Playing with pain: It’s just part of the game for offensive linemen like Gatti

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk (7) scrambles out of the pocket as offensive lineman Anthony Gatti (70) blocks Central Florida’s Deondre Barnett (43) on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Columbia. (Karen Mitchell, KBIA Sports)

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk (7) scrambles out of the pocket as offensive lineman Anthony Gatti (70) blocks Central Florida’s Deondre Barnett (43) on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Columbia. (Karen Mitchell, KBIA Sports)

Darren Hellwege logoAt perhaps no other position does toughness and the ability to play through pain become part of the game of football than it does with the offensive line. After suffering an ankle injury early in the game against Central Florida, Missouri guard Anthony Gatti continued to play. KBIA’s Darren Hellwege talked with Gatti and other members of the Tiger offensive line about that toughness, and the mindset of playing on the line.

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Saturday Sports: Can Indiana’s defense get it together against Mizzou?

Darren Hellwege logoAs the Tigers prepare to host the Big Ten’s Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday, Darren previews the team with beat writer David Woods, who covers Indiana Football for the Indianapolis Star.

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Mizzou basketball players freshmen Gant, Allen suspended

By The Associated Press

D'Angelo Allen

D’Angelo Allen

Jakeenan Gant

Jakeenan Gant

COLUMBIA — Missouri freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen have been suspended after getting arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor third-degree assault.

Coach Kim Anderson said in a statement that the players would not participate in team activities while the school gathers information.

According to published reports, Michael James Martin was also arrested along with the players after reports of an assault early Sunday.

The 6-foot-8 Gant was Mr. Basketball in Georgia his senior season and was among 21 players selected to participate in USA Basketball’s U18 National Team training camp.

The 6-foot-7 Allen, of Dallas, signed with Missouri soon after Anderson was hired in April.

Missouri RBs Hansbrough, Murphy expected to play, Copelin dismissed

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Running backs Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy are expected to play when No. 18 Missouri hosts Indiana on Saturday.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Hansbrough left the Tigers’ 38-10 win against Central Florida on Saturday on the first play in the fourth quarter after feeling “dizzy.” Murphy didn’t play the final five minutes due to a mild ankle strain.

Pinkel said both players could have re-entered but didn’t because of Missouri’s lead.

The duo has combined for 462 of the team’s 570 yards rushing this season and both are listed atop the depth chart.

Pinkel also announced the dismissal of receiver Levi Copelin for an undisclosed reason. The sophomore was previously suspended for the season after failing an NCAA-administered drug test.

Ray, Missouri defensive line dominate in 38-10 rout

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Photos by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray finished the day with wo sacks and four tackles for loss.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray finished the day with wo sacks and four tackles for loss.

By his own admission, Shane Ray was the chubby kid growing up. The grade school kid who was slow, clumsy — the last pick in schoolyard games.

Things were so bad that Ray quit football all together in fifth grade.

“I hadn’t really bloomed into being an athlete, so I didn’t really want to play,” Ray said during Monday’s media session.

After watching Ray repeatedly terrorize Central Florida quarterback Justin Holman and a number of Knights running backs to the tune of two sacks and four tackles for a loss Saturday at Faurot Field, it’s difficult to imagine a time when Ray wasn’t a dominant force. The Tigers junior defensive end spearheaded a Missouri defensive unit that harassed UCF into four second-half turnovers in No. 20 Missouri’s 38-10 win.

“Shane was everywhere,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said after the game. “I mean (defensive end Markus Golden) certainly did some good things — we had a lot of defensive linemen doing great things — but Shane’s a great player.”

Ray was consistent throughout the game, registering two tackles for a loss in the first half to go along with the two tackles for loss and two sacks he posted during the final 30 minutes of play. But for many of his fellow teammates, Read more of this post

Mizzou get Blitz his 200th win in comeback fashion

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Focus.

That was the key word from Missouri players and coaches. The Tigers roared to a 4-3 win double overtime win over Montana after trailing by two goals late in the second half Friday night.

