Mizzou's Kony Ealy named SEC Defensive line Player of the Week
From the University of Missouri
Football junior defensive
lineman Kony Ealy (New Madrid, Mo.) has been named the Southeastern
Conference's Defensive Line Player of the Week, the league office
announced on Monday. Ealy had one of the single biggest individual plays
of the 45-28 win at Indiana, taking an interception
back 49 yards for a touchdown during a 24-0 run that put the game away
for the Tigers.
leapt to knock down an Indiana pass on a 3rd-and-3 play from Mizzou's
46-yard line with two minutes left in the
half. Instead of only getting a pass breakup, Ealy held on to the ball
and raced the other way for a 49-yard interception return for a
touchdown. The play staked the Tigers out to a 28-14 lead.
pickoff was the first of Ealy's career, and he ended the night with two
total pass break ups, while adding one solo
tackle as the Tigers held the Hoosier offense in check throughout the
contest. Through three games, Ealy leads the Tiger defense with four
pass break ups.
Ealy is the second Tiger to earn Defensive Line Player of the Week from the SEC after junior Markus Golden (St. Louis,
Mo.) earned the award for his own defensive score in the Sept. 7 win over Toledo.
Mizzou (3-0) returns home to Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium to host non-conference foe Arkansas State on Saturday, Sept.
28, with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on CSS. Ticket information is available at MUTigers.com.