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NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks writes that Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray "is a freakish athlete" who has reportedly jumped from a Day 2 pick to possibly going in the top-10.

Ray is averaging 1.25 sacks per game and has 10 total. "Clearly, he's out of the shadow of Kony Ealy and Michael Sam and is flourishing playing opposite Markus Golden (four sacks), a promising prospect himself," Brooks wrote. "Ray, a fourth-year junior, will have a decision to make about his future after the season." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray runs a 4.44 forty, has a 41-inch vertical jump and bench presses more than 400 pounds.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 28 - 7:19 PM

NFL Media analyst notes that Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray has an "explosive get-off and can bend the edge."

The Tigers prospect has the initial pop but needs to improve his ability to convert speed to power. He's an active and disruptive force against the run, making a lot of plays in pursuit, but his lean frame and lack of strength limit his effectiveness against the run overall. Ray displays a relentless motor, and has had made a huge impact this season. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray runs a 4.44 forty, has a 41-inch vertical jump and bench presses more than 400 pounds. On Monday, ESPN's Mel Kiper called Ray "the nation's fastest-rising prospect," and currently has him No. 5 on his big board.
Oct 23 - 3:56 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks is "confident" Missouri redshirt senior RB Marcus Murphy "will get an opportunity to make a roster as a utility player following his three-score effort against Florida."

"Whenever an offensive player is capable of making an impact in the kicking game, scouts will denote him with a gold star due to his ability to contribute as a two-phase player," Brooks wrote as a preface, indicating Murphy is going to be getting a whole lot of gold stars around the league after shredding the Gators. Murphy had a 96-yard kick return for a touchdown, and a 86-yard punt return for a score. "As more NFL scouts dig into film to search for a solid option in the return game, Murphy's impressive career resume (seven total return touchdowns) could make him an enticing option on draft day," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 21 - 10:58 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray as the No. 5 overall prospect.

"He has a bit of a tweener frame right now, with below-average height and a lean build, but he has elite speed for the position, and he explodes off the line with his first step, quick feet and hands, and effective spin move," McShay wrote. "He has initial pop but needs to improve his ability to convert speed to power. He's an active and disruptive force against the run, making a lot of plays in pursuit, but his lean frame and lack of strength limit his effectiveness against the run overall. Ray has a relentless motor, and has had an excellent start to the season." ESPN colleague Mel Kiper called Ray the nation's fastest-rising prospect on Monday, and multiple NFL scouts told Sports Illustrated last week that Ray is a possible top 10 selection. Ray has a 4.44 forty, a 41-inch vertical jump and bench presses more than 400 pounds. Tigers' fans should make their peace with the idea that Ray is as good as gone after this season.
Oct 15 - 5:45 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper calls Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray the nation's fastest-rising prospect.

"He wasn't on my Big Board at the start of the season because he didn't get enough reps last year, but he's been exceptional in 2014," Kiper wrote. "He's been a constant disruptive force as a pass-rusher, and what I really like is that he can beat you off the edge but also has quickness and shed skills to create separation and penetrate from the inside. Right now he's No. 5 overall on the Big Board." Multiple NFL scouts told Sports Illustrated last week that Ray is a possible top 10 selection. "He’s pretty damn good," one scout said. "He’s real sudden and not real long, but he makes a ton of plays for them." Ray has a 4.44 forty, a 41-inch vertical jump and bench presses more than 400 pounds.
Oct 13 - 9:41 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk completed 9 of 21 attempts for 97 yards and four interceptions in the school's 34-0 loss to Georgia.

Mauk was miserable, throwing screen passes with poor placement and making some horrendous decisions. Many were excited about Mauk last season, but he is not an NFL prospect.
Oct 11 - 3:15 PM

Multiple NFL scouts told Sports Illustrated Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray is a possible top 10 selection.

Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans note Ray opened the season as a second-day pick. "He’s pretty damn good," one NFL scout told the SI duo. "He’s real sudden and not real long, but he makes a ton of plays for them." The scout added Ray is expected to be a prominent figure at the NFL Combine thanks to his athleticism. "He has the goods," with a reported 4.44 forty, 41-inch vertical jump and bench press of more than 400 pounds.
Oct 8 - 2:53 PM

Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray has recorded 11.5 tackles for loss this season, good for second in the FBS.