“We were focused,” said junior defender Candace Johnson. “We’ve been working together. We knew that we could do Read more of this post

What to look for as No. 20 Mizzou hosts Central Florida

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

No. 20 Missouri (2-0) hosts Central Florida (0-1) Saturday at Faurot Field. Here are five things to know before the Tigers and Knights kick off at 11 a.m.

  1. Holman gets nod at QB: Trailing Penn State 10-3 at halftime on Aug. 30, Central Florida coach George O’Leary inserted Justin Holman at quarterback in place of the ineffective Pete DiNovo. The sophomore seized the moment, throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown, in addition to running for two more scores. Holman’s last 6-yard run and the ensuing extra point pushed UCF ahead of Penn State 24-23 with 1:13 remaining in regulation. Nittany Lions kicker Sam Ficken foiled the comeback, though, knocking a 36-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired. Although UCF lost its season opener, they might have found a permanent solution at quarterback. Holman will make the first start of his collegiate career Saturday.
  2. Tigers’ ends dominant: Missouri defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray will welcome the Knights’ newly named starting quarterback to Columbia. Through two games, Golden has racked up five tackles for a loss and 2 ½ sacks while Ray has 3 ½ tackles for a loss and three sacks. After playing in reserve roles last year both men are seemingly living in their opponent’s backfield so far this season.
  3. Round 2: This is just the second time Missouri and UCF have squared off. Missouri narrowly escaped the 2012 matchup with a 21-16 victory at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida. With a win Saturday the Tigers would head into their last non-conference game against Indiana with a perfect slate and have started a season 3-0 for the seventh time in the last nine years.

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Inconsistencies and errors contribute to Missouri’s loss to Saint Louis

Story by Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports
Photos by Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

Emily Thater (2) winds up for a spike as coach Wayne Kreklow and the Missouri bench watch during Missouri’s matchup against Saint Louis University on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri. Thater had 11 kills and led the team in hitting percentage of .333.

Emily Thater (2) winds up for a spike as coach Wayne Kreklow and the Missouri bench watches during Missouri’s matchup against Saint Louis University on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri. Thater had 11 kills and led the team with a hitting percentage of .333.

Missouri’s inconsistencies in maintaining runs and winning sets in Tuesday’s night game against Saint Louis University paints an accurate picture of their fickle season so far.

The Tigers lost to the Saint Louis Billikens 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 11-15) at the Hearnes Center. They are now 4-4 for the season.

Similar to the past six games, the Tigers failed to win the first set, despite an early 17-10 score. The Billikens climbed Read more of this post

Missouri’s Markus Golden shining in starting role

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

It almost looked unfair, the jump defensive end Markus Golden got on Toledo offensive lineman Chase Nelson early in the second quarter of No. 20 Missouri’s 49-24 victory Saturday.

Golden made a beeline for Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely while the Rockets behemoth senior right tackle looked like he Read more of this post

Mizzou football’s Week 3 media day: The performances of Maty Mauk, Markus Golden and Bud Sasser

Story by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

At this weeks session with the media, Brandon Kiley focused on three aspects of Missouri’s game against Toledo: Mauk’s maturation, Golden’s domination and Sasser’s exploitation.

Maty Mauk’s maturation key to Missouri’s offensive success

Quarterback Maty Mauk was named SEC offensive player of the week for his performance against Toledo.

Quarterback Maty Mauk was named SEC offensive player of the week for his performance against Toledo.

Maty Mauk was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Toledo Rockets. Mauk threw for 325 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in the Missouri (2-0) 49-24 win over Toledo (1-1). Those two interceptions could have come back to haunt other quarterbacks but Maty Mauk says his mindset never changed. (Length: 16 seconds)

Mauk bounced back quickly from his mistakes. His six total touchdowns, including one rushing touchdown, were a career high. Mauk said he sees a little bit of Brett Favre in himself and the comparison makes sense — Mauk is a Read more of this post

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