The Mizzou Tigers travel south to Athens, Georgia to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in the Nike uniform combination of white jerseys on black pants. If you can’t catch the game on SEC Network, follow along on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Mizzou Made Snapchat.

Mizzou Made Tigers Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin join forces again with the Kansas City Chiefs and try to relive some of their top moments now in the NFL. For all the latest on Mizzou Football, follow the team on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

 

RS Sophomore leads the SEC in tackles for loss

 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football’s Charles Harris has been added to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, as announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday. The original list was comprised of players based on their 2014 performance but Harris was one of 13 players identified by the Maxwell Club that warrant attention due to noteworthy play. The Bednarik Award is given to college football’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Harris joins teammate Kentrell Brothers as Brothers was on the original Bednarik Award Watch List, which was released in July. Harris ranks fifth nationally and leads the Southeastern Conference with 11.5 tackles for loss in 2015. Harris is also ranked seventh in the SEC and among the nation’s top 60 in quarterback sacks with 4.0. Harris recorded 2.0 sacks at Arkansas State, equaling his career total coming in. He also registered 4.5 tackles for loss (-24 yards) at A-State, which marked the first time a Mizzou defender recorded 4.5 or more tackles for loss in a game since Stryker Sulak had 5.0 TFLs vs. Illinois Aug. 30, 2008.

Harris is fourth on the team and leads Mizzou defensive linemen with has 29 tackles (18 solo) with 11.5 tackles for loss (-46 yards), 4.0 sacks (-23 yards), four QB hurries and a forced fumble through six games. Harris is a big reason why Mizzou leads the SEC while ranking third nationally with 57 total tackles for loss with at least seven in each game. Harris has had multiple tackles for loss in five of Mizzou’s six games this season and he is averaging -4 yards per TFL this season.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced on November 2nd and three finalists will be announced November 24th. The winner of the 2015 Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 10th at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2016.

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Mizzou freshman averaged 47.8 yards per punt, including a career-long 61-yarder vs. Florida

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football freshman punter Corey Fatony has been named Ray Guy Player of the Week following his tremendous performance against No. 11 Florida last Saturday, announced Tuesday (Oct. 13) by the Augusta Sports Council. The Ray Guy Player of the Week is given to the nation’s top punter each week by the Ray Guy Award committee. This is the first time that Fatony has been honored as the Ray Guy Player of the Week and it is the first time a Mizzou player has earned the distinction.

Fatony punted nine times against the Gators, averaging 47.8 yards per punt while resetting his career-long with a 61-yard punt in the second quarter. He pinned the Gators inside their 20 four times. On the year, Fatony, a true freshman, is averaging 43.7 yards per punt on 38 attempts. He has had 15 punts inside the 20 this season and 16 fair caught while just three have been touchbacks.

The Ray Guy Award is recognized by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, ncfaa.org.

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Sunday, Oct. 11- 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 11- 3:05 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 11- 3:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 11- 7:30 p.m.

 

Mizzou set to honor former LB who passed away 10 years ago

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football and Mizzou Athletics are set to celebrate the life of former Mizzou linebacker Aaron O’Neal on Saturday, October 10, 2015 during the Homecoming Game vs. Florida at 6:30 p.m. While pursuing his dream of playing college football, Aaron’s dream died tragically on the afternoon of July 12, 2005, when he passed away following a voluntary workout with his teammates. While the pain of Aaron’s loss will dwell indefinitely, his memory and spirit will live on forever at Mizzou. Aaron’s engaging smile, his selfless nature and his warm friendship will never be forgotten, and it is all of those things that will be celebrated with his entire family and the Mizzou family during Saturday’s game.

Aaron was a redshirt freshman linebacker heading into the 2005 season, with much promise to his future. He redshirted in 2004 after coming to Mizzou from Parkway North High School in St. Louis, Mo., where he was a four-sport standout student-athlete. He earned Class 5 all-state honors as a running back as a senior, when he rushed for 1,562 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also earned all-metro, all-conference and all-district honors, as well as his team’s offensive MVP honor as a junior, when he ran for 1,207 yards and 14 TDs. Aaron had 800 yards and 9 rushing TDs in just four games as a sophomore, including a school-record 254-yard outing against Webster Groves, and he left his school owning virtually all of Parkway North’s career rushing and scoring records. An outstanding all-around athlete, Aaron also excelled in basketball, track and baseball at Parkway North, and was part of the team which finished 4th in the 2003 state baseball championships. His high school football coach was Bob Bunton. He was the son of Lonnie and Deborah O’Neal.

O’Neal may be gone, but he has not been forgotten by anyone in the Mizzou community and his memory lives on with Gary Pinkel and the program 10 years later.

Gary Pinkel has done his best to help the program remember O’Neal, the man with the ‘million-dollar smile’ as he was renowned. Every year, a linebacker will wear O’Neal’s #25. Currently, that bestowment belongs to sophomore LB Donavin Newsomhe will wear it for the remainder of his career and pass along to another St. Louis LBNewsom, just like O’Neal, graduated from Parkway North High School in St. Louis, Mo.

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Head Coach Gary Pinkel sat down with the voice of Mizzou Tigers, Mike Kelly, at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday, October 5 in Columbia, Missouri for Tiger Talk. This week’s segment featured Mizzou Football Senior Cornerback Kenya Dennis and Sophomore Wide Receiver Nate Brown.

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Drew Lock threw two touchdown passes in his first career start, and Russell Hansbrough became the sixth 2,000-yard rusher of the Gary Pinkel era as Mizzou coasted to a 24-10 win over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The win was the sixth straight game, going back to the Citrus Bowl win over Minnesota, that the Tigers have held their opponents to 21 or fewer points. That’s the longest such streak for the Tigers dating back to the 2006 season.

The defense pitched a shutout in the second half with the help of three interceptions and four first-half sacks. Walter Brady matched his career-best output with two of those sacks, along with one of the picks. Kentrell Brothers, the nation’s leading tackler, continued his stellar season with another seven tackles (1.5 TFL, including an assisted sack).

In the first-ever matchup of true-freshman quarterbacks in SEC history, the Tigers (4-1, 1-1 SEC) got on board first when Lock drove Mizzou down 51 yards on 11 plays, capped off with an 8-yard pass to Nate Brown.

After the two teams traded field goals midway through the first half, the Gamecocks tied the game at 10 on a bit of a fluky play. With 9:20 left in the first half, Aarion Penton was in position to intercept Lorenzo Nuñez at the goal line, but it appeared that Pharoah Cooper knocked the ball out of Penton’s hands. As the ball fell toward the turf near the 2, Shon Carson scooped in and snatched the ball out of the air for the score.

On its next drive, Mizzou pulled away to stay when Lock found Brown in the right corner of the South end zone. Brown finished the game with 33 yards on a team-high-tying six catches to go with the pair of scores.

The last of the three takeaways set the Tigers up with a short field thanks to Brady’s inteception return. Lock led the Tigers down for another scoring drive, resulting in a one-yard Ish Witter rushing TD.

The Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3 SEC) only had the ball twice the rest of the way, and Mizzou killed the last 6:42 of the game for its sixth consecutive win in The ZOU.

Sunday, Oct. 4- 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 4- 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 4- 3:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 4- 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 5- 7:30 p.m.

Mizzou Football returns to The ZOU for the annual gold rush game in the exclusive Nike combination of gold jerseys, anthracite pants, and glossy black tiger helmet. Be at the Tiger Walk Bridge at 8:30am to greet the team! For all the latest on Mizzou Football follow the team on Twitter and like us on Instagram and Facebook.