So it continues.
Mizzou’s special season continued in slightly different fashion when they fended off Florida 33-31 on senior night. Sometimes you need to win when you don’t have your A-game, and that’s exactly what the Tigers were able to do against a scrappy Gator squad.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt when your best players play like your best players. More than a few seniors came up on our staff’s MV3 ballots, but it was a sophomore who took home top honors for the performance against Florida.
1. Luther Burden III
Injuries. Double teams. Pin it however makes you feel most comfortable — Luther Burden hasn’t been himself over the past few weeks. Yes, the touchdowns are still coming, but the dominance we saw early in the season had been contained for one reason or another.
It would seem that Burden was tired of said containment. Burden obliterated the Florida secondary for 158 receiving yards on nine catches, including one of the biggest catches in Mizzou Football history. He might’ve had even more had his scores not been called back. Regardless, it was a return to star form for the sophomore. He now has a chance to finish the season strong against Arkansas and potentially leapfrog Xavier Legette for second in the SEC in receiving yards.
2. Cody Schrader
Barring a miracle, Cody Schrader will lead the SEC in rushing yards for the 2023 season.
While Schrader’s 200-yard performance against Tennessee likely put the conference rushing title out of reach, Schrader iced it against Florida, adding 148 yards and another touchdown to his season total. He holds a commanding 258 yard lead on Ray Davis and will face an Arkansas defense that gives up 150-plus on the ground per game.
Is an All-SEC First Team selection up next?
3. Harrison Mevis
Money Mevis returns.
Harrison Mevis, who started the year with some unexpected scrutiny after missing his first collegiate point after and struggling with chip shots, has done a little bit of everything in his senior season. He’s hit the longest field goal in Mizzou and SEC history; he’s become the program’s all-time leading scorer; and now he’s hit two last-second, game-clinching field goals.
None of Mevis’s kicks on Saturday night were barn-burners. But they didn’t need to be. After some early season consternation about whether the Thiccer could make ‘em when they count, Mevis drilled every single one of his kicks on Senior Night, including the one that sent him to the sideline chomping the yard.
Others receiving votes: Jaylon Carlies, Javon Foster
What do you think? Did anyone else stand out to you against Florida? Let us know in the comments!