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A handful of Mizzou alumni are going to the NFL playoffs

Mizzou Links for Monday, December 30

Five Tigers headed to the playoffs, also Drew Lock still rules

We’re in that really unfortunate part of the sports year where there’s not a whole lot going on in the college sports world. If your football team isn’t bowling (thanks, NCAA, hope your Christmas was terrible and your New Year is worse) and your basketball team is closing out non-conference play, the news bits are few and far between.

However, we did see the NFL regular season come to a close yesterday and with it, the seasons of many Missouri alumni. Here are some notable stat lines from Tigers who will be headed home for the year.

  • First and foremost... DREWWWWWWWW

Lock went 17 of 28 with 177 yards passing, one touchdown and no interceptions. Most importantly, he wrapped up his fourth win in five games as the Denver starter. It seems likely he’ll be Denver’s QB1 headed into training camp next summer.

  • Markus Golden recorded 7 tackles to bring his season total to 35. He finishes the 2019 season with 10 sacks, a strong first campaign with the New York Giants.
  • Sheldon Richardson logged 3 solo tackles as the Browns wrapped up a monstrously disappointing season.

Of course, it wasn’t all disappointment for the ranks of professional Tigers. Here are a few more notable stat lines from players headed to the postseason.

  • Kentrell Brothers showed out in the Vikings final game of the season, getting 10 tackles and a half a sack. It was easily his most productive game of the season.
  • Mitch Morse was announced as a starter for the wild card Buffalo Bills, but was pulled in the middle of the game — likely for precautionary reasons.

Congrats to Brothers and Morse, along with Walter Palmore (Texans), Justin Britt (Seahawks — injured) and Beau Brinkley (Titans) for making the playoffs! We’ll be rooting for you the whole way, or at least until our respective teams play you!

Yesterday at Rock M

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The young star made the most of his first start, shooting 8 of 10 from the floor (!!!) to total 19 points, 6 rebounds and an assist. He still has defensive issues and is a little foul prone, but man oh man is his potential tantalizing.

Can you imagine if he’d been playing for the past 3ish years?

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