After the opener against North Dakota State (1.5 TFLs), Ray has recorded at least two solo tackles for loss in each contest, including four against UCF. Missouri obviously teach their edge rushers to use an outside rip move, as Ray, Michael Sam, Kony Ealy and Markus Golden have all consistently displayed it. Ray and Golden are a better duo than their predecessors.
Oct 7 - 10:31 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks included Missouri redshirt junior defensive end Shane Ray as one of his draft "risers" on Monday.

Ray recorded eight tackles and two sacks against South Carolina on Saturday. According to Brooks, the junior DE shows "the first-step quickness and burst that scouts desire in elite edge players." Brooks also noted that "Ray displayed solid run-stopping skills against an offensive line that is considered one of the best in college football." In 2013, Ray made 39 tackles, nine tackles for loss and had 4.5 sacks.
Source: nfl.com
Sep 29 - 4:41 PM

Missouri redshirt senior WR Darius White will miss a few weeks due to a groin injury.

Head coach Gary Pinkel called it "severe" and the team initially thought it was a season ending matter. White is a Texas transfer and was listed as a starting receiver out of camp. He recorded 15 catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns in three games before the injury.
Sep 23 - 10:07 AM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk completed 28-of-47 attempts for 326 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Saturday's loss to Indiana.

He added 32 yards on the ground. Mauk threw for 647 yards and a 12/3 TD/INT ratio during Mizzou's 3-0 start, and he played just as well today. The Tigers, however, couldn't get stops when they needed to, specifically at the end of the game, when D'Angelo Roberts burst into the end zone for a three-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining. Sports Illustrated's The Inside Read wrote this week that Mauk "appears to be on his way to stardom" and "could make the argument as the league’s top quarterback."
Sep 20 - 10:40 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk "appears to be on his way to stardom" and "could make the argument as the league’s top quarterback," according to Sports Illustrated's The Inside Read.

"This is only my seventh start," Mauk said after Saturday's 38-10 demolition of Central Florida. "I don’t think people really see that because I played so much last year. We’re going to get better." He’s thrown for 647 yards and 12 touchdowns against three interceptions during Mizzou's 3-0 start. Mauk has "been compared to another former SEC quarterback, Johnny Manziel, because of their dual-threat ability and Mauk’s arrest after wrecking a scooter with two coeds his first week at Missouri in 2012," according to SI. NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last week that Mauk "has crept into the spotlight as one of the most intriguing prospects at the position."
Sep 16 - 5:19 PM

Missouri defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray combined for 3.5 sacks and five tackles for loss in Saturday's 38-10 romp over UCF.

Many expected the Tigers to struggle in 2014 after losing several key contributors -- including stud DEs Michael Sam and Kony Ealy -- but they've raced out to a 3-0 start. If they're going to continue the success when SEC play begins, Golden and Ray are going to have to play like the future high draft picks that many expect them to be. Missouri HC Gary Pinkel told NFL scouts last year that Golden and Ray -- backups at the time -- could be better than starters Sam and Ealy.
Sep 14 - 7:47 PM

Missouri redshirt senior RB Marcus Murphy ran for 94 yards on 15 carries in Saturday's win over UCF.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last month that Murphy "could push for a draft selection" if he has a big season. So far, the counting stats haven't been there; Murphy has rushed for only 204 yards on 37 carries (5.5 YPC) and no touchdowns through three Mizzou wins. It's difficult to draw conclusions, however, because the closest of those victories came by 20 points and the Tigers have been able to yank starters early. "He lacks prototypical size, of course, but uses his naturally low center of gravity to remain balanced and has terrific agility and burst to go along with vision and soft hands," Rang wrote in August.
Sep 14 - 7:34 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk "has crept into the spotlight as one of the most intriguing prospects at the position," according to NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks.

"After teasing the college football world with his talents a season ago while filling in for an injured James Franklin, Mauk has crept into the spotlight as one of the most intriguing prospects at the position," Brooks wrote. The Missouri prospect now has five wins in his last six starts, and the Tigers have embraced his high-risk, high-reward style. Against Toledo last week, the young gunslinger had career-bests in passing yards (325), completions (21) and total touchdowns (six) in Missouri's 49-24 victory over Toledo.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 12 - 2:55 PM


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