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  06/12/21 - Akayleb EvansrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 188 (DS#62 CB) + More +

  Former Tulsa cornerback Akayleb Evans, top middle, announced his graduate transfer decision Friday night. Pictured, Evans celebrates a sack of Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers in 2020. The crowded pursuit of former Tulsa cornerback Akayleb Evans ended with a victory for Missouri on Friday night. Evans, a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining, announced his commitment to the Tigers on Instagram. Evans previously named Notre Dame, Texas, Texas Tech, Missouri and Jackson State as his top five choices before making his decision. Notre Dame offered Evans a spot on its roster on May 17 and hosted him for a visit last week. But that wasn't enough for the Irish to land Evans and his 23 career starts. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Evans played in 30 games with 73 tackles and 11 pass breakups across four seasons at Tulsa. He played in only three games as a junior in 2019 due to a shoulder injury, but started nine games for the Golden Hurricane last season. - Indianapolis Star/News

(DS#62 CB) rSr/2022 CB Akayleb EvansMissouri
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  06/11/21 - Akayleb EvansrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 188 (DS#62 CB) + More +

  Over the course of 24 hours, Missouri football landed two commitments from the transfer portal who are both eligible to play starting this fall. First to commit was offensive lineman Connor Wood on Thursday, who played for two seasons at FCS-level Montana State, including as an All-American honorable mention in 2019. Soon after Wood's commitment, Missouri head football coach Eli Drinkwitz posted two of his signature MU bat signal tweets, signaling another player was about to enter the Tigers' fold. Around that time, former Tulsa defensive back Akayleb Evans posted on Instagram a 24-hour countdown clock to his commitment. Evans had listed his top-five destinations as Missouri, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas Tech and Jackson State, taking visits with the Fighting Irish and MU since. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#62 CB) rSr/2022 CB Akayleb EvansMissouri
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  06/11/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-09, 200 (DS#18 RB) + More +

  Missouri is in a solid place to transition that production to the presumed No. 1 back, Tyler Badie, who played in a backup role the past three seasons, yet still saw consistent playing time. Badie was second on MU with 242 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 2020, with his skills also being used in the passing game, as well as kickoff returns. Badie, a senior, has a different skill set than Rountree, though they're a similar height and weight. Badie is 1 inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter. Rountree is the more physical runner of the two. He didn't mind plowing through a defender to get the extra yard. Badie prefers to run around you and tire defenders out. While Badie doesn't shy away from contact, he's got a lower center of gravity, making his speed a valuable asset. He's hard to tackle in open space, especially outside the tackles. Badie's overall production at Missouri has been solid. But rushing for 242 yards in 2020 falls short of the 437-yard and 457-yard marks he set in 2018 and 2019, respectively. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#18 RB) Sr/2022 RB Tyler BadieMissouri
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  05/26/21 - Jalen KnoxSr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 195 (DS#26 WR) + More +

