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MV3: Cody Schrader, Mizzou defense flatten the Hogs

Cody Schrader capped a magical year and the defense stifled Arkansas’ attack.

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Rivalry games aren’t supposed to be that easy. But then again, is it really a rivalry if one team always wins?

Eli Drinkwitz thinks so, and I suppose we ought to follow his guidance. We have to take games against Arkansas seriously. Sorry y’all.

So, for the last time this season, let’s consult the Rock M staff to decide who the three most valuable players of the game were.

1. Cody Schrader

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Who else? It had to be. What did you expect?

For the final chapter of his storybook season, Cody Schrader penned a fitting conclusion. He demolished the Razorbacks from start to finish, so much so that Eli Drinkwitz pulled him by game’s end. But 218 yards and one touchdown later, Cody Schrader’s mark had been left yet again.

What a season.

2. Triston Newson

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The man has nine more tackles than the next guy on defense... and we can’t even get picture of our guy, AP or USA Today? For shame. Cal Tobias would’ve.

It’s especially a shame considering Newson posted his best game in a Mizzou uniform. Fifteen tackles, six solo, two for a loss. With Mizzou missing both of its starting linebackers, including a Butkus Award finalist, the junior made up for both of their absences with a flying performance. It’s as if all of the hype he was receiving in the preseason culminated in this season-capping performance when the Tigers needed it most.

3. Chuck Hicks

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Let’s not kid ourselves: the other reserve linebacker that started in Fayetteville had a night to remember as well. While his six tackles were far behind his partner’s, three-and-a-half of those were for a loss, with one forcing the fumble that led to Jayden Jernigan’s Big Journey to the End Zone. The senior saved his best stuff for last, helping Newson form a dominant partnership in the middle of the defense.

Others receiving votes: Brett Norfleet

What do you think? Did we make the right choices? Let us know in the comments!