with his 61 tackles on the year. Ray leads the SEC and ranks 3rd nationally in sacks, while he ranks 2nd in the league, and 6th nationally in tackles for loss.

He is now the third Tiger to ever win conference defensive player of the year honors, matching former standouts Jeff Gaylord (A.P. – 1981) and Sam (A.P./Coaches – 2013).

Murphy’s award comes a day after he was twice named a first-team All-SEC performer by league coaches – on offense as an all-purpose back, and on special teams as a return specialist. Murphy emerged as one of the nation’s most versatile players and dangerous return men, as he ranks second in the SEC in all-purpose average (131.9 yds.). He is the only player in the nation to score TDs in 2014 via all four all-purpose categories: Rushing (4), Kickoff Returns (2), Punt Returns (1) and Receiving (1), and improved from 2nd-Team All-SEC acclaim in 2013.
Mizzou is off from practice until this Saturday, when they begin on-field preparations for the 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl against Minnesota, set for Jan. 1st in Orlando, Fla.

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Ray named SEC Defensive Player of the Year among other Tigers Honored

Ray named SEC Defensive Player of the Year among other Tigers Honored

Posted on 08 December 2014 by Allen

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Another year of Mizzou Football, another defensive player of the year honor for a Tiger. For the second-straight year, Mizzou features the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, as MU’s junior DE Shane Ray was named the league’s top defender by the Associated Press. He followed former All-American DE Michael Sam, who won the same award in 2013 for his breakout season.

The AP today released its 2014 All-Southeastern Conference football team, and seven different Tigers in all received mention, including three who landed on the first team, with two on the second team and two honorable-mention selections.

Leading the way was Shane Ray, who was named 1st-Team All-SEC in addition to his player of the year honor. Ray emerged from the shadow of 2013 standouts Michael Sam and Kony Ealy, who were both first-team All-SEC picks a year ago, and forged his own path, breaking records along the way. The first-year starter set a school record with 14.0 quarterback sacks, and he also totaled 21.0 tackles for loss, while ranking fifth on the team with his 61 tackles on the year. Ray leads the SEC and ranks 3rd nationally in sacks, while he ranks 2nd in the league, and 6th nationally in tackles for loss.

He is now the third Tiger to ever win conference defensive player of the year honors, matching former standouts Jeff Gaylord (A.P. – 1981) and Sam.

A pair of offensive teammates joined Ray on the A.P.’s first team, in senior all-purpose man Marcus Murphy and senior WR Bud Sasser. Murphy emerged as one of the nation’s most versatile players and dangerous return men, as he ranks second in the SEC in all-purpose average (131.9 yds.). He is the only player in the nation to score TDs in 2014 via all four all-purpose categories: Rushing (4), Kickoff Returns (2), Punt Returns (1) and Receiving (1), and improved from 2nd-Team All-SEC acclaim in 2013. Sasser developed into Mizzou’s top receiving threat a year after Mizzou lost 78% of its receiving production from 2013. He established career bests in every category, catching 70 passes for 935 yards and 10 touchdowns, ranking second, fourth and third, respectively, in the SEC in those categories. Sasser is the first Mizzou wide receiver to win 1st-Team all-conference honors since Danario Alexander in 2009.

Earning a spot on the A.P. second team were junior LB Kentrell Brothers and senior SS Braylon Webb. Brothers led Mizzou and ranked fifth in the SEC with a career-high 117 tackles – the most by a Tiger defender since former All-American Sean Weatherspoon tallied 155 stops in 2008. He made a career-best 14 tackles in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama on Saturday. Webb, a co-captain, was recognized for his steady play that saw him grab four interceptions, break up three passes and recover a fumble, while ranking third on the team with 69 total tackles.

Two more standouts on Mizzou’s well-renowned defensive line earned honorable mention status from the Associated Press. Included here were sophomore DT Harold Brantley and senior DE Markus Golden. Brantley made quite an impression as he was constantly disrupting opposing offenses throughout the season. He ended the regular season with 50 tackles (seventh-most on the team), with seven QB pressures, 5.0 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss, with two blocked kicks and two pass break ups to boot. Golden earned honorable mention acclaim by the A.P. for the second-straight year, after he overcame a hamstring injury which limited his production during the middle portion of the year, to close strong with 8.5 sacks, 16.0 tackles for loss and 68 total tackles (fourth on the team), while adding a team-high nine pass break ups.

Mizzou is off from practice until this Saturday, when they begin on-field preparations for the 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl against Minnesota, set for Jan. 1st in Orlando, Fla.

