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Mizzou Football Well Represented in ESPN’s Top 100 Players of the 2023 Season

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Four Tigers on ESPN Top 100

After an 11-win season capped off with the Cotton Bowl victory over Ohio State, Mizzou Football’s talented roster received some well-deserved recognition nationally.

From ESPN’s Top 100 players of the 2023 season — four Tigers cracked the list.

No. 15: Luther Burden III (Preseason ranking: NR)

“The former five-star prospect blossomed as a sophomore and put together the best season for a Mizzou since 2009. 83 catches, 1,197 yards and 9 touchdowns. His five-straight 100-yard receiving games drove Mizzou’s early unbeaten start, and he was instrumental in the Tigers’ first major bowl bid since 2013.”

No. 16 Cody Schrader (Preseason ranking: NR)

“Schrader walked on at Mizzou after rushing for 2,000 yards at Division II’s Truman State, and after a solid 2022 campaign, he became one of the nation’s best backs in 2023. He rushed for 1,499 yards and 13 touchdowns and averaged 196.4 yards from scrimmage over Mizzou’s final five regular-season games.”

No. 48 Kris Abrams-Draine (Preseason ranking: NR)

“A stalwart for a physical Mizzou defense, Abrams-Draine allowed only a 37% completion rate and a 28.4 QBR as primary coverage guy. He picked off four passes, broke up 11 more, and proved his physicality with 2.5 tackles for loss, a run stuff and a pair of pressures on six pass rushes.”

No. 76 Javon Foster (Preseason ranking: NR)

“The Missouri offensive line took a huge step forward in 2023, and Foster’s nearly flawless play at left tackle was a huge reason why. He allowed just nine pressures, with three holding penalties and only seven blown run blocks, in 13 games. He’s in Kiper’s top 10 for 2024 tackle draft prospects.”

Congrats to LB3, Schrader, KAD, and Foster who were all unranked ESPN players in the preseason — but it’s a little surprising not to see Brady Cook on this list. You can certainly make the case for him.

From Saturday Down South’s awards, Mizzou was represented with the best coach and the Most Improved Team:

Already looking ahead to next season? Mizzou is at 50/1 odds to win the National Championship according to Bet Online — which is currently good for 8th in the new 16-team SEC.

Much of that is due to Eli Drinkwitz’s transfer portal recruiting success. According to On3 Sports, Mizzou is currently fifth in the entire country in their transfer portal team rankings:

Meanwhile, Blake Baker has all of a sudden become LSU’s leading target for their defensive coordinator job — according to 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello.

Certainly, an interesting development in the early stages of the offseason. Nate Edwards with some important information, however.

Onto the links. M-I-Z!

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