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  06/27/20 - Grant McKinnissSr/2021, Missouri, 6-1, 204 (DS#999 K) + More +

  Missouri is adding a leg to its special teams unit from the SEC East Division. Grant McKinniss, a kicker and punter from Kentucky, will transfer to Mizzou for his final year of eligibility, he announced Friday on Twitter. McKinniss, from Findlay, Ohio, handled kickoffs for Kentucky each of the last two years and was the team's punter as a freshman in 2016 and averaged 39.2 yards per punt. The next year the Wildcats added All-American punter Max Duffy. McKinnis entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month. As UK's kickoff specialist last year, McKinniss ranked seventh in the SEC in touchback percentage at 62.9 percent. Mizzou's Tucker McCann led the league at 64.6 percent. McCann, a senior last season, handled punts, field goals/PATs and kickoffs last season. The Tigers signed high school recruit Harrison Mevis to push for the kicker job in 2020. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#999 K) Sr/2021 K Grant McKinnissMissouri
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  06/23/20 - Larry Rountree IIISr/2021, Missouri, 5-09, 210 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  If you can forget for a moment that COVID-19 still threatens to sabotage the upcoming college football season and instead focus on the storylines that could command attention on the field this fall, Missouri's Larry Rountree III is a strong starting point. The senior running back might be the most important player on new coach Eliah Drinkwitz's 2020 roster. With a quarterback situation in flux and a shortage of established wide receivers and tight ends, Rountree is the closest thing to a sure bet in Drinkwitz's collection of playmakers, especially given the Tigers only had three spring practices before the coronavirus pandemic shut down all team activities three months ago.

With a passing game short on continuity and chemistry, a proven running back of Rountree's caliber is a treasured asset. With 2,748 rushing yards over three seasons, Rountree ranks sixth all time on Mizzou's career rushing list with a strong chance to become the program's most prolific rushing back in team history - by October. Here's the good news for Rountree: In Drinkwitz's brief but successful career calling plays, he's always had a productive, high-volume running back. "Obviously we know the importance of that position and what it means and how it balances," Drinkwitz said, "especially for a new quarterback so that he doesn't have to feel like every play he has to be 100 percent right. He can turn around and hand off to the tailback and he can get you yards." - Post-Dispatch


(DS#6 RB) Sr/2021 RB Larry Rountree IIIMissouri
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  06/21/20 - Keke ChismrSr/2021, Missouri, 6-3, 210 (DS#177 WR) + More +

  The Missouri football team has added another experienced wide receiver through the transfer market. Keke Chism, the leading receiver at Division II Angelo State the last two years, announced on Twitter that he's transferring to Mizzou. He's a grad transfer and will be immediately eligible for the 2020 season, a source confirmed. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound wideout announced earlier in the week he was entering the NCAA transfer portal. He'll have one remaining year of eligibility. Chism, whose first name is Torrian, was a standout football and basketball player in Daingerfield, Texas, before signing to play receiver at Angelo State. He was a first-team selection in the All-Lone Star Conference last year when he caught 60 passes for 878 and six touchdowns, a year after catching 69 passes for 959 and six scores. His 2,221 career receiving yards is sixth all-time at the school. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#177 WR) rSr/2021 WR Keke ChismMissouri
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  06/20/20 - Keke ChismrSr/2021, Missouri, 6-3, 210 (DS#177 WR) + More +

  Conventional wisdom probably told you months ago that Eli Drinkwitz and his staff had called it a wrap on their 2020 recruiting class...until the bat signal went up and a few noticed a seldom seen hashtag these days...#NewZOU20, indicating this wasn't one of the recruits with Mizzou trending in the Crystal Ball, but something out of left field. Que Angelo State (TX) graduate transfer Wide Receiver Keke Chism, and his announcement today of a commitment to Missouri. - RockMNation.com

(DS#177 WR) rSr/2021 WR Keke ChismMissouri
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  06/12/20 - Grant McKinnissSr/2021, Missouri, 6-1, 204 (DS#999 K) + More +

  Kentucky football kickoff specialist Grant Mckinniss is planning to transfer out of the program A UK spokeswoman confirmed the news first reported by Rivals.com Friday. McKinniss arrived at UK ranked as the No. 4 punter in the high school class of 2016, according to Scout.com, but he only started at punter for one season. As a freshman, he averaged 39.2 yards per punt. He lost the starting punting job before the 2017 season to Australian Matt Panton, a graduate transfer and ended up redshirting.

