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Missouri senior DE Markus Golden produced two sacks in the school's 29-21 win over Tennessee.

Golden's running mate Shane Ray has received a ton of buzz throughout the season, but evaluators should not overlook Golden. He likely won't be drafted as highly as Ray, however, he offers length and hand use on the edge.
Nov 24 - 11:31 AM

Missouri defensive ends Markus Golden won Walter Camp defensive Player of the Week honors.

Golden dominated Tennessee over the weekend, collecting six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, a fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden is a fringe first-round prospect. If he slips out of the top stanza, he won't last long on Day 2.
Nov 24 - 1:10 AM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray had a sack in Saturday's 34-27 win over Texas A&M.

Ray has either 13 or 14 sacks on the season now, depending on where you're finding your defensive stats. Regardless of where you find the number, the Mizzou edge rusher leads the nation in quarterback drops. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior is a terrifying natural pass-rusher and his athletic versatility should see him drafted in the Top-10, possibly the Top-5, maybe No. 1 overall depending on who's drafting.
Nov 16 - 7:55 PM

Missouri junior RB Russell Hansbrough carried the ball 20 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Texas A&M.

On a day where runners went wild, Hansbrough had one of the most impressive scampers. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior took a toss to the left sideline and broke through three tacklers about ten yards in, before accelerating on to the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown run. This season, Hansbrough has rushed for 790 yards and nine touchdowns on 142 attempts.
Nov 16 - 6:50 PM

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that he thought that Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray deserved consideration from a team drafting first in April.

Ray leads the nation with 13 sacks and his production has caused him to rise on ESPN's boards. Earlier today, Toddy McShay had Ray listed at No. 4 in his rankings. Colleague Kiper is particularly intrigued by Ray's versatility, calling him "scheme versatile." He added that, "Ray has a pass-rushing skill set that plays anywhere, and he's a great athlete." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tiger has quick hands and feet for such a big man.
Nov 13 - 9:30 PM

Missouri sophomore CB Aarion Penton has been suspended following an arrest for suspicion of marijuana possession.

Penton is a starting corner for the Tigers and filled in for now St. Louis Ram EJ Gaines last season. Missouri is off this week, but follow their bye week with Texas A&M and Tennessee.
Nov 8 - 12:02 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray has moved all the way up to No. 4 on Todd McShay's board.

"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 an effective spin move," McShay writes. Ray and Markus Golden combine for possible the best edge rushing duo in the country. Ray is going to test extremely well, and plays a bit like Margus Hunt with a piano dropped on his head (compact). Only Leonard Williams, Marcus Mariota and Randy Gregory rank above Ray in McShay's eyes.
Source: ESPN
Nov 6 - 11:31 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray "explodes off the line with his first step."

Ray has been a rapid riser on draft boards. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior now holds the school record for sacks in a season with 12. McShay specifically pointed out Ray's "quick hands and feet" while also praising his speed. "He's an active and disruptive force against the run, making a lot of plays in pursuit," wrote McShay "but his lean frame and lack of strength limit his effectiveness against the run overall." McShay noted that Ray needed to learn how to convert his speed into power.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 5 - 8:10 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray's "first step quickness and sustained burst off the edge are special."

"Ray is still developing his pass rush sequence and arsenal of moves, but his first step quickness and sustained burst off the edge are special and should have him drafted very early when he decides to enter the NFL Draft," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray set a new Missouri record for sacks in a single season, and passed Michael Sam and Aldon Smith who held the old record with 11.5. The Missouri prospect got his 11th and 12th sack of the season versus Kentucky last Saturday.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 4 - 2:08 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk completed 18-of-32 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

Mauk's two touchdown passes both came in the second quarter, as he three a three-yarder to Bud Sasser and a 26-yarder to Sasser again about ten minutes later. When not throwing to top-target Sasser, Mauk had just 97 yards. Outside of big games against Toledo and Indiana, Mauk has been held under 200 yards in every start this season. There was a lot of intrigue around Mauk, to the point where some analysts were calling him one of the most interesting quarterback prospects in the country, but he has not fulfilled those expectations this season. At this point, he's not an NFL prospect.
Nov 1 - 8:46 PM

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


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