Friday, July 8, 2011

Six MU Tigers Land Watch Lists

Columbia, Mo.. – It’s the offseason for college football, but that doesn’t stop the anticipation for what promises to be another exciting season for the Missouri Tiger program.  The national awards committees undoubtedly agree that Mizzou is poised for big things in 2011, as three more Tigers were unveiled Friday as candidates for prestigious national individual awards.

Junior LB Zaviar Gooden (Pflugerville, Texas) was named Friday to the pre-season watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which goes annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player.  This is the second award watch list that Gooden has been named to, as he previously this week was tabbed for the Bednarik Award watch list, which also goes to the top defender nationally.  Gooden is coming off a breakthrough season when he led the Tigers in tackles as a first-year starter in 2010, with 85.

Joining Gooden on the Nagurski watch list is junior DE Brad Madison (Bethany, Mo.), who enjoyed a breakout year in 2010 as well.  Despite not being a full-time starter, Madison led the Tigers in tackles for loss (11.0) and quarterback sacks (7.5), while earning 2nd-Team All-Big 12 acclaim.  Mizzou and Texas are the only two Big 12 schools with two players on the Nagurski watch list.

Senior OL Dan Hoch (Harlan, Iowa) was also named Friday to the pre-season watch list of the Outland Trophy, which is presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.  Hoch has started 26 consecutive games for the Tigers at right tackle, and earned 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors a year ago.

Mizzou has now had six different players receive mention on pre-season watch lists.  Gooden had earlier this week been named to the Bednarik Award list.  Hoch and Madison join senior TE Michael Egnew (Mackey Award), junior WR T.J. Moe (Biletnikoff Award) and senior PK Grant Ressel (Lou Groza Award) on the pre-season watch lists.

2011 Pre-Season Tiger Award Candidates

Michael Egnew (TE – Sr.)    Mackey Award (Tight End)                 

Zaviar Gooden (LB – Jr.)      Bednarik Award (Defensive Player)

Zaviar Gooden (LB – Jr.)      Nagurski Trophy (Defensive Player)

Dan Hoch (OL – Sr.)               Outland Trophy (Interior Lineman)

Brad Madison (DE – Jr.)       Nagurski Award (Defensive Player)

T.J. Moe (WR – Jr.)                Biletnikoff Award (Wide Receiver) 

Grant Ressel (PK – Sr.)         Lou Groza Award (Placekicker)       

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy to give back: Former Tiger football stars Williams, Temple plan charity events.

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That’s what happened two years ago when a handful of former teammates joined Williams in Springfield for a football camp that attracted about 40 kids from area grade schools.

“To be honest, we just wanted to get the guys back together and have a good time,” he said. “It’s fun to hang out and talk about old times.”

In the course of two years, Williams’ event has followed the same path his waistline took during his time at MU: It’s exploded.

Williams, a captain and first-team All-Big 12 nose tackle on Missouri’s 2007 team, will host the third annual Lorenzo Williams and Friends Charity Weekend in Springfield July 8-9. The weekend includes a celebrity pro-am golf event at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club and a youth football camp at the Lake Country Soccer Complex.

A loaded cast of former MU players is expected to attend both events and serve as camp instructors, including Jeremy Maclin, Sean Weatherspoon, Martin Rucker, Brad Smith, Chase Daniel, Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith. The former players are not paid for their appearance, though sponsors pick up their meals and hotel bills, said Brian Cheever, who helps organize the event.

Williams added the golf outing to last year’s event and 36 teams participated. This year, a second flight was added to the schedule and 51 teams have already secured places in the pro-am.

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