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  12/09/19 - Nick BoltonSo/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 235 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  Missouri reached an agreement Sunday with Eliah Drinkwitz to take over the Tigers' once-proud football program, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press, making Appalachian State's successful coach the second-youngest in a Power Five conference. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract was still being drawn up and the school had not made an announcement. Drinkwitz was also being pursued by SEC rival Arkansas for its head-coaching vacancy.

Tigers athletic director Jim Sterk said he wanted to move swiftly in hiring a replacement for Barry Odom, the former player and assistant coach who went 25-25 in four seasons leading the program. Odom was fired after the Tigers finished an underwhelming 6-6, which would have been good enough for a bowl berth had the school not been slapped with a postseason ban by the NCAA following an incident involving a rogue tutor. - AP College Football


(DS#4 OLB) So/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  Missouri Tigers offensive lineman Trystan Colon-Castillo is leaving college early for the NFL Draft, announcing his decision on Twitter on Tuesday. Colon-Castillo is the third Mizzou player this year who'll declare early for the draft, joining defensive tackle Jordan Elliott and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. All three players had one year of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot-4 center from Webb City, Colon-Castillo was a 2017 SEC All-Freshman team member. He started at center his last 38 games since he took over the starting job as a freshman. - The Kansas City Star

(DS#7 C) rJr/2021 C Trystan Colon-CastilloMissouri
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  12/02/19 - Albert OkwuegbunamrJr/2021, Missouri, 6-5, 255 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  Missouri Tigers tight end Albert Okwuegbunam is headed to the NFL, forgoing his final year of eligibility, he announced on Twitter on Monday. He joins defensive tackle Jordan Elliott as the second Mizzou player who plans to declare early for the NFL Draft. Okwuegbunam, a preseason All-American, broke out during the 2017 season when he caught 11 touchdown passes. A shoulder injury against Florida last season knocked him out for the year, potentially keeping him from leaving for the draft earlier. The 6-foot-5 tight end finished with 26 catches for 306 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. He had a strong start to the season, but struggled down the stretch, much like the Mizzou offense. He also dealt with a shoulder injury that kept him out of the Tennessee game. - The Kansas City Star

(DS#1 TE) rJr/2021 TE Albert OkwuegbunamMissouri
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  12/01/19 - Jordan ElliottrJr/2021, Missouri, 6-3, 315 (DS#6 DT) + More +

  Defensive tackle Jordan Elliott isn't waiting around to see whom Missouri hires as its next football coach. The junior announced Sunday he's making himself available for the NFL draft and won't return to MU for his final season of eligibility. "It has been an amazing three years at Missouri," Elliott posted on Twitter. "I want to thank God for teammates for pushing me and continuously holding me accountable, Coach (Barry) Odom, Coach (Brick) Haley and the staff for molding me and teaching me lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Thank you all for helping me grow as a man and as a player. I am ready for the next chapter in my life and will be declaring for the NFL Draft, foregoing my final season of eligibility."

Elliott, who transferred to Missouri from the University of Texas, is coming off a strong junior season worthy of All-Southeastern Conference honors. The co-captain led the Tigers with 8 1/2 tackles for loss and finished with 44 tackles overall, 2 1/2 sacks, plus six hurries and three pass breakups. - St. Louis Post-Dispatch


(DS#6 DT) rJr/2021 DT Jordan ElliottMissouri
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  11/30/19 - Yasir DurantSr/2020, Missouri, 6-6, 330 (DS#10 OT) + More +

  Missouri fired football coach Barry Odom on Saturday, ending the four-year stay of a respected former player who took over a program in disarray but could never get the Tigers over the hump in the brutal SEC. The Tigers finished 6-6 and 3-5 in the conference after beating Arkansas on Friday. That left Odom with a 25-25 record, a perfectly middling mark after Gary Pinkel's successful run. Athletic director Jim Sterk called the dismissal a "difficult" but "necessary" move. "He and his staff have worked diligently during the past four years," Sterk said in a statement. "Coach Odom has represented our program with integrity and dedicated himself to developing our student-athletes on and off the football field for which we are grateful."

Sterk was expected to speak later in the day at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers were projected to contend for the top of the SEC East this season with the return of several key players and the arrival of high-profile Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant at quarterback. But the season began with a bumbling loss to Wyoming and never really got on track, and the Tigers were forced to beat Arkansas just to become bowl-eligible. Not that winning six games mattered. This past week, the school lost its appeal of NCAA penalties stemming from an incident involving a rogue tutor. That decision left in place postseason bans, recruiting and scholarship restrictions levied against the football, baseball and softball programs. - AP College Football


(DS#10 OT) Sr/2020 OT Yasir DurantMissouri
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  11/29/19 - Taylor PowellrSo/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 210 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Third-string quarterback Taylor Powell came off the bench Friday and led Missouri to three scoring drives and a come-from-behind 24-14 win over Arkansas, snapping the Tigers' five-game losing streak in both teams' season finale. Powell, who had started one game for Missouri earlier in the season for the injured Kelly Bryant, had been relegated behind Connor Bazelak on Friday. Bazelak, in his first career start, left in the second quarter and Powell, a graduate of Fayetteville High School, then led Missouri (6-6, 3-5 SEC) on two go-ahead drives — one in the second quarter and another in the third — to beat his hometown team.

