Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Mobile, AL - The 2012 Senior Bowl Committee selected Missouri Tight End Michael Egnew to show off his skills on Saturday, January 28 in Mobile, Alabama. With 50 catches for 523 yards and three touchdowns in 2011, the first-team All-Big 12 tight end is currently training for the NFL Combine in Arizona. Egnew headed to Mobile last Saturday and enjoyed a bowl banquet next to the USS Alabama Battleship.
Showcasing the best talent in college football, the Senior Bowl brings scouts and coaches from every professional team to meet with the players. Egnew said he met with NFL staff this past Sunday.
“It's an awesome opportunity to come play with other skilled guys and be with the best in the game,” described Egnew about the experience. Egnew is the 57th Missouri Tiger to compete in the Senior Bowl and the fourth tight end, including NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow and current Jacksonville Jaguar Martin Rucker. ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay has Egnew as the fifth tight end expected to be taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Checking in at 6-5, 251 pounds, Egnew will practice four times before Saturday's game. Among Egnew's coaches are Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier and Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave. You can catch Egnew wearing #82 for the North Team at 3:00 (CST) on the NFL Network this Saturday.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
After a successful senior season, Missouri’s Defensive Lineman Dominique Hamilton will compete in the East-West Shrine Game.
Hamilton arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida earlier this week and is dominant in practices. He also had the opportunity to tour a Shriners Hospital for Children and teach them about his experiences with football.
You can catch Hamilton Saturday, January 21, on the NFL Network for a 3:00pm kickoff.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Jackson arrived in Tuscon a week before the game to begin practice. Since he's been in Arizona, the former college football athlete attended a banquet and worked a camp benefiting local children.
You can catch Jackson in the game on Monday, January 16 at 7:00pm central on Fox College Sports Pacific.
By JASON TURBOW
Published: January 13, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In 2001, Justin Smith set the Missouri record for sacks in a season, with 11.
In 2009, Aldon Smith broke it, with 11 ½.
In 2010, Justin Smith led the San Francisco 49ers in sacks, with eight and half.
This season, Aldon Smith topped him again, with 14 — missing the N.F.L.’s rookie record by half a sack.
The pair share a last name and an alma mater. They dress two stalls from each other in San Francisco’s locker room, and spend time together off the field.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - Alex Grinch has joined the University of Missouri football coaching staff as its newest assistant, and will serve as safeties coach, as announced today by MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel. Grinch returns to Mizzou after serving as part of Pinkel's staff from 2002-04 in a graduate assistant role, and after enjoying a very successful run as an assistant coach after leaving MU.
Grinch, who was part of three national championship teams and who was a third-team All-America safety at Mount Union College in his playing days, has spent the last three seasons as secondary coach at Wyoming, where he helped guide the Cowboys to two bowl games in the last three seasons. He coached there on the staff of Dave Christensen, a former assistant under Pinkel at Mizzou.
Three of his players earned post-season honors in 2011, as the Cowboys concluded the 2011 regular season ranked No. 34 in the nation in pass defense, while they ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference and tied for 5th in the NCAA in most turnovers gained (31). The Cowboys were among the most improved teams in the nation in 2011 as they claimed eight wins - up from three the year before, and the most at UW since 1996. At Wyoming, he helped develop free safety Chris Prosinski into an eventual 4th-round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to come back to Mizzou," said Grinch. "I had a chance to be part of the early years here with Coach Pinkel and I knew back then that this program would take off. To have a chance to be here and be part of the move to the SEC makes this a really exciting time. I'm very appreciative to Coach Pinkel and the entire staff for welcoming me back - there's not a staff in the country that I have more respect for. I'm excited to work with a good group of student-athletes, and looking forward to helping move the program forward any way I can," he said.
"Alex will be an outstanding addition to our staff," said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "He brings a lot to the table that our group will benefit from. He's worked hard to become a very successful teacher of the game, and he's someone who will be a great salesman of our program to recruits and families. We're excited that he chose to come back to Mizzou, and we're happy to have him with us," Pinkel said.
Grinch joined the Wyoming staff in December of 2008 after spending four seasons at New Hampshire (2005-08). His first two seasons there, Grinch coached the cornerbacks before being promoted to secondary coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2007-08 seasons. In his four seasons at New Hampshire, the Wildcats won 37 games in four years and advanced to the FCS Quarterfinals three times. They concluded the 2008 season with a 10-2 record and a final ranking of No. 7 in the polls. During his time there, the Wildcats defeated two FBS schools - Northwestern and Marshall.
One of his protégés at New Hampshire, cornerback Corey Graham, went on to become a 5th-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears, and he will be playing in the NFL Pro Bowl this January 29th as a special teams selection.
In his previous time at Mizzou, Grinch was the defensive graduate assistant for the 2003-04 seasons, after serving as administrative graduate assistant in 2002. The Tiger defense ranked second in the Big 12 Conference in total defense in 2004 and led the league that year in pass defense.
Grinch enjoyed an outstanding playing career at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He was a member of three NCAA Division III National Championship teams at Mount Union in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Over his four-year career, Grinch's Mount Union teams posted a 54-1 record and won four consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.
His senior season of 2001, he was named a Third Team All-America safety by D3football.com. He also earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors twice during his career from Don Hansen's National Football Gazette. Not only did he receive All-America honors on the field, but Grinch was a First Team Academic All-Conference selection his senior season.
He completed his bachelor's degree in sports management with a focus in marketing and a minor in business administration from Mount Union in May 2002, and earned a master's degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from Mizzou in December 2004.
Grinch was married to the former Rebecca Blaser of Alliance, Ohio on June 28, 2003. Their first child, son Tyler, was born during the Grinches' first year at Wyoming on Nov. 23, 2009. Their second child, daughter Corbi Elaine Grinch, was born on July 8, 2011.