Missouri’s stranglehold on the Southeastern Conference’s award for defensive lineman of the week ended Monday, but that doesn’t mean the Tigers went without recognition.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Sophomore linebacker Kentrell Brothers was chosen as the SEC’s defensive player of the week after recording a career-high 10 tackles Saturday during Missouri’s 41-26 victory against No. 7 Georgia at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
Brothers, who registered one tackle for a loss, also intercepted Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray in the closing minute, tying him for the team lead with three interceptions.
The Tigers had won the award for SEC defensive lineman of the week four consecutive games, including back-to-back awards for senior defensive lineman Michael Sam. Markus Golden and Kony Ealy also won the award earlier this season.
Brothers’ award marks the first time a Missouri player won the SEC defensive player of the week award since Kenronte Walker picked up the honor last season after a win against Arizona State.
Missouri senior cornerback E.J. Gaines, who is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and is third with 34 tackles, has a strained quad and is questionable for Saturday’s game against Florida, which kicks off at 11:21 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.
If Gaines, a Fort Osage graduate, can’t play, freshman Aarion Penton and redshirt freshman John Gibson will see increased playing time.
But the 14th-ranked Tigers expect Anthony Gatti, a backup left guard who missed the Georgia game with turf toe, and redshirt freshman linebacker Donavin Newsom, who is primarily a special teams player, to return.
The No. 22 Gators have their own injury issues.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said Monday that Matt Jones was thought to have a knee sprain but instead has a torn meniscus and needed surgery. Jones was averaging 4.3 yards per carry for the Gators, who rank last in the SEC in yards per carry.
Homecoming kickoff set
Missouri’s homecoming game Oct. 26 in Columbia against No. 11 South Carolina will kick off at 6 p.m. and be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2, the SEC announced Monday.
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