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Missouri Tigers Football news and notes

Offensive Player of the Week

WR Danario Alexander - Sr., 6-5, 215, Marlin, Texas

  • Alexander continued his case for All-Big 12 honors with another outstanding performance in helping lead Mizzou to a much-needed 36-17 win at Colorado. Alexander ended the day with 8 receptions for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns, to give him 100 yards in a game for the 4th time in 2009...
  • His TD catches came in consecutive order in the 1st quarter and helped the Tigers extend their lead from 7-0 to 21-0. His first scoring grab was a beauty, as he got free across the middle and took a pass in stride from QB Blaine Gabbert and outran everyone for a 73-yard score, just one off of his career-long reception. Just four minutes later, he caught a 2-yard scoring strike from Gabbert for his 7th receiving TD of the year...
  • For the season, Alexander has 58 receptions for 824 yards and 7 TDs. His receptions are 3rd-most in the Big 12, while his receiving yardage and TD total both rank 2nd-best in the league...
  • On the NCAA level, Alexander ranks 7th in the nation in receiving yards per game (103.00) and he's also 12th in the country in receptions per game (7.25)...
  • With a minimum of four games remaining on the season, Alexander has a chance to break the MU single-season receiving yardage total of 1,260, set just last by All-American and eventual NFL 1st-Round Draft pick Jeremy Maclin...
  • Alexander's achievements are especially impressive, given the fact that's he's had to undergo four different surgeries due to injuries during his time as a Tiger. As a sophomore, he suffered a broken wrist in the season opener of 2007 against Illinois, and missed three games before returning. In the 2007 Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma, he injured his knee which required reconstructive surgery. During the spring, he suffered a relapse in his recovery as he re-injured the knee and had to have a second surgery to repair it. In 2008, he played at considerably less than 100% and had to have a third surgery after the season to clean the knee up one more time...

Defensive Player of the Week

LB Sean Weatherspoon - Sr., 6-2, 250, Jasper, Texas

  • Weatherspoon led an impressive defensive effort for the Tigers, with a 12-tackle outing at Colorado that featured 1 tackle for loss...
  • Four of his tackles came in the 4th quarter, including a massive stop on 4th-and-1 from the MU 13-yardline for a loss of two yards that gave Mizzou the ball back, protecting a 33-17 lead. He also later made a stop on 3rd-and-long that was well short of the first down to help end another CU drive...
  • With his 12 tackles, Spoon moved into a tie for 5th on the school career tackles list, with 375. He stands 59 stops away from the school record of 434 set by James Kinney from 2001-04...
  • Mizzou's defense limited Colorado to just 176 yards of total offense - the lowest single-game total against MU since allowing 162 yards of offense to Mississippi in 2006 (a 34-7 MU win in Columbia)...
  • The Tiger defense held Colorado to minus-14 yards rushing on the day (thanks in large part to 8 QB sacks for 73 yards in losses), and that's the lowest single-game rushing output by a Tiger opponent since 1972, when California had minus-77 rushing yards against the Tigers (a 34-27 MU win)...
  • Adding to his All-American and All-Big 12 credentials for the season, Weatherspoon currently ranks 3rd in the Big 12 and 40th in the NCAA with his 9.12 tackles per game average, while he also ranks 9th in the conference and 45th nationally, with his 1.19 tackles per loss average...
  • Mizzou's defense currently ranks 4th in the Big 12 (32nd nationally) in total defense, allowing 324.63 yards per game through 8 outings...

Mizzou Team/Individual Notes

  • All-Big 12/Freshman All-American candidate DE Aldon Smith continued his assault on the MU sack record book, as he had a huge day in Boulder, where he recorded 3.0 QB sacks for 27 yards in losses. For the day, Smith had 5 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (35 yards) and also added a fumble recovery and a pass break up to his day. Smith now has 8.0 QB sacks on the year, and that ranks him 5th in the Big 12 and 9th in the NCAA, while he also ranks 3rd in the league in tackles for loss and 9th nationally. MU's single-season sack record is 11.0, held by current NFL standout Justin Smith, in 2000...
  • Junior TB Derrick Washington ran for 99 yards and opened the game with a 1-yard TD run to put the Tigers up, 7-0. Washington just missed his second 100-yard game of the season, but he averaged a solid 4.5 yards per carry as the Tiger ran for 184 yards on the day, the 2nd-most for MU this season (196 vs. Furman), and the most against an FBS opponent (previous high against FBS team was 181 vs. Bowling Green)...
  • Mizzou leads the Big 12 in net punting, with an average of 40.05 yards per punt, which also ranks them 7th nationally. Senior P Jake Harry IV was named as a Ray Guy Award candidate last week, and he currently ranks 4th in the Big 12 with an average of 42.20, which is 40th nationally...
  • On Saturday, the Tigers got the opening kick and drove 80 yards on 11 plays (4:27 TOP) to take a 7-0 lead on Derrick Washington's 1-yard TD run. It marked the first time this season that Mizzou has scored a TD on its game-opening possession, and only the 3rd time in 8 games in which it's tallied points on its initial drive...
  • Mizzou held a 21-0 first quarter lead in Boulder, after entering the game having scored a total of just 33 1st-quarter points combined in its previous seven games...
  • Mizzou surged to a 33-0 in the second quarter, before allowing a Colorado field goal just before halftime. The FG by Colorado broke a string of 139 consecutive points scored by MU in the series. The Tigers scored the final 48 points of the 2007 game in Boulder (a 55-10 win), all 58 points in Columbia in 2008 (58-0 win) and the first 33 points on Saturday...
  • Sophomore QB Blaine Gabbert bounced back from a tough outing the previous week against Texas by completing 17-of-29 passes for 192 yards and 2 TDs (with 2 INTs), and he also showed some new spring in his step as he ran 6 times for 26 yards, including a keeper for 16 yards that showed he's recovering from his sprained ankle that's hampered him the last four weeks...
  • Sophomore PK Grant Ressel was perfect on the day, as he connected on field goals of 29 and 33 yards, and was 4-of-4 on PATs. He is now 14-of-15 on FGs for the year and a perfect 23-of-23 on PATs. His extra points extended MU's consecutive PAT string to 221, with its last miss coming in 2005 at Colorado.

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