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Mizzou Links: Shane Ray is your DPOW, and the RBs should be healthy

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Shane Ray was named the SEC's defensive player of the week after posting four tackles for loss and two sacks against UCF. Plus: Josh Augusta is athletic for his size, Mizzou RBs will be healthy for Indiana, and 2015 basketball target Antonio Blakeney is re-opening his recruitment.

Shane Ray is SEC DPOW
Shane Ray is SEC DPOW
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Newlogo_medium Shane Ray: SEC Defensive Player of the Week

It would be a mistake to think this will be Shane Ray's last award. In his own words, "I feel like I want to be an all-around better player. I wanted to be good at not just doing one move, I wanted to be great at doing all moves."

Missouri Notes: The "Shane Ray Rules the World" edition - Columbia Daily Tribune

You probably also know that Ray leads the SEC and is tied for the national lead with 7.5 tackles for loss on the season, and he is second in the SEC to Texas A&M's Myles Garrett and tied for third in the FBS with 5.0 sacks.

Newlogo_medium The Players

Maty Mauk

#GarkJokes:

Josh Augusta

Missouri defensive tackle Josh Augusta displays athletic ability | The Kansas City Star

Tigers junior defensive end Shane Ray hasn’t seen it with his own eyes, but he’s heard stories that Augusta, a 6-foot-4 and 335-pound sophomore backup defensive tackle, regularly dunks during games at MU’s rec center. "I can do everything on the court," Augusta said with an ornery smile after Missouri’s 38-10 win last weekend against Central Florida.

"Anything. You name it, and I can do it."

The Running Backs

Mizzou tailbacks expected back for Indiana : Sports

"The medical staff handles that very well and they make a determination," Pinkel said. "Their determination was he could have gone back in for the fourth quarter. We just didn’t think it was necessary." Hansbrough did not attend Monday’s interview session.

"We’ve got to get him to not take guys on like that," Pinkel said. Hansbrough leads MU with 258 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Murphy said he knew his injury wasn’t serious Saturday and doesn’t expect it to affect him this week. "I just tripped up and rolled my ankle," he said. "It was a minor injury. I’ll be ready. … I wasn’t worried about it."

Levi Copelin Dismissed

WR Levi Copelin dismissed from MU football program - Columbia Daily Tribune

Wide receiver Levi Copelin, who the NCAA already suspended from competition this season after failing a drug test, has been dismissed from the Missouri football program, Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. When asked for the reason behind the dismissal, Pinkel said, "I don't discus personnel issues."

Newlogo_medium Media Day

Gary Pinkel Speaks, Week 4 - Columbia Daily Tribune

Running backs Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough should be back this week, as well as defensive tackle Matt Hoch and wideout Lawrence Lee.

Moe's Mizzou Breakdown: Central Florida > insideSTL.com

Click through to listen as Moe breaks down Missouri's 38 - 10 victory over Central Florida.

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou Football Media Day Quotes - Sept. 15

On Michael Scherer's play so far this season... "Michael's getting better. He's improving and every start you learn things. He's no different than anyone else. If you're a linebacker and good up front then that really helps you be a better linebacker. There's no question about it. Sean Weatherspoon would tell you the same thing. I think it starts up front. He's learning and very athletic. He's physical and competitive and we expect him to get better as we go along."

Newlogo_medium Offensive Line

FullbackU: After seeing a bad snap vs UCF I've been wondering if maybe Ricker's tinkering might be cause for some of the issues we'd been seeing during non-con play. I'd come close to breaking down what the offensive line was doing differently and how that was affecting the run game and pass protection but per Morrison's tweet it sounds like we'll be reverting to a more familiar system. I anticipate some adjustment during the Indiana game, just in time for the real challenge of South Carolina.

PowerMizzou.com - Media Day Notebook

While the consistency may not be there just yet in the ground game -- Missouri is averaging nearly a yard less per rush than it did a year ago -- the rebuilt offensive line is performing admirably in pass protection. Through three games, Maty Mauk has been sacked three times, with two coming against Toledo. Mauk's elusiveness has surely saved some sacks, but there were also some coverage sacks (it seemed) in the game against the Rockets.

Newlogo_medium Snap Counts!

If you read one thing every week, it should probably be Morrison's snap count article.

SNAP DECISIONS: H-backs and speed sweeps, false blitzes, oh my! - Columbia Daily Tribune

Alright, let me explain that last thing first. On probable passing third (and, one time, fourth downs), Dave Steckel had his two Nickel linebackers settle in right behind the defensive tackles before the snap. Seven times, both dropped back in coverage. That yielded five first-down completions, a sack and an incompletion. Twice, only the Will backer blitzed, both times leading to an incompletion. Once, both Scherer and Ruise blitzed, which ended in Ray's sack and strip of Justin Holman.

Steckel's done that before, most recently against Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.

Newlogo_medium Indiana at Mizzou

You mean to tell me that Mizzou has a losing record to those Hoosiers?

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou Set to Host Indiana on Family Weekend

MIZZOU / INDIANA SERIES HISTORY The Tigers and Hoosiers have met 11 times previously on the gridiron, and they’ve played to an interesting set of results over the years. Indiana enters Saturday’s contest holding a 6-3-2 edge in the series, which began with a home-and-home in 1953 and 1954. The Tigers won both of those games (14-7 in Bloomington and 20-14 in Columbia), but it was all Hoosiers after that, as Indiana went 6-0-2 in an eight-game home-and-home series from 1985 to 1992. During that stretch, IU was 2-0-2 at Faurot Field, winning in consecutive years (36-17 in 1985 / 41-24 in 1986), while ties were the end result in the last two games played in CoMo (28-28 in 1988 / 27-27 in 1991).

Football scouting report: Indiana - Columbia Daily Tribune

Last time out: Bowling Green 45, Indiana 42. Bowling Green scored a touchdown with nine seconds remaining, and the Hoosiers fell on the road despite gaining 582 yards of total offense. Bowling Green piled up 571 yards. Indiana's Tevin Coleman had 190 yards rushing on 24 carries, and Nate Sudfeld was 31-of-41 passing for 347 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Shane Wynn caught 10 passes for 139 yards.

Newlogo_medium Mizzou at South Carolina gametime

"Y'all wanted a night game, right? Oh, you wanted one AT Faurot? Sorry pledges." - Mike Slive

Mizzou at South Carolina will be 6 p.m. kickoff : Sports

Tigers open SEC play Sept. 27 on ESPN.

Tiger Prowl: Week 4 > insideSTL.com - Mizzou Tigers

As you may remember, Mizzou, which was coming off of an unprecedented win at Georgia, had South Carolina and Florida in back-to-back weeks. Despite both games being crucial to the SEC East race, neither were picked up by CBS.

Why?

Because as Jon Solomon pointed out, selecting Missouri/South Carolina would have "carried a risk CBS usually doesn't take". That risk involved selecting two non-traditional SEC power schools (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee). According to Solomon, 47 of the past 50 regular season SEC games on CBS have involved at least one of those schools: Missouri at South Carolina (2012, 2.5 rating); South Carolina at Arkansas (2012, 1.8 rating) and Mississippi State at Arkansas (2011, 1.9 rating). Those three rank among the lowest-rated SEC games during that period. So, the network obviously has some solid justifications for shying away from certain games.

Newlogo_medium Basketball Recruiting