1. Tyler Badie
I shouldn’t have to spend a ton of time gushing about how great Tyler Badie is, but it’s becoming something of a pastime here at Rock M. We don’t have to talk about our guy... but why wouldn’t we, right? Badie shook off two disappointing performances by cashing in a career-high rushing day, totaling 217 yards on just 17 carries to go along with 3 total touchdowns. And it’s not just the pure numbers, either — it’s the way he got them. Badie busted big runs in crucial situations, exploited big holes in the trenches and even fought off an attempted DDT to log an explosive play in the day’s most impressive run.
There’s no doubt Badie will be getting All SEC votes at the end of the season. At this point, he’s fighting for a spot on the First Team... and maybe more than that if he finds a way to tally some great performances against the juggernauts coming up on Missouri’s schedule.
2. Harrison Mevis
The Thiccer continues to wallop mighty field goals with disgusting ease. When do we start fundraising to build the statue?
3. Mekhi Wingo
It’s hard to sum up how disappointing the defensive line has been in 2021, though I suppose all the headlines about Mizzou firing its defensive line coach after 5 games do it pretty well. But if anything good has come from the upheaval on the line, it’s been the quick emergence of Mekhi Wingo. Wingo wasn’t the most touted of Mizzou’s DL commits in the 2021 class, but he’s proven to be the most immediately effective. He had a coming out party against North Texas, accruing a rumblin-stumblin-bumblin big man pick-six while stacking up a TFL and QB hurry along with 3 additional tackles. It was an all-around performance for the true freshman, a sign that things may not be so dim in the future.
Others receiving votes: Kris Abrams-Draine
How about y’all? Who was your Homecoming MVP, and why is it Tyler Badie? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
But if it wasn’t Tyler Badie, that’s fine. Maybe just keep your comments and bad opinions to yourself.