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Missouri players get honored after the Purdue win

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Purdue Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

1. Jalen Knox, Tucker McCann get weekly honors after their Purdue performances.

I’m sure many Missouri fans are still trying to contextualize what the 40-37 win over Purdue means in the long term for Missouri, but despite a sloppy-yet-exciting game, a few Tigers picked up some awards this week.

Receiver Jalen Knox was named the SEC’s freshman of the week after his five catch, 110-yard, 1 TD day against the Boilermakers:

As an aside, is anyone worried about the depth of the receiving corps anymore? Anyone? Me either. Missouri doesn’t have the size at receiver like it did in 2013, but this appears to be the most talented group since then.

Tucker McCann was named the Lou Groza Award “star” of the week after going 4-for-5 on field goals and 4-for-4 on PATs against Purdue. Which, I watched the whole dang game and wrote on it and didn’t even realize Missouri’s offense had to settle for five field goal attempts.

His only miss was the blocked 50-yard attempt which was a tough situation in the first place.

2. Drew Lock gets some love, too.

I guess you can consider a 375-yard, 4 total-TD game “quiet” when the opposing quarterback throws for 572 yards, but I’m kind of surprised that Drew Lock’s performance against Purdue is drawing more and more national attention.

First, it impressed Kirk Herbstreit, who included Lock on his list of top Week 3 performances:

Lock also moved up to the No. 1 QB spot on Chris Trapasso’s draft board for CBS Sports. Here’s part of what Trapasso said about Lock:

Most impressive performance I’ve watched from Lock. Seriously. Sure, it was against a Purdue team that lost at home to Eastern Michigan the week before, but the cannon-armed quarterback demonstrated a variety of NFL franchise quarterback skills and didn’t really make any major mistakes all evening. Oh, and he led a game-winning drive.

(Shhh... no one tell him about that pick.)

Finally, Lock saw his Heisman chances rise ever so slightly, moving from 40/1 to 33/1, according to Bovada. This week will be either the first real “Lock for Heisman” salvo... or the death knell for his Heisman chances. Play well and lead an upset against Georgia (or at least keep it close) and Lock’s chances will live another few weeks.

3. ‘Crootin news

First, some good news. Missouri will likely have a packed house of visitors on Saturday, and 4-star 2019 safety Jalani Williams will be one of them:

Williams is from Parkway North in St. Louis, an area that Missouri is quietly dominating in the 2019 class — although there are a good number of highly ranked players left on the board from the St. Louis region.

Per Rivals, Williams has visited Oklahoma (April) and LSU (Sep. 7) and then will visit Alabama the weekend following this Missouri trip.

And now the bad news:

Oh well.

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