Punting! Is! Winning!
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.
Missouri's ability to create good field position for its defense with almost no help from its offense has been a major saving grace. And we've got three more years of Fatony to look forward to!
Hey there, Dawgs
Nate Brown is from Suwanee, Ga., which is about 50 miles west of Athens. He said his personal cheering section will have about 20 members in it at the Georgia game, but he knows a bunch more people that go to the school. And they haven't been bashful this week: "I'm looking forward to it a lot. I've never played a game in that stadium. I've heard it's huge. It's nothing new. We've played in big stadiums before. It's just going home, getting to play in some familiar faces is always good...There's been a little bit of trash talk here and there. But it's all fun."
Plus, Brown has the added motivation of his home-state flagship school not catching his scent until late in the recruiting process: "It was kind of frustrating. They didn't really offer me until after the state championship game. I really didn't pay them too much attention because I was really focused on my commitment here at Missouri. And it's played out well."
We'll touch more on Georgia throughout the week, but UGA confirmed that sophomore running back Nick Chubb will require season-ending surgery for Saturday's gruesome knee injury, which means for the third straight year the Bulldogs' No. 1 running back won't play against Missouri. Former UGA star Todd Gurley missed the 2013 and 2014 games because of injury and suspension, respectively.
This will be the first time Missouri (4-2, 1-2 SEC) faces an unranked Georgia team since they began meeting in the SEC. UGA was No. 7 in 2012 and 2014 and No. 13 in 2013.
As usual, Georgia has reinforcements in the backfield. Sophomore Sony Michel ran for 145 yards in Saturday's loss to Tennessee.
This might be Gary Pinkel's best set of linebackers
For the last year, Gary Pinkel raved about Newsom's athleticism and speed. Over the past few weeks, Newsom's attributes have resulted in increased production. The redshirt junior from St. Louis has totaled 4.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks from his strong-side linebacker position, adding another element to Missouri's defensive pressure that ranks first in the SEC in TFLs (57) and third in sacks (19).
It's been the best three-week stretch of Newsom's career. He had 3.5 TFLs in his previous 31 games, and no sacks in that span.
The biggest difference for Brothers has been his ability to progress from a linebacker that makes good plays to a linebacker that is making extraordinary plays.
His 5.5 tackles for loss in just six games is more than he had in all of 2014, so too are his two interceptions and two blocked kicks. Brothers is the face of a defense that is allowing just 13.5 points per game (best in the SEC) and is allowing just 2.9 yards per carry.
Between Chubb and Michel, UGA has had a 100-yard rusher in each game, while the Tigers haven’t allowed a single back to eclipse the century mark this season.