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Jared Perry cleared for Texas Bowl participation

December 28, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Jared Perry can play against Navy (From

According to the MU athletic department, Missouri WR Jared Perry is healthy enough to play in Thursday’s Texas Bowl game against Navy. Perry has been practicing with the rest of the team.

Perry hurt his knee Nov. 14 against Kansas State and missed the rest of the regular season. He spent some time on crutches while the team prepared for its final games against Iowa State and Kansas. Pinkel said at the time that Perry’s progress would be evaluated during December.

This is great news for MU and the senior from La Marque, Texas, a town just 45 minutes from Houston. Perry, who started every game this year up until his injury, has 46 catches for 696 yards and 6 touchdowns this year (second on the team in every category behind Danario Alexander).


Mizzou’s All-Big 12 honorees

December 1, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Here are the Big 12 honorees for Missouri for the 2009 season. (MU Rank) unless otherwise noted.


Danario Alexander

– WR Danario Alexander (Sr.) – 107 catches, 1644 yards, 137 yd. average (1st NCAA), 13 TDs (led all MU receivers in each category), team captain

– LB Sean Weatherspoon (Sr.) – 104 tackles (1st), 14 for loss (2nd), 4.5 sacks (2nd), team captain

– K Grant Ressel (Soph.) – 38 for 38 on extra points, 24 for 25 on field goals, hit game-winner against Kansas in final seconds



Kurtis Gregory

– OL Kurtis Gregory (Sr.) – started all games past two years, repeat 2nd team selection, team captain


– DT Jaron Baston (Sr.) – 23 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, 12 starts, team captain


– DE Aldon Smith (Fr.) – 59 tackles (5th, best on D-Line), 11 sacks (1st), 18.5 tackles for loss (1st)


Alexander more noticeable on field than off – Sam Wilson

Alexander can be compared to the greats – Robert Mays

Weatherspoon has great personality – Robert Mays

Ressel didn’t waste time – Sam Wilson

Gregory is a valuable leader – Craig Thomas

Baston rebounded to become a leader – Robert Mays

Smith had to wait for opportunity – Craig Thomas


POSTGAME: Border Showdown

November 29, 2009

By Craig Thomas

You already know Missouri beat Kansas yesterday 41-39. Hopefully you got a chance to be there or watch the game on television. Here are some notes from the athletic department and elsewhere:

– Grant Ressel’s memorable field goal was MU’s first last-second field goal while down to win a game since 1972. The Tigers trailed by one until Ressel knocked it through with no time on the clock.

– Danario Alexander is the No. 1 statistical receiver in the country right now. He is averaging 137 yards receiving per game. As Robert points out in his story this morning, Alexander has broken all of Jeremy Maclin’s single-season records from last year.

– The 80 total points were the most scored since KU beat MU 53-29 in November 1991 in Lawrence.

– KU wore helmets with the Jayhawk logo on them for the first time since 1991. Meanwhile, one MU player said he liked the light feel of the Nike Pro Combat uniforms. Players will now keep that equipment for themselves.

KU fans sound off on Mangino. Of course, Sam talked to fans BEFORE the loss.

– Oklahoma State lost to OU yesterday, which probably didn’t help Missouri’s bowl outlook. The Cowboys will surely not be picked by a BCS bowl and would therefore slip into the regular Big 12 list.

– Props to the KC Star copy editor or whoever gave Mike DeArmond’s game story the title “Ressel Mania”. Good stuff.


Jared Perry out for season

November 16, 2009

By Craig Thomas


Jared Perry

Mizzou’s Jared Perry, a senior wide receiver, will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his right leg. Perry got hurt in the second quarter Saturday against Kansas State.

According to the athletic department, it’s possible he could return for a bowl game depending on his recovery and when Missouri plays.

Perry has contributed heavily to the Missouri offense in his four years in Columbia. He ranks 7th in touchdown catches (13) and 8th in receiving yards (1,844) at Mizzou. He is 9th overall in catches with 137.

Sophomore Jerrell Jackson is now No. 1 on the depth chart at WR along with Danario Alexander and Wes Kemp.


Postgame notes (MU 38-12)

November 14, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Missouri beat Kansas State this afternoon 38-12. The Tigers are now bowl eligible with six wins.

– Danario Alexander was the primary star again today. He had ten catches for 200 yards, including an incredible touchdown reception while double-covered and an 80-yard score in the third quarter.

– Blaine Gabbert had another good statistical game. He threw 20 completions on 27 attempts for 298 yards and three touchdowns (all to Alexander).

– Mizzou did not turn the ball over today.

– Though the rushing totals are still low, Derrick Washington looked better tallying 68 yards on 13 carries, which led the team. Interestingly, WR Jerrell Jackson had three carries for 24 yards.

– Jarrell Harrison made his first interception as a Tiger. He picked off Kansas State quarterback Grant Gregory in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 27 yards.

– Missouri beat Kansas State for the fourth straight year.

– The Tigers kept themselves in contention for the Big 12 North race, but will be knocked out if Nebraska beats Kansas tonight.


Postgames notes – Tigers cruise over Furman

September 20, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Missouri clearly overmatched Furman athletically, and after starting somewhat slow, the Tigers picked it up in a hurry, scoring twice in the first quarter and four more times before halftime. Mizzou (3-0) won 52-12 and will play at Nevada on Friday night.

– The game’s primary highlight was a lateral from Blaine Gabbert to Danario Alexander, who threw downfield to a wide open Jared Perry for the game’s first score. It was Alexander’s first TD pass.

– Gabbert overthrew receivers early, but later was more accurate and finished 17-25 for 256 yards and three TD’s. He also ran for a 40-yard touchdown. He didn’t play much of the second half.

– Kendial Lawrence was the leading rusher this week with 77 yards on ten carries. He got some carries late as Missouri chose to run the ball often with a big lead.

– Perry overall had a huge day, with 7 catches for 161 yards.

– DT Jacquies Smith returned an interception for a 43-yard touchdown late in the first half.

Missouri’s attendance was 61,617. However, many left by halftime and the crowd was sparse by the game’s end.

There are four undefeated teams in the Big 12. Texas A&M is 2-0. Kansas, Missouri, and Texas are each 3-0.


Postgame notes – Tigers escape

September 13, 2009

By Craig Thomas

It was a close call for Mizzou – the Tigers win 27-20. Bowling Green led 20-6 in the third quarter. Here are some notes from the game.

1st Half – Blaine Gabbert 10-21 for 44 yds

2nd Half – Gabbert 10-12 for 128 yards, 2 TDs

Sean Weatherspoon had 14 tackles. That’s the most he’s had since also getting 14 against Baylor on Nov. 1 of last year.

Four Bowling Green receivers caught at least five passes. Only Danario Alexander and Jared Perry caught more than two.

Grant Ressel is off to a great start. He hit both field goals (38 and 46 yards) and all three extra point tries Saturday. He also hit all his kicks against Illinois.

Bowling Green was penalized eight times for 99 yards. Missouri was penalized four times for 45 yards.

Missouri’s official attendance was 65,401. That ranked fifth this week in the Big 12 behind Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. It was the Tigers’ highest home opening attendance since before Faurot Field was downsized in the 1990s.