#MizzouMade Entrepreneur Tommy Saunders is competing on Jillian Michaels’ new Spike TV program Sweat Inc. Michaels’ show focuses on finding the next big exercise program by bringing in fitness entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and compete against one another for a $100,000 prize. Saunders entered the competition with a program that uses two fitness products of his own: Rock360 and Omniballs.

Saunders walked onto the Mizzou Football team in 2004 as a redshirt freshman wide receiver after graduating from Kearney High School in Kearney, Missouri. Prior to the 2005 season, Saunders earned a scholarship position on the team. During the spring of 2006, he was voted Team Most Improved Wide Receiver. In 2007, after a season that included a career-high 41 catches for 397 yards, he was awarded the Team Rigman Outstanding Underclassman Leadership Award. His teammates voted him team captain in 2008 along with Chase Daniel, Ziggy Hood and William Moore.

Saunders’ recent success in the fitness industry is no surprise. During his time at Mizzou, Saunders set the goal for himself to complete 100,000 pushups in the 2006 calendar year. Not only did he meet his goal, he exceeded it, stopping at 100,084 to pay tribute to his jersey number, number 84.

Saunders currently resides in Kansas City. Sweat Inc. airs on Spike TV on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. CT.

Story by Marcus Wilkins
Photos courtesy Mizzou Athletics
Published Oct. 16, 2015

It’s Homecoming 2015 at the University of Missouri. In Faurot Field’s south end zone, smoke emanates from the tunnel’s maw as the stadium sound system rumbles the rafters. An undulating wall of rowdy Tigers, eager to run onto the gridiron, strains against the outstretched arms of Pat Ivey. The man who has helped so many student-athletes reach new heights in the weight room is now physically holding them back.

Suddenly, as if the 6-foot-5-inch mountain of a man can no longer contain his progeny’s energy, the wave of black and gold overwhelms him and Mizzou storms the field.

Ivey, BS ’96, M Ed ’00, PhD ’13, knows precisely when to provide resistance and when to relent. It’s an integral part of his job as MU’s associate athletic director for athletic performance.

Today more than ever, student-athletes don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” says Ivey, a student of Rick McGuire, MU professor emeritus of psychology and founder of the Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching. “We have to see them as people first. A lot of the athletes who have the most pressure on them are the least prepared for it.”

Ivey can relate to pressure, having played football at Mizzou during some especially lean years. Detroit born and raised, the former defensive end chose MU along with his close friend A.J. Ofodile, BGS ’01, the current head football coach at Rock Bridge High School. Coached by Bob Stull and then the late Larry Smith, the Tigers were 12–31-2 during Ivey’s years competing at Mizzou.

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City of Columbia to provide free bus service on Nov. 5th and free downtown parking after 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Department of Athletics is preparing for its Nov. 5thThursday night game against Mississippi State.  It will mark the first Thursday night home game for Mizzou since 2009 (Nebraska), and only the third in program history (1992 vs. Colorado).

As Mizzou partners with numerous campus and city entities to make preparations for the game, fans are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the latest information on logistics related to parking, traffic, and all elements of the game, by bookmarking www.mutigers.com/thursday in their browser.

The City of Columbia will provide an outstanding service on game day as all normal COMO Connect city bus routes will run a “free transit day.”  The standard football game-day routes will also be running for $1.50 each way (visit www.comoconnect.org/services/football-routes/ for details).

In addition, the city will suspend parking fees at all city-owned meters and parking garages beginning at 4 p.m. on that day.

It is important to note for general public (non-donor) parking, for this game only, spaces will not be available in the Tiger Avenue and Parking Garage #7 structures.  The best parking solutions will be to park downtown and use the convenient and affordable transportation provided by the city.  All parking on the MU campus will be designated for students, faculty and staff for the evening.

For continuing information about Mizzou Athletics and Mizzou Football, follow along  on Twitter at @MizzouAthletics , @MizzouFootball , @MizzouGameDay or on Facebook on the official Mizzou Athletics page or Mizzou Football’s page.

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.

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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.