Panton's success led UK to recruit former professional Australian Rules Football Player Max Duffy, who has held down the starting punting job the last two seasons and won the Ray Guy Award as college football's best punter in 2019. Duffy has one season of eligibility remaining. With Duffy entrenched at punter, McKinniss used his leg strength as the Wildcats' kickoff specialist the last two seasons, recording touchbacks on 61.7% of his kickoffs in 2019. McKinniss completed his undergraduate degree in December and would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS program as a graduate transfer. - Courier Journal


(DS#999 K) Sr/2021 K Grant McKinnissMissouri
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  05/19/20 - Daniel Parker Jr.Jr/2022, Missouri, 6-4, 260 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Daniel Parker's love of life, his family and his spiritual faith have never been this strong. And a few of his very close friends have wondered why, as the former Examiner Offensive Player of the Year and current University of Missouri tight end nearly lost his right eye to an infection that resulted in four major surgical procedures. After five months of lingering doubt, including two months of dealing with double vision and the type of pain that brought Parker to his knees, the Blue Springs High School graduate regained full vision in the eye last week. "After one of the surgeries, they told me I may not be able to see again," Parker said from his family's apartment in Blue Springs. "They said I might not be able to play football again. "And I put everything in the hands of God. The surgeons had done their job, my family and friends had been praying, and now it was all up to God."

Some of his friends questioned his decision to turn his life over to God, especially since he had been going through hell on earth with all the medical procedures that began one January morning in Blue Springs. "My friends asked, 'How could God let this happen?'" Parker said, as his brother Jackson played a video game across the room and his mother Jennifer sat by her son. "My life was moving a little too fast - a lot too fast - and I think this was God's way of telling me to slow down. "If this wouldn't have happened, I don't really know where my life would be right now. It gave me a chance to look at my life and realize just how blessed I am." - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#999 TE) Jr/2022 TE Daniel Parker Jr.Missouri
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  05/06/20 - Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 235 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  The Tigers have a history of developing talent, and Bolton is the latest example. He was a three-star prospect coming out of high school who has become a five-star player at Missouri. And the transformation has happened rather quickly. Bolton was a consensus All-SEC pick as a sophomore last season after recording a whopping 107 tackles, 7.5 tackles for losses, two interceptions and eight pass break-ups. He's the total package. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  04/26/20 - *Albert OkwuegbunamrJr/2020, Missouri, 6-5, 258 (DS#4 TE) + More +

  In 2017 as a freshman, Albert Okwuegbunam caught 11 touchdown passes from former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. Now, the former Missouri tight end will reunite with Lock in Denver as the Broncos drafted Okwuegbunam in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday. Lock was chosen in the second round of last year's draft by John Elway and Co. "I can't wait to get up there," Okwuegbunam said during a phone call with Elway on Saturday, which the Broncos recorded and posted to their social media accounts. "Man, this is amazing. I can't wait to get back with Drew. It's gonna be great." "We're really excited about you," Elway replied. "You're going to be a great fit for us. We talked to Drew this morning and he loves you to death, so we're thrilled that you're there." Okwuegbunam proved himself to be among the elite tight ends in this draft class when it came to receiving and running. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of any tight end at the NFL Combine in 4.49 seconds. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#4 TE) rJr/2020 TE *Albert OkwuegbunamMissouri
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  03/22/20 - Kelly BryantrSr/2020, Missouri, 6-3, 229 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Bryant rated himself at 100% health at the combine. He took a moment before he ran the 40-yard dash to relax and purely soak in the experience. "This is it. Me being from a small town, Calhoun Falls, South Carolina, this is what all the kids back home and all over dream about - being in a position right here to showcase your abilities across the world," Bryant said. From that moment on, Bryant said his movements felt smooth at the combine and he was pleased with his performance. While in Indianapolis, no team asked Bryant about changing positions, though he's shown elusiveness as a dual-threat quarterback.