  Another former starter has left the Missouri football team and could enter the NCAA transfer portal. Wide receiver Jalen Knox, who had a career renaissance at a new position early last season, is no longer with the team, MU confirmed. Reached Tuesday by the Post-Dispatch, Knox declined to elaborate on his plans only saying that he hasn't made any decisions about his future. Knox saw his role expand last year when he moved to the slot position and finished with a career-best 31 catches for 305 yards, plus another 95 rushing yards on 12 attempts. He missed the final game of the season with a leg injury and didn't take part in spring practices while recovering from offseason surgery. In three years at Mizzou, Knox caught 77 passes for 1,031 yards and four scores. His 77 career receptions are more than any returning player on the current roster. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#26 WR) Sr/2022 WR Jalen KnoxMissouri
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  05/25/21 - Jarvis WareSr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Missouri has lost another cornerback to the NCAA transfer portal. Jarvis Ware, who played in 28 games the last three years and made 15 starts over the last two seasons, entered the portal on Monday, he confirmed. As of Monday, he had not scheduled any recruiting visits, he said. Ware missed all of spring practices while recovering from a knee injury while living at his home in Apopka, Florida. Ware returned an interception for a touchdown at Florida last fall, the team's only interception by a cornerback over the last two seasons. Last month, newly arrived cornerback Jadarrius Perkins entered the portal and has since committed to Florida. Perkins came to Mizzou in January from junior college and was expected to compete for a starting job. The Tigers have one returning starting cornerback on the roster, Ennis Rakestraw Jr., who started all 10 games as a freshman last season. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#999 CB) Sr/2022 CB Jarvis WareMissouri
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  05/04/21 - Larry Rountree IIISr/2021, Missouri, 5-11, 211 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  Saturday was never in the plans for Larry Rountree III. Once a three-star football prospect from North Carolina, Rountree came to Missouri with a simple set of goals, none of which included the NFL draft. "My mom and dad, they were just trying to get me into college. The NFL was not a dream," he said Saturday. "It was, 'OK, get in college, get your degree, do what you're supposed to do, take care of your business and don't embarrass our name.' That was the goal. So, this is just a blessing." Four years and nearly 4,000 rushing yards later, Rountree became Mizzou's final NFL draft pick of the weekend, going to the Los Angeles Chargers in the sixth round. Earlier Saturday, three Mizzou teammates heard their names called during the final day of the draft, bringing MU's three-day total to five, the program's biggest draft class since 2015. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#13 RB) Sr/2021 RB Larry Rountree IIIMissouri
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  05/02/21 - *Nick BoltonJr/2021, Missouri, 5-11, 237 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Former Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton is staying in the Show-Me State. Bolton was drafted No. 58 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night during the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Tigers' highest-valued 2021 draft prospect was expected by several online projections to be picked either late in the first round or in the early-to-mid range of the second round. "I feel like I can play in the NFL and be a high-caliber player," Bolton said after Missouri's pro day last month. "So it's about proving myself right every day, believing in myself and trying to get myself in the best situation possible." The Frisco, Texas, native's stock took a major jump in 2019, starting beside Cale Garrett for Missouri. A two-interception performance against West Virginia set the table for a phenomenal year. The 5-foot-11, 237-pound Bolton earned first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors after leading the league with 8.9 tackles per game (107 total, 7.5 tackles for loss) and eight pass deflections in 12 games. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2021 ILB *Nick BoltonMissouri
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  05/02/21 - Larry Rountree IIISr/2021, Missouri, 5-11, 211 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  Missouri running back Larry Rountree has found a new home on the West Coast. The Raleigh, North Carolina, native was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday with the No. 198 overall selection in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Rountree finished his Missouri career as the school's all-time leading rusher among running backs with 3,720 yards and 40 touchdowns. Rountree is second on the Tigers' all-time list behind quarterback Brad Smith, who finished with 4,193 rushing yards. "It's crazy because honestly, me coming to college, that (rushing yards record) was never a goal. I never would have thought in a million years that I would be third," Rountree said after passing Brock Olivo for third on the all-time rushing list after Missouri's win over Kentucky in October. "But I knew coming here as long as I ran for my teammates and my mom, then everything will take care of itself."

At the MU pro day in March, Rountree participated in running back drills and also took passes as a wide receiver - a move he hopes helps him stand out among his competition. "I would say I've always been an underdog," Rountree said. "Coming out of high school, I was a two-star. So I've always had a permanent chip on my shoulder...Guys weren't talking about me coming out of high school. Nobody knew about me. That's why it's surprising what I did here at Mizzou. "But still at the end of the day, I can't control how people talk about me. The only thing I can control is how I play...No matter what, if you think another guy's better than me, at the end of the day, I know what I can do. So it's more a fact of how I take it." - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#13 RB) Sr/2021 RB Larry Rountree IIIMissouri
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  04/11/21 - Daniel Parker Jr.Sr/2022, Missouri, 6-4, 245 (DS#49 TE) + More +

  Missouri senior tight end Daniel Parker Jr. was arrested by Columbia police on Wednesday for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket issued last fall. Parker was already serving a two-year probation term for a 2019 misdemeanor traffic violation for operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, according to online court records. Last October, Parker was cited for exceeding the speed limit by 20-25 mph by Columbia police and did not attend scheduled court appearances in January and March, leading to a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was served Wednesday and Parker posted bond for $232. Failure to appear in court is considered a Class A misdemeanor if the matter involves a misdemeanor violation. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#49 TE) Sr/2022 TE Daniel Parker Jr.Missouri
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  03/25/21 - *Nick BoltonJr/2021, Missouri, 5-11, 237 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Of the nine professional hopefuls to compete in the Mizzou Pro Day on Monday, six were on coach Eli Drinkwitz's Missouri football roster this past season. Two others - wide receivers Johnathon Johnson and Jonathan Nance - last played for Missouri in 2019. Joining the eight Tiger alums was Zach Davidson, a former Division II All-American tight end at Central Missouri. Representatives from 29 of the 32 NFL teams converged at the Devine Pavilion to watch on-field drills and the bench press. They made the walk into the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex for other combine-like exercises. Many scouts came to Columbia to get an up-close look at former Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton, a projected first- or second-round NFL Draft selection. Bolton told reporters Monday he's had Zoom meetings with about 75% of league teams.

