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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Missouri State
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  MARCH 15 MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CB Montrae Braswell, Missouri State, 6-0, 185, So., Avon Park (Fla.) Avon Park High/Central Michigan,...Braswell was everywhere for Missouri State against South Dakota to help the Bears pull off their first win over a ranked opponent since 2018. His heroics began with a 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter to tie the game and become the fifth Bear in school history to log a 100-yard kick return (first since Deion Holliman at USD in 2015). Eight minutes later, Braswell gave the Bears the lead with a 36-yard "pick six" interception return for a score to give MSU its first lead of the game.

In the second half, Braswell's defensive prowess continued with a two more pivotal plays on South Dakota's final two possessions. His third-down pass break-up as the Coyotes were driving for a potential go-ahead score held USD to a field goal attempt, which the Bears blocked and turned into the game-winning field goal. On South Dakota's last possession, Braswell's third-down tackle with less than five minutes to go forced a USD punt, and the Bears never gave the ball back, ultimately running out the clock for their second MVFC road win of the season. Braswell finished with 6 total tackles, all solos with a pair of passes defended and two touchdowns. - Missouri Valley Conference Football


(DS#999 CB) Jr/2023 CB Montrae BraswellMissouri State
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  03/16/21 - Kyriq McDonaldrSr/2022, Missouri State, 5-11, 202 (DS#34 SS) + More +

  MARCH 15 MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: DB Kyriq McDonald, Missouri State - McDonald led the Missouri State defense in Saturday's win at No. 21 South Dakota with game-highs 8 solo tackles and 11 total stops against the Coyotes. The standout defensive back brought down 5 ball carriers in the second quarter alone and was the team's play stopper on eight different passing plays, in addition to a pair of key third- and fourth-down tackles. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#34 SS) rSr/2022 SS Kyriq McDonaldMissouri State
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  03/01/21 - Kevin EllisJr/2023, Missouri State, 6-3, 241 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  MARCH 1 MISSOURI VALLEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DE Kevin Ellis, Missouri State, 6-4, 241, Jr., Fort Worth (Texas) North Crowley High,...Ellis was everywhere for an MSU defense that allowed just 48 rushing yards on 30 carries at Western Illinois on Saturday. In the final five minutes of the game, Ellis was responsible for two forced turnovers on WIU's last two possessions, snagging a one-handed interception to halt a Leatherneck rally before forcing a fumble and turnover on WIU's final play of the game to secure MSU's victory. Ellis also had a possession-ending sack in the first half and finished the contest with 6 total stops, 5 solo tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2.0 tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble in MSU's first win of the Petrino era. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Kevin EllisMissouri State
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  MARCH 1 MISSOURI VALLEY TOP PERFORMANCES: WR Damoriea Vick, Missouri State - Vick helped set up the game-winning touchdown for the Bears in Saturday's win at Western Illinois with a 74-yard catch-and run late in the fourth quarter. MSU scored on the very next play for Bobby Petrino's first win as Bears head coach. Vick finished with 6 receptions for a career-high 138 receiving yards in the contest. He also set up another MSU score in the third quarter with a 34-yard reception that preceded Jose Pizano's game-tying field goal. Vick also started in his 25th straight game. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 WR) Jr/2023 WR Damoriea VickMissouri State
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  03/01/21 - Jose PizanoSo/2024, Missouri State, 5-07, 221 (DS#999 K) + More +

  MARCH 1 MISSOURI VALLEY TOP PERFORMANCES: PK Jose Pizano, Missouri State - Bears placekicker Jose Pizano converted all three field goal attempts and all three extra point tries to lift the Bears to a 30-24 win at Western Illinois. His 37-yard FG on MSU's opening possession of the third quarter tied the game, 17-17, before he gave the Bears the lead on their first drive of the fourth with a 43-yarder. Finally, his 33-yard attempt with 3:48 to play in the game split the uprights and gave the Bears a six-point cushion in the deciding moments. Pizano extended his string to six straight made field goals on the season and also averaged 51.6 yards on 7 kickoffs. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 K) So/2024 K Jose PizanoMissouri State
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  MARCH 1 MISSOURI VALLEY TOP PERFORMANCES: CB Montrae Braswell, Missouri State - In his first appearance for the Bears, Braswell registered a team-high 6 solo tackles from his defensive back patrol and snagged a key interception late in the second quarter to stop a Western drive. Braswell, a transfer from Central Michigan, was a huge part of MSU's defensive secondary holding the Leathernecks in check with no plays over 28 yards on the afternoon. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2023 CB Montrae BraswellMissouri State
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  Jaden Johnson threw a touchdown pass and Jose Pizano kicked three field goals in the second half to help Missouri State beat Western Illinois 30-24 on Saturday. Pizano's 37-yard field goal tied it a 17 in the third quarter and his 43-yarder made it 20-17 early in the fourth. Tony Tate had a 2-yard touchdown run to give Western Illinois a 24-20 lead. Johnson threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Smith, and Pizano made a 33-yard field goal with 3:48 remaining. On the ensuing series, the Leathernecks drove to their 46, but the drive stalled when Kevin Ellis forced a Henry Ogala fumble and Eric Johnson recovered the ball to seal it for the Bears (1-3, 1-2 Missouri Valley). Johnson was 18-of-28 passing for 278 yards but threw two interceptions. He also fumbled the ball with 6:50 left in the second quarter, and Greg Benton Jr. returned it 75 yards for a touchdown that tied it at 14. - Missouri State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Jaden JohnsonMissouri State
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  Bobby Petrino, a coach with a track record of on-the-field success and off-the-field embarrassments, will be the next coach at Missouri State. The Springfield-based university said Wednesday that Petrino, 58, will be introduced at a news conference Thursday. He will replace Dave Steckel, who was fired last week after winning just 13 games in five seasons. Petrino has a 119-56 record in 14 seasons at Arkansas, Western Kentucky and Louisville. He also spent part of one season coaching the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, where he coached 13 games in 2007 before abruptly resigning. Petrino was 31-9 at Louisville from 2003-06, including an Orange Bowl win after the 2006 season. He left to coach the Falcons, where he failed to last even one season. He resigned with three games remaining to return to college coaching at Arkansas. - AP College Football

