As we put a wrap on the roller coaster ride of a rebuilding season in 2009, I've decided to ask for the community's help in fashioning the 2009 Mizzou All-Season Team. Just like I did in 2007 before the Cotton Bowl, putting together the All-Season Team will help recognize the top performances of the season at each position this past year.
Today, we look inside Spoon's 111 total tackles and try to pick out his best game. Nominees after the jump.
NOMINEES (in chronological order):
- Sean Weatherspoon vs. Bowling Green: Spoon came to play against Bowling Green before the defense even took to the field against the Falcons, as he lit up Willie Geter for a one-yard loss on a 43-yard punt by Jake Harry. Spoon would end up posting his season-high in tackles.
THE LINE: 14 tackles (10 unassisted), one tackle for loss
- Sean Weatherspoon vs. Texas: Kind of like Chase Coffman in Austin the year before, Spoon made the lonely decision to have a fantastic game in the midst of a slaughter at the hands of the steers. In his best Laurence Bowers impression, Spoon filled out the stat sheet with a sack, an interception and a pass break up in addition to another double-digit day (er, night) in tackles.
THE LINE: 11 tackles (8 unassisted), 3 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one pass break up
- Sean Weatherspoon vs. Colorado: The 12 tackles are certainly impressive, but it was that one tackle for loss that demanded the most attention. Colorado has clawed back to a respectable 33-17 at the start of the fourth quarter, and had driven inside the Missouri red zone. Then on 4th and 1, Spoon stepped into his gap and absolutely blew up Rodney Stewart for a two-yard loss and a turnover on downs. Colorado never threatened again.
THE LINE: 12 tackles (8 unassisted), 1 tackle for loss
- Sean Weatherspoon vs. Baylor: Yet another individually impressive game in a defensively frustrating performance for the team. Spoon's 11 tackles in the game kept him moving up the Mizzou all-time tackles list, tying him at that point in the season with Travis McDonald for fourth all-time. He would end up just 17 tackles shy of tying James Kinney's school record of 430 career tackles.
THE LINE: 11 tackles (7 unassisted), 2 tackles for loss, one sack
2009 Missouri Tigers All-Season Team
- Quarterback: Blaine Gabbert vs. Illinois
- Running Back: Derrick Washington vs. Kansas
- Wide Receiver: Danario Alexander vs. Kansas
- Wide Receiver: Jared Perry vs. Furman
- Wide Receiver: Jerrell Jackson vs. Iowa State
- WR/RB: Wes Kemp vs. Illinois
- Offensive Line: Offensive line vs. Kansas