Arkansas (2-10, 0-8), using its fifth starting quarterback of the season, had little luck offensively. Junior Jack Lindsey, who began the season as the fifth-stringer and only earned a scholarship in August, completed just 10 of 26 passes for 75 yards. Two of Lindsey's completions were for touchdowns, both times giving Arkansas the lead. Powell responded by leading a go-ahead field goal drive in the second quarter and a go-ahead touchdown drive in the third. The Tigers' defense, which allowed just 242 yards of total offense, twice snuffed Arkansas drives in Missouri territory in the fourth quarter. Powell finished 8 of 14 for 105 yards with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to former Arkansas wide receiver Jonathan Nance. - AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2022 QB Taylor PowellMissouri
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  10/25/19 - Kelly BryantrSr/2020, Missouri, 6-3, 225 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Former Clemson signal caller Kelly Bryant has thrown for 1,715 yards and five touchdowns for the Tigers this season. He threw for 140 yards against the Commodores and rushed for 72 but aims to bounce back from a third-quarter interception in the end zone along with those sacks. - AP College Football

(DS#7 QB) rSr/2020 QB Kelly BryantMissouri
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  10/15/19 - Yasir DurantSr/2020, Missouri, 6-6, 330 (DS#10 OT) + More +

  OCT 14/WEEK 7 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Yasir Durant, LT, Missouri,...Led a dominant offensive performance as the Tigers rolled to a 38-27 win over Ole Miss on Saturday that improved MU's record to 5-0...Mizzou racked up a season-high 562 yards of total offense, and punted only once in the game...The Tiger offense was very balanced against the Rebels, gaining 329 yards in the air, while also rushing for 233 yards, and averaged an impressive 7.41 yards per snap on the night...Durant and his offensive line mates controlled the line of scrimmage from the start, and the Tigers ended the game with a huge 33:31-to-26:29 advantage in time of possession...The Tigers were called for a season-low two penalties on the night, for 26 yards...Mizzou converted a season-high nine third downs, going 9-of-15 overall (60.0%). - SEC Football

(DS#10 OT) Sr/2020 OT Yasir DurantMissouri
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  10/13/19 - Kelly BryantrSr/2020, Missouri, 6-3, 225 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  One week after an injury scare, Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant looked like his old self in a 38-27 victory over Mississippi on Saturday. Bryant, who was knocked out of last week's win over Troy with a sprained knee, completed 25 of 35 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers (5-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) got great production from running backs Larry Rountree III, Dawson Downing and Tyler Badie. Rountree rushed 21 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Downing, a former walk-on, carried six times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Badie caught three passes for 69 yards and a score.

Mississippi freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee rushed 23 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns and completed 8 of 17 passes for 103 yards and two scores - all that despite splitting snaps with Matt Corral. Elijah Moore caught eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown for Ole Miss (3-4, 2-2). The Rebels left points on the field in the first half. Plumlee's 57-yard touchdown run was called back on an unneeded downfield hold by wide receiver Miles Battle. Just before halftime, coach Matt Luke elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Snoop Conner was stuffed for no gain, and Missouri hung on to a 12-7 halftime lead. - Missouri/AP College Football


(DS#7 QB) rSr/2020 QB Kelly BryantMissouri
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  10/11/19 - Kelly BryantrSr/2020, Missouri, 6-3, 225 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant hurt his knee against Troy, but an MRI exam confirmed that no ligaments were torn. It was classified as a sprain and Bryant said this week he's "90 percent." "I've just been testing out the brace, seeing how I move in it," Bryant said earlier in the week. "But I feel good, feel like I'll be ready to play Saturday." - AP College Football

(DS#7 QB) rSr/2020 QB Kelly BryantMissouri
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  10/07/19 - Cale GarrettSr/2021, Missouri, 6-2, 230 (DS#16 ILB) + More +

  OCT 7/WEEK 6 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cale Garrett, LB, Missouri,...Keyed Mizzou to another dominant defensive performance, as he led the Tigers with six tackles (including three tackles for loss and one quarterback sack) and added two interceptions in Mizzou's 42-10 win over Troy...Grabbed two more interceptions on the day, running the second one back 33 yards for a touchdown - marking the third-straight game Garrett has scored a defensive TD (an MU record)...His first INT came just a half-yard short of another pick-six, as he picked it off on the Troy 27, and was tackled inside the one. Garrett also added a pair of quarterback pressures on the day as the Tigers limited Troy to season lows in total offense, points and passing yardage.

