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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#44 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#44 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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  11/21/20 - Jason ShelleyrSr/2022, Missouri State, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  A different quarterback will be starting for Utah State when it travels to Laramie, Wyoming, for a road game against Wyoming this Thursday. That's because Jason Shelley has been dismissed from the team. An official press release was issued Sunday that stated Shelley has been dismissed "for a violation of team rules." USU head coach Frank Maile will not comment on the decision moving forward, the release stated. Shelley started the first four games for the Aggies and completed 51 of 99 passes (51.5 percent) for 420 yards and four touchdowns, vs. two interceptions. The University of Utah transfer also added 68 rushing yards on 33 attempts. - Herald Journal Tribune

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jason ShelleyMissouri State
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  07/15/20 - Jason ShelleyrSr/2022, Missouri State, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The battle to replace Jordan Love as Utah State's starting quarterback is more intriguing than it was a few days ago. That's because the Aggies have added University of Utah transfer Jason Shelley to the 2020 roster. The addition was officially announced by USU on Monday morning, but was first reported by Patrick Kinahan of 1280 the Zone on Saturday. Shelley, who helped lead Utah to its first-ever Pac-12 South title two seasons ago, has two years of eligibility remaining. The former Lone Star (Texas) High School star spent three seasons in Salt Lake City, where he redshirted in 2017.

Shelley elected to enter the transfer portal in February after seeing limited playing time at the QB position in eight games for the Utes this past season. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound dual-threat signal caller was moved to safety prior to Utah's matchup against Texas in the Alamo Bowl. Shelley made one open-field tackle in that game. The grandson of former Utah State safety Phillip Shelley endeared himself to Utah fans during the 2018 campaign when he took over for starting QB Tyler Huntley, who broke his collarbone in a November showdown against Arizona State. Shelley started the final five games of the season and helped propel the Utes to back-to-back-to-back wins over Oregon, Colorado and BYU. The road triumph over Colorado allowed Utah to punch its ticket to the Pac-12 Championship contest. - Herald Journal Tribune


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jason ShelleyMissouri State
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  07/13/20 - Jason ShelleyrSr/2022, Missouri State, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Jason Shelley, once considered a contender to be the University of Utah's starting quarterback, now is the heir apparent to Jordan Love at Utah State. The Aggies announced Monday that Shelley will join the USU program this fall as a junior and is immediately eligible. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound player out of Frisco, Texas, is the grandson of Phillip Shelley, who played safety for the Aggies in the early 1970s. Jason Shelley will likely enter as the frontrunner in what had been a four-man competition to fill the sizable shoes left by Love. One of the most heralded quarterbacks in USU history, Love was drafted and signed by the NFL's Green Bay Packers this spring and is expected to eventually take over for Aaron Rodgers.

Shelley started five games for the Utes in 2018, filling in successfully when starter Tyler Huntley went down in November with a broken collarbone. Shelley led Utah to wins vs. Oregon and at Colorado to help secure the program's first Pac-12 South title. In the regular-season finale, Shelley's 33-yard touchdown run with 1:43 left capped a 21-point fourth quarter as the Utes outlasted BYU, 35-27. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jason ShelleyMissouri 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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