(DS#999 TE) Sr/2022 TE Jordan MurrayMissouri State
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  01/09/20 - McNeece EgbimrSr/2020, Missouri State, 5-11, 220 (DS#78 ILB) + More +

  Missouri State is parting ways with coach Dave Steckel, whose teams won just 13 games in five seasons. The school said Thursday a "privately-funded buyout" will pay Steckel up to $340,000 plus moving expenses. He'll get an initial $140,000 payment. Subsequent $100,000 payments in January 2021 and January 2022 will depend on whether Steckel finds a new coaching job, how much he makes and when he is hired. The Bears were 13-42 under Steckel, who previously served as defensive coordinator for Gary Pinkel at Missouri. Missouri State athletic director Kyle Moats and Steckel met Nov. 27 to discuss the program. Moats announced at that time that the university intended to honor Steckel's contract through the 2021 season. Moats said a national search for a new coach will begin immediately. - AP College Football

(DS#78 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB McNeece EgbimMissouri State
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  12/03/19 - McNeece EgbimrSr/2020, Missouri State, 5-11, 220 (DS#78 ILB) + More +

  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB McNeece Egbim, Missouri State,...Egbim brought down a team-high 94 ball carriers in 2019, including 9.5 tackles for loss and a sack from his linebacker position. He led all league defenders in tackles per game (9.9) during conference play and had five double-figure tackle games. The Bears' co-captain averaged 8.5 tackles per game overall which ranks sixth in MVFC and 57th nationally at the end of the regular season. His 336 career tackles ranks 14th on MSU's career list. Egbim was also a 2016 and 2018 All-MVFC honorable mention selection as well as a member of the 2016 MVFC All-Newcomer Team. - Missouri State Football

(DS#78 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB McNeece EgbimMissouri State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LS Chandler Collins, Missouri State,...Collins' presence on special teams often went overlooked, but his consistent and laser-sharp long snaps made him a four-year starter for the Bears and one of the nation's finest at that position in 2019. He posted an exceptional efficiency ratio on punts, PAT's and field goals, recovered a key fumble at Illinois State and was named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America third team earlier this fall. - Missouri State Football

(DS#8 LS) Sr/2020 LS Chandler CollinsMissouri State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Matt McClellan,...McClellan was the Bears' most-feared pass rusher, posting tackles for loss in seven different games his senior year. He finished the 2019 season with 36 total tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He brought down nine ball carriers in the season opener at Northern Arizona and later logged a pair of sacks in the Bears' win at Western Illinois. He finished his two-year career with the Bears with 75 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks in just 22 games. He was also a member of the 2018 MVFC All-Newcomer Team. - Missouri State Football

(DS#167 OLB) Sr/2020 OLB Matt McClellanMissouri State
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  12/03/19 - Peyton HusligSr/2020, Missouri State, 6-2, 204 (DS#82 QB) + More +

  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB Peyton Huslig,...Huslig made 33 consecutive starts to end his career, while his 210.1 passing yards and 20.8 completions per game both ranked second in the Missouri Valley this season. Huslig also ranked fourth in the Valley in total offense with 216.7 yards per game. He finished his MSU career ranked second all-time in total offense (7,465) and touchdown passes (38), while ranking third in Bears' history in completions (553) and passing yardage (6,405). He also posted 12 200-yard passing games and four 100-yard rushing games in his career, while earning All-MVFC honorable mention and MVFC All-Newcomer Team laurels in 2017. - Missouri State Football

(DS#82 QB) Sr/2020 QB Peyton HusligMissouri State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR Tyler Currie,...Currie ranked second in the Valley in receptions per game (4.8), which ranked 65th nationally at the end of the regular season. He led the Bears with 53 receptions for 543 yards and had multiple receptions in 10-of-11 games this year, including season-high 9 catches for 87 yards vs. South Dakota. He was also a 2018 All-MVFC honorable mention selection and ended his career with 95 receptions for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns, all of which ranked among the top 20 receivers in program history. - Missouri State Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2020 WR Tyler CurrieMissouri State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM (COACHES): P Brendan Withrow, Missouri State,...Withrow ranked second in the Valley and 14th nationally in punting average (42.8) and led the league in punting yards (3,208). He was a two-time MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2019 and earned STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 51.6 yards on 7 punts in win at Western Illinois. Withrow also booted 18 punts this season of 50 or more yards and had 21 downed inside the 20-yard line. His career punting average (41.7) ranks third all-time at Missouri State. - Missouri State Football

(DS#36 P) Sr/2020 P Brendan WithrowMissouri State
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