"I feel like I can play in the NFL and be a high-caliber player," Bolton said. "So it's about proving myself right every day, believing in myself and trying to get myself in the best situation possible." Bolton's on-field workout was led by Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky, who spent several minutes talking with Bolton's family and his agent, Tommy Condon. The Steelers choose at No. 24 and 55 in the draft, set for April 29 to May 1. Bolton's metrics from pro day included 40-yard dash times of 4.59 and 4.60 seconds, as well as 24 reps on the 225-pound bench press. - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2021 ILB *Nick BoltonMissouri
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  03/20/21 - Trajan JeffcoatrJr/2023, Missouri, 6-3, 265 (DS#5 DE) + More +

  Missouri athletics announced this week its intention to welcome full-capacity crowds to Faurot Field for football games this coming fall, returning to a traditional game day atmosphere after a 2020 season altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Saturday's spring game will feel more like 2020 than 2021, however. Second-year coach Eli Drinkwitz and Missouri are set to host their annual spring game at 1 p.m. Saturday, going through a mix of skills, drills and scrimmage. The event will be held with a reduced fan capacity of 6,000, compared to the 62,621 seats Missouri hopes to have available starting with its season opener against Central Michigan on Sept. 4. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#5 DE) rJr/2023 DE Trajan JeffcoatMissouri
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  02/18/21 - Kobie WhitesiderSr/2022, Missouri, 6-1, 300 (DS#22 DT) + More +

  The football team has updated its online roster to reflect the current team. Two position changes from the season finale are now official: Former quarterback Shawn Robinson is now listed as a safety, while wide receiver Kris Abrams-Draine is now a cornerback. Eleven of last year's seniors are back for another year, using the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA: defensive linemen Akial Byers, Chris Turner, Markell Utsey and Kobie Whiteside, linebacker Jamal Brooks, safety Mason Pack, running back Dawson Downing, center Mike Maietti, wide receivers KeKe Chism and Micah Wilson and punter Grant McKinniss. The only 2020 scholarship seniors who elected not to return were running back Larry Rountree III, receiver Damon Hazelton, safeties Tyree Gillespie and Joshuah Bledsoe and defensive end Sci Martin. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#22 DT) rSr/2022 DT Kobie WhitesideMissouri
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  01/19/21 - Blaze AlldredgerSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 220 (DS#17 OLB) + More +

  Missouri football added to its 2021 roster through the transfer portal Monday. The Tigers picked up a commitment from Rice linebacker Blaze Alldredge, who recorded 214 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, six sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 30 career games with the Owls. Alldredge entered the transfer portal Saturday and should have two years of eligibility remaining per NCAA relief despite being a graduate transfer. The Celebration, Florida, native was a first-team All-Conference USA honoree each of the past two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Alldredge was a team captain in 2020. The Tigers had a major hole in the middle of their defense after Nick Bolton declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#17 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Blaze AlldredgeMissouri
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  01/07/21 - Mookie CooperSo/2024, Missouri, 5-09, 195 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Eli Drinkwitz continues to add playmakers to his Missouri offense, most recently landing a familiar name from the NCAA transfer portal. Former Ohio State wide receiver Mookie Cooper, a 2020 four-star recruit from Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis, committed to join the Tigers, Cooper announced Tuesday on social media. Cooper was rated the No. 2 prospect in Missouri in the 2020 recruiting class by Rivals.com when he signed with the Buckeyes and the nation's 58th-ranked player overall. Cooper barely gave Mizzou much consideration at the time and enrolled early at Ohio State last January. One of four highly touted receivers in the Buckeyes' freshman class, Cooper didn't see the field this season and entered the transfer portal last month. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Mookie CooperMissouri
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  01/03/21 - Blaze AlldredgerSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 220 (DS#17 OLB) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB-Blaze Alldredge, Sr., Rice,...Alldredge, who was a repeat selection on the first team, was third in the conference with 9.4 tackles per game and was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Owls 20-0 shutout at No. 15 Marshall. He reached double figures in three of five games, was credited with a tackle for loss in each game and ended the season with a streak of 16 consecutive games with a tackle for loss. - Rice Football

(DS#17 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Blaze AlldredgeMissouri
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