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SEC Player of the Week Nominees

University of Missouri

 

Offensive Player of the Week

Kendial Lawrence – TB, Sr., 5-9, 195, Rockwall, Texas

·     Lawrence rushed for a career-high 121 yards on just 10 carries (12.1 avg.), and had 2 rushing touchdowns in a game for the first time in his career, as he helped lead the Tigers to a 62-10 season-opening win Saturday night at home against Southeastern Louisiana…

·     His signature play of the night came on a 76-yard TD run around the right edge, when he got to the corner and went untouched on what was a career-long run midway through the 1st quarter which made it 21-0…

·     Lawrence later opened the 3rd quarter with a 1-yard scoring plunge to make it 34-3.  It marked the 2nd-consecutive 100-yard rushing game for Lawrence, dating to 2011 (108 yards vs. North Carolina in 2011 Independence Bowl) and the 3rd 100-yard game in his last 5 overall…

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Zaviar Gooden – LB, Sr., 6-2, 230, Pflugerville, Texas

·     Gooden tied for team-high with 6 tackles in 2 ½ quarters of play, but landed the biggest blow when he returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown on SE Louisiana's first possession.  That pick six (first of Gooden's career) made it 14-0 Mizzou with 10:26 left in the 1st quarter, and set the tone for MU's 62-10 victory…

·     Gooden had a team-high 2.0 tackles for loss Saturday night.  He now has an interception in three straight games, dating back to 2011, when he had one pickoff each in games against Kansas and North Carolina, to end the 2011 season…

·     Gooden went over the 200 tackle plateau for his career on Saturday, and he enters Saturday's game with Georgia with 201 career stops – most among active Tigers…

 

Special Teams Player of the Week

Marcus Murphy – TB/PR, So., 5-9, 185, DeSoto, Texas

·     Murphy had a record-setting night, as he returned a pair of punts for touchdowns to become the first Tiger in history to have two kick returns for scores in a game.  His scores were from 70 yards in the 3rd quarter (4:41 mark), and he followed with a 72-yarder early in the 4th quarter (9:45 mark)…

·     Murphy ended the game with 180 punt return yards on 5 attempts (36.0 avg.), and his yardage broke the long-standing MU single-game record of 156 previously held by NFL Hall of Famer Roger Wehrli, set Oct. 21, 1967…

·     The only other time Mizzou has had two kick returns for scores in the same game was back in 1965, when Johnny Roland had a 65-yard punt return for a TD and Ray Thorpe had a 79-yard kickoff return for a score in a 14-14 tie against UCLA…

·     His 72-yarder was the longest by a Tiger since former All-American Jeremy Maclin had a 75-yard punt return touchdown in the 2008 Alamo Bowl against Northwestern.  It is also the first time since the 2007 season that a Tiger has had multiple punt return scores in the same year (Jeremy Maclin, one in two different games)…

·     Murphy, who missed the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury, also carried the ball five times on offense, and gained 32 yards, for an average of 6.4 yards per attempt…

 

Offensive Lineman of the Week

Max Copeland – RG, Jr., 6-3, 290, Billings, Mont.

·     Former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship in August, who made his first career start Saturday in MU's 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana.  Copeland graded out the highest among Mizzou starters on the line, at 92%, and he added 3 knockdown blocks on the night, as Mizzou ran for 261 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per rush.  The Tigers also threw for 191 yards (452 yards of total offense) and allowed only one sack, which was not Copeland's responsibility…

 

Defensive Lineman of the Week

Kony Ealy – DE, So., 6-5, 265, New Madrid, Mo.

·     Made his 2nd career start a big one, as he contributed with 4 tackles, including a QB sack (8 yards) which forced a fumble that was returned 7 yards for a touchdown by teammate Michael Sam.  Final stat line – 4 tackles, 1 QB sack, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass break up…

 

Freshman of the Week

Corbin Berkstresser – QB, RS-Fr., 6-3, 230, Lee's Summit, Mo.

·     Berkstresser was very efficient in his first collegiate outing, as he threw for a score and ran for a score in Mizzou's 62-10 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.  He was a perfect 5-of-5 passing for 60 yards and a touchdown (10 yards), while adding 25 yards rushing and a touchdown (from 1-yard out) on 5 carries (5.0 avg.)…

 

 

Mizzou Team Notes

·     The Tigers jumped out to a lightning-quick 28-0 lead barely halfway into the 1st quarter and cruised to a 62-10 win over SE Louisiana to improve MU to 12-0 alltime against schools from the Football Championship Subdivision.  In a span of less than four minutes of clock time, Mizzou scored twice offensively and twice defensively to break the game open.  Once the remnants of now Tropical Storm Isaac dumped plenty of rain on Columbia, the pace slowed down as the Tigers took a 28-3 lead into halftime.  Five straight TDs for Mizzou staked the Tigers to a 62-3 lead, before the Lions mustered their only TD of the night with 2:32 to play against MU reserves…