MIZZOU’S 1st-TEAM ALL-SEC HONOREES (A.P.)
TIGER POS YEAR HT WT HOMETOWN

Marcus Murphy AP Sr. 5-9 190 DeSoto, Texas
Shane Ray% DE Jr. 6-3 245 Kansas City, Mo.
Bud Sasser WR Sr. 6-3 220 Denton, Texas

%-SEC Defensive Player of the Year

MIZZOU’S 2nd-TEAM ALL-SEC HONOREES (A.P.)
TIGER POS YEAR HT WT HOMETOWN

Kentrell Brothers LB Jr. 6-1 235 Guthrie, Okla.
Braylon Webb SS Sr. 6-0 200 Gilmer, Texas

MIZZOU’S HON. MEN. ALL-SEC HONOREES (A.P.)
TIGER POS YEAR HT WT HOMETOWN

Harold Brantley DT So. 6-3 280 Hershey, Pa.
Markus Golden DE Sr. 6-3 260 St. Louis, Mo.

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Breaking Down the 2014 SEC Championship Game

Breaking Down the 2014 SEC Championship Game

Posted on 02 December 2014 by Allen

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In just their third year in the Southeastern Conference, the Missouri Tigers (10-2 overall, 7-1 in SEC play) will be making a 2nd-straight SEC Championship Game appearance this Saturday, as Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s troops (ranked 14th in the Associated Press Poll, 13th in the Coaches’ Poll) will face the #1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1) for all the SEC’s marbles. Kickoff from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., is set for 3 p.m. (central time), with the game televised on CBS.

Mizzou is coming off a hard-earned 21-14 win last Friday at home over the red-hot Arkansas Razorbacks (who came into the game after consecutive shutout wins over LSU and Ole Miss). The Tigers came into the game as underdogs, despite playing at home, and faced a 2nd-quarter deficit of 14-3, before PK Andrew Baggett connected on his second 50-yard field goal on the day to draw MU to within 14-6 at halftime. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, the Tiger offense came alive to score 15 points in the final period on a Maty Mauk-to-Jimmie Hunt TD pass (4 yards) with 12:41 left (followed by a Bud Sasser-to-Darius White 2-point pass) to tie the game, and a Marcus Murphy TD run (12 yards) with 4:38 left to take the lead. The Tiger defense, which pitched a second-half shutout for yet another outstanding performance, forced an Arkansas fumble with 2:13 left to play. Senior DE Markus Golden won a wrestling match for the ball for the recovery on the MU 35-yardline and the Tiger offense ran out the clock to clinch the win. It was Mizzou’s 6th-straight victory, and improved the Tigers to 14-2 in SEC play over the last two seasons.

A key to Mizzou’s great success in 2014 has been its continued success away from home, as the Tigers went a perfect 5-0 on the road this year. Mizzou has now won 10 straight road games (also went 5-0 in 2013), to establish a school record for consectuive road wins. The 10-straight is currently the nation’s 3rd-longest active road win streak (trailing Ohio State [13] and Florida State [12]).

Mizzou became just the third SEC East team to win the division outright in consecutive seasons.

The Tiger’s two SECCG appearances in just three seasons in the SEC are more than six other SEC programs (Mississippi State, South Carolina 1; Kentucky, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt 0).

Mizzou returned just 9 starters from its 2013 Eastern Division championship squad, including 5 on defense, and 4 on offense. The losses on offense were particularly stout, as MU lost its starting QB, TB and top three receivers, in addition to 4 of its top 6 tacklers on defense.

In Mizzou’s last two SEC East-winning seasons, Gary Pinkel’s group has defied the preseason prognosticators. Mizzou won the SEC East in 2013 after being picked to finish sixth in the division in the preseason. The Tigers again were picked to finish in the bottom half of the division this season, checking in at fourth in the SEC East in the 2014 Preseason poll.

Those who follow the Mizzou program know that Gary Pinkel’s outfit is used to winning at a high level. This marks the fifth time in the last eight seasons that Mizzou has won a conference division title (2007, 2008 and 2010 Big 12 North; 2013 and 2014 SEC East). Additionally, in all five of those seasons, Mizzou has reached double-digit win totals as the Tigers went 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008, 10-3 in 2010, 12-2 in 2013, and of course the current 10-2 mark this year. It’s also worth noting that Pinkel played football with Alabama head coach Nick Saban at Toledo.

The Crimson Tide have won seven straight and enter the game Saturday as a 14 point favorite. Bama beat Auburn last week at home in the Iron Bowl 55-44.

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