Mizzou Links, 5-6-14: Kony Ealy's probably a first-rounder, and T.J. Moe's a Ram

Bill Carter

Fox Sports 1 has a lovely piece on Kony Ealy's family, T.J. Moe signs with the St. Louis Rams, Jakeenan Gant is trying out for the U18 national team, and Mizzou Men's Golf makes the NCAAs.

1. Kony

Fox Sports 1: Kony Ealy Feature w/Kris Budden

Advanced Football Analytics: Bayesian Draft Analysis Tool

2. L'Damian

A good week for Mizzou features. What a story.

3. T.J.

The Missourian: Former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe signs with hometown St. Louis Rams
Fox Sports MW: Short commute: Rams sign former Mizzou standout Moe
Turf Show Times: T.J. Moe signs with Rams

Just for fun...

And hey, why not...

4. And while we're talking pros...

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Draft Hopeful Q&A: FB Max Copeland

Has it been difficult to keep off all this weight after playing at 310-315 pounds during your senior year?

"I’m not saying it was easy, because making that kind of change in a short amount of time was really hard. I just beat the hell out of myself for a few months, and that’s what it took. Really, I don’t think many people know how hard it was to stay at the weight I was at to play offensive line. I’m not meant to be 300 pounds. As much as I love being big and strong -- well, I’m still big and strong, so I’ll strike that -- and being an offensive lineman, living that lifestyle, it was really hard for me to do. I had to be close to a kitchen every two, two and a half hours and be shoveling chicken breasts into my mouth. It was good, I loved it, it was great. But it was a relief to get to not feel like I had to constantly be eating, eating, eating. I could focus more on just training, which is what I love. I hate eating and I love training. If I can do less eating and more training, I love it."

How did your family react to the change?

"It was totally weird. My family didn’t see me when I was training because I was here. I really kept it pretty low-profile. I was spending all day training and was kind of just a hermit. Once they saw me, 10 inches was cut from my hair, I dyed a green streak in my hair and was 50 pounds lighter. And I was catching footballs at pro day. So they’re like, ‘Who is this guy?’ The truth is, I didn’t tell anybody. And I did that on purpose. I wanted this to be my transformation and, for a while, I wanted to make it pure. And pro day was kind of my unveiling. Like, ‘OK, I’m going to share this now.’ I remember my dad looking at me like, ‘Who are you?’ The last time he saw me, there was a giant gash on my face, I was 310 pounds and had a huge beard I hadn’t shaved for a year. Now, I was just a completely different looking person. But that’s kind of par for the course for me. Every five years, I end up making some sort of drastic change. I don’t sit still very well. I’m always changing."

Pro Football Talk: Report: Scouts see Michael Sam "almost as a non-entity"

5. Future Tigers

Gant
MUtigers.com: Gant Among USA Basketball's Men's U18 National Team Training Camp Invitees
The Trib (Courtside View): MU signee Gant invited to USA U18 tryouts
KC Star: Missouri’s Jakeenan Gant selected for USA Basketball under-18 national team

Allen
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball Signs Talented Texas Forward D'Angelo Allen

And the guy who'll coach them
Post-Dispatch: Anderson's believers have faith he'll deliver

6. #stubble

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Softball Weekly Recap (May 5)
Mizzou Network: SIGHTS & SOUNDS: Mizzou Softball Senior Day

7. #NCAAs

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Golf Earns NCAA Regional Bid
MUtigers.com: 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Columbia Regional
KC Star: Missouri men’s golf team makes NCAA Tournament field

8. WHATNOT

Track & Field
The Missourian: Missouri's Kearsten Peoples, Jill Rushin keep it light while aiming to be world's best

Wrestling
MUtigers.com: Tiger Style Adds Four More to 2014-15 Recruit Class
The Missourian: Missouri wrestling adds four new recruits to 2014-15 class

Hey, Mike
Mizzou Network: Mike Alden Update for #MizzouNation May 2014

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