Since leaving Columbia, Bryant has worked on playing in an offense that would force him to take snaps from under center, which he rarely did at Missouri or Clemson. He's also worked on the mechanics of his throws, to not just use his arm strength, but his entire body for deeper throws. Bryant was preparing for Missouri's pro day, which would've been this past Tuesday, before its cancellation due to the novel coronavirus. "I wash my hands so much that I can basically see the bone in my hand," Bryant said, adding that the constant use of hand sanitizer is also among his precautions for COVID-19. He's currently working out at D1 Training in Powdersville, South Carolina, with the draft just more than a month away. - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2020 QB Kelly BryantMissouri
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  03/17/20 - Yasir DurantSr/2020, Missouri, 6-6, 331 (DS#19 OT) + More +

  Former Missouri offensive lineman Yasir Durant returned to Columbia a few days ago thinking he was here to participate in the Tigers' pro day. His plans for Tuesday - like most people's - have since changed. The showcase event, set to take place on campus with NFL scouts coming to town to get an up-close look at Durant, Albert Okwuegbunam, Kelly Bryant and other MU football alumni, was canceled late last week due to the novel coronavirus. Gone with it was another chance for Durant, a three-year starter with the Tigers, to raise his stock for the NFL Draft later this year. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Durant said Monday afternoon he was scheduled to participate in position drills at the Missouri pro day along with testing his vertical jump and strength on the bench press.

One reason why the Missouri pro day was important to Durant was improving upon his combine statistics and showing growth to professional scouts. Durant wanted to finish 24 or 25 reps on the bench press to further prove he's ready to contribute at the next level. "Since they shut everything down, I haven't really been going anywhere to train," Durant said. "I've been doing stuff on my own, push-ups, abs and stuff that I can do at my house that can keep me still working. Not so much of all the extra stuff, all the advanced stuff, because I haven't been able to go anywhere." Durant is looking for another gym to continue his pre-draft workouts while also studying online to finish his degree in sports management at Missouri. - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#19 OT) Sr/2020 OT Yasir DurantMissouri
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  02/18/20 - Kelly BryantrSr/2020, Missouri, 6-3, 229 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Kelly Bryant, QB, Missouri,...Bryant was one of the most highly coveted graduate transfers in the off-season, and he was a major recruiting win for Mizzou when he chose to play his last season in a Tiger uniform. Injuries kept Bryant from showing his true abilites during the year, but he still managed to throw for 2,215 yards and 15 touchdowns, while rushing for 242 yards and one score despite not being 100 percent for much of the year. Bryant was outstanding in his Tiger debut, when he threw for a career-best 423 yards at Wyoming, and when he led the team to a five-game win streak, which included three-touchdown passing games against West Virginia and Troy. - Missouri Football

(DS#16 QB) rSr/2020 QB Kelly BryantMissouri
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  02/18/20 - Yasir DurantSr/2020, Missouri, 6-6, 331 (DS#19 OT) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Yasir Durant, OT, Missouri,...Durant was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Tigers, where he made 34 starts from 2017-19. Mizzou went a combined 20-14 in those starts, and the Tiger offensive line was among the nation's best in both 2017 and 2018, paving the way for record-setting offenses. Mizzou led the nation in 2017 in fewest tackles for loss allowed and ranked sixth nationally (first in the SEC) in the same category in 2018. As a junior in 2018, Durant was part of a line that helped the Tigers produce one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the nation. That season, Mizzou was one of only three Power 5 offenses to throw for at least 279 yards per game, while rushing for at least 200 yards per game. - Missouri Football

(DS#19 OT) Sr/2020 OT Yasir DurantMissouri
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  12/09/19 - Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 235 (DS#2 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#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  12/04/19 - Damon HazeltonrSr/2021, Missouri, 6-2, 215 (DS#64 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR - Damon Hazelton, Virginia Tech; 20,...Hazelton missed the first season's first three games due to injury, but has still posted a team-best seven TD catches. The Baltimore native earned All-ACC third-team honors in 2018. He ranks second on the squad with 30 receptions for 506 yards. A transfer from Ball State who sat out the 2017 campaign, he tied a season-high with seven catches at UVA (11/29) for 118 yards, marking his fourth career 100-yard game at Tech. - Virginia Tech Football

(DS#64 WR) rSr/2021 WR Damon HazeltonMissouri
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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#11 C) rJr/2020 C *Trystan Colon-CastilloMissouri
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