1. Drew Lock, Albert Okwuegbunam get some national recognition on Wednesday.
That’s what happens when you hang a 65-spot on Memphis, though — your offensive players get awards. First it was Jalen Knox earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors. On Wednesday, it was Lock and Okwuegbunam’s turn.
After his six catch, 159-yard, three-touchdown performance against Memphis, Okwuegbunam was named the Mackey Award Tight End of the Week. He’s also trending well for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.
His 400 receiving yards are within spitting distance of the top two receiving tight ends, Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger (496 yards) and San Jose State’s Josh Oliver (454). Okwuegbunam has five touchdowns; one behind Sternberger and three ahead of Oliver.
Drew Lock, meanwhile, earned three honors/accolades. First, he was named to the Davey O’Brien Award Week 9 Great 8 team (my, that’s a mouthful!) as one of the top eight quarterbacks in Week 9.
Lock also was named a finalist for two major awards — the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Lowes’ Senior CLASS award, a student leadership award.
These are the other finalists for the Golden Arm Award, which is given to a four-year or senior quarterback (hence, no Tua):
- Jake Browning, Washington
- Eric Dungey, Syracuse
- Ryan Finley, NC State
- Will Grier, West Virginia
- Justin Herbert, Oregon
- Drew Lock, Missouri
- Trace McSorley, Penn State
- McKenzie Milton, UCF
- Gardner Minshew, Washington State
- Steven Montez, Colorado
- Shea Patterson, Michigan
- Brett Rypien, Boise State
- Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss
- Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
- Brady White, Memphis
2. The Mayor of Columbia gets some national attention, too.
Sophie Cunningham, Missouri sports icon, has been named to the 2019 Cheryl Miller Award watch list. The Cheryl Miller Award is given to the best small forward in women’s basketball.
Let’s take a live look at how Cunningham is reacting to the news:
Yesterday at Rock M
- Poll! Should Missouri be a 7-point favorite over Kentucky? (Honestly, I think so.)
- Jordan Geist is the starter, but depth is an issue at point guard
- Missouri faces game-breaking back in Benny Snell
- Hey, it’s Missouri basketball preview day, courtesy of Sam!
- There’s plenty of motivation for Missouri on Saturday
- Ben Askren is close to finally joining the UFC in a one-of-its-kind trade, says this ESPN report.
- Jalen Knox’s versatility — and maturity — has helped Missouri without Emanuel Hall, writes Brendan Lavell of the Columbia Missourian.
- A changed mindset reaps rewards for Missouri’s standout goalkeeper Kelsey Dossey, writes Joe Noser of the Columbia Missourian.
- So the college hoops/FBI trial wrapped up on Wednesday with a guilty verdict that appears to let these coaches off the hook. But Michael Rosenberg of SI writes what (for some reason) no one in the local Kansas City media will write: Bill Self should be suspended if Kansas is serious about following the rules.