·     Mizzou drove 75 yards and 11 plays on its season-opening drive (converting one 4th down along the way) and took a 7-0 lead at the 11:08 mark, when QB James Franklin hit WR T.J. Moe for a 2-yard touchdown pass.  Just two plays later, it was 14-0 Mizzou, after LB Zaviar Gooden took an interception 20 yards for a score at the 10:26 mark.  After a Tiger defensive stop, TB Kendial Lawrence sped around right end on MU's first snap for a 76-yard TD run to make it 21-0 at the 7:35 mark, and on the ensuing snap for SE Louisiana, it was suddenly 28-0 at the 7:19 mark, when DE Kony Ealy sacked the Lion QB, jarring the ball loose.  DE Michael Sam scooped the ball up at the SE Louisiana 7-yardline and rumbled in for his first career TD…

·     Mizzou enjoyed a balanced scoring attack like never before Saturday against SE Louisiana.  The Tigers scored five offensive touchdowns, and tacked on four non-offensive scores, including two punt return TDs (both by Marcus Murphy) and two defensive scores (INT return by Zaviar Gooden and fumble return by Michael Sam).  It was the first time since 2006 that Mizzou had multiple defensive scores in a game (at Texas Tech, 2006), and just the 6th time overall in school history…

·     The four non-offensive touchdowns also established a school record, breaking the previous best of two, achieved seven times previously, with five of those being two defensive scores, and the other two occasions being a pair of kick-return scores…

·     Mizzou has an active win streak of five, dating back to 2011, which stands as the 3rd-best in the country, entering Saturday's game against Georgia.  TCU leads all teams with 8, while Baylor is next with 6.  Mizzou is tied for third with 5, along with fellow SEC members Alabama and South Carolina, as well as USC, BYU and West Virginia…

·     Five Tigers made their first career starts on Saturday, including four on offense and one on defense.  The first-time offensive starters included junior TE Eric Waters, junior RG Max Copeland, sophomore C Mitch Morse and true freshman LG Evan Boehm.  Boehm became the first-ever true freshman offensive lineman to start for Head Coach Gary Pinkel.  The sole first-time starter on defense was sophomore NG Matt Hoch…

·     Mizzou outrushed SELA by a 261-to-58 margin Saturday, on the way to a total offense advantage of 452-to-223…

·     Up next for the Tigers is an historic game, as the 6th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs come to Columbia for the first time ever in what will mark MU's first conference game as a member of the Southeastern Conference.  Mizzou and Georgia have played only once previously, way back in the 1960 Orange Bowl (1959 season), when UGA claimed a 14-0 win in Dan Devine's second season as Tiger head coach…

·     Mizzou has a record of 24-15-1 alltime against schools currently in the SEC.  Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is 9-2 at Mizzou against current SEC schools, and has won his last five straight and seven of eight.  Here's a look at Mizzou's results against current SEC teams under Pinkel:

o     10-29-11 at Texas A&M  W, 38-31 (OT)

o     10-16-11 at Texas A&M  W, 30-9

o     1-1-08  vs. Arkansas  W, 38-7 (2008 Cotton Bowl)

o     11-1-07 vs. Texas A&M  W, 40-26

o     9-8-07  at Ole Miss  W, 38-25

o     10-14-06 at Texas A&M  L, 25-19

o     9-9-06  vs. Ole Miss  W, 34-7

o     12-30-05 vs. South Carolina W, 38-31 (2005 Independence Bowl

o     12-31-03 vs. Arkansas  L, 27-14 (2003 Independence Bowl)

o     11-15-03 vs. Texas A&M  W, 45-22

o     11-16-02 at Texas A&M  W, 33-27 (2-OT)

·     Here's a look at Mizzou's alltime record versus current SEC schools:

o     vs. Alabama – Mizzou leads, 2-1

o     vs. Arkansas – Mizzou leads, 3-2

o     vs. Auburn – Mizzou leads, 1-0

o     vs. Florida – Mizzou leads, 1-0

o     vs. Georgia – Georgia leads, 1-0

o     vs. Kentucky – Kentucky leads, 2-0

o     vs. LSU – Mizzou leads, 1-0

o     vs. Ole Miss – Mizzou leads, 5-1

o     vs. Mississippi State – Mizzou leads, 2-0

o     vs. South Carolina – Mizzou leads, 2-0

o     vs. Tennessee – No previous meetings

o     vs. Texas A&M – Texas A&M leads, 7-5

o     vs. Vanderbilt – Mizzou leads, 2-1-1

 

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