MU held Troy to 30 points below their season average coming in (40.8), 311 yards below their season average in total offense (had 211, averaged 512.5 coming in) and 92 yards below their season average in passing offense (had 150, averaged 342.0 coming in)...Through five games, Garrett now leads the SEC in both tackles (8.4 p/g) and interceptions (4), as well as defensive touchdowns (3). He ranks 4th nationally in interceptions and he's the only player thus far with 2 INT returns for TDs. - SEC Football

(DS#16 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Cale GarrettMissouri
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  10/06/19 - Kelly BryantrSr/2020, Missouri, 6-3, 225 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant went down clutching his left knee late in the first half of a 42-10 victory over Troy on Saturday. Bryant didn't return to the game, but afterward, coach Barry Odom was cautiously optimistic that his quarterback wasn't seriously hurt. "Kelly is getting checked out now, and I'll hopefully find out something later tonight," Odom said. "He was in great spirits, and our docs seemed like it was good news, but I don't want to go there until I get it confirmed."

After he released a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Knox, Bryant was hit low from behind by Troy defensive tackle Travis Sailo. Sailo was penalized for a personal foul on the play. The senior quarterback, a transfer from Clemson, eventually walked to the locker room but didn't return to the game or the sideline. Bryant completed 12 of 19 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns ran for another touchdown. Taylor Powell, a sophomore, took over at quarterback in the second half and completed 6 of 8 passes for 57 yards but didn't guide the Tigers to any points. Jonathan Nance and Albert Okwuegbunam joined Knox with touchdown catches, and Larry Rountree III rushed for a touchdown. Missouri linebacker Cale Garrett intercepted passes on consecutive drives in the second quarter and returned the second one 33 yards for a touchdown. Garrett has scored touchdowns in three straight games. The Tigers, who entered the game ranked third nationally in total defense, held Troy (2-3) to 211 total yards. - Missouri/AP College Football


(DS#7 QB) rSr/2020 QB Kelly BryantMissouri
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  09/23/19 - Cale GarrettSr/2021, Missouri, 6-2, 230 (DS#16 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 23/WEEK 4 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cale Garrett, DB, Missouri,...Led the way in another brilliant defensive outing for Mizzou's much-improved defense, with nine tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown that keyed Mizzou's 34-14 SEC-opening win over South Carolina Saturday in Columbia, Mo....Made a huge heads up play in the first quarter with no score, when he alertly picked up a ball in the South Carolina endzone that had been ruled an incomplete forward pass initially.

After he jumped on the ball, an instant replay review confirmed that the Gamecock quarterback had thrown a backward pass, giving MU a 7-0 lead, and Garrett his second defensive touchdown of the season - matching the pick six interception he ran back 27 yards against West Virginia in week two...The Tiger defense was stout against Carolina on Saturday, allowing just 271 yards of total offense, a week after the Gamecocks rolled up 459 yards against Alabama. Mizzou held Carolina to just 16 rushing yards on 24 attempts, including four sacks on the day...Garrett leads Mizzou with 37 tackles through four games. - SEC Football


(DS#16 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Cale GarrettMissouri
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  09/21/19 - Cale GarrettSr/2021, Missouri, 6-2, 230 (DS#16 ILB) + More +

  Missouri's defense scored the easy way and the hard way as the Tigers beat South Carolina 34-14 on Saturday. Linebacker Cale Garrett recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and safety Ronnell Perkins returned an interception 100 yards for another score for the Tigers (3-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). South Carolina (1-3, 0-2 SEC) managed just 16 rushing yards and freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski committed two costly turnovers. Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant completed 19 of 33 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed 17 times for 77 yards.

The Tigers began the scoring in the first quarter with a bizarre play. Hilinski's pass was batted back to him by Missouri defensive end Chris Turner. Hilinski grabbed the ball and spiked it at his own 1-yard line. Although the officials initially ruled the second throw an incomple - and illegal - forward pass, Garrett scooped up the ball in the end zone. After a video review showed Hilinski's spike went backward, the original call was reversed, it was ruled a fumble and the Tigers were awarded a touchdown. - Missouri/AP College Football


(DS#16 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Cale GarrettMissouri
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  09/15/19 - Larry Rountree IIIJr/2021, Missouri, 5-09, 210 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  After a humbling performance in the season opener, Missouri's defense has taken out its frustration on two straight opponents, including a 50-0 shutout of Southeast Missouri on Saturday night. The Tigers (2-1) held the Redhawks (1-2) to 94 total yards. "Our defense played with good urgency, made things happen and got off the field on third downs, put them in position behind the sticks most of the night, controlled the line of scrimmage and were really aggressive in our coverage," Missouri coach Barry Odom said.

The Tigers were haunted by missed tackles in their season-opening loss at Wyoming. They rebounded by holding West Virginia to just 171 yards and seven points last week before dominating SEMO. For the second straight week, Missouri scored a defensive touchdown. This time, linebacker Cale Garrett intercepted a Daniel Santacaterina pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. That was part of an early all-phases assault by Missouri. The Tigers opened a 27-0 first-quarter lead. In addition to Garrett's score, Larry Rountree III rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, Kelly Bryant floated a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and Richaud Floyd took a punt 71 yards to the end zone. Rountree finished with 142 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Bryant completed 15 of 20 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. - Missouri/AP College Football


(DS#13 RB) Jr/2021 RB Larry Rountree IIIMissouri
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