Several Tigers dismiss NFL Combine reports
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
A report is circulating that several Missouri players have been invited to the NFL Combine, but thats news to the individual Tigers. Wide receiver LDamian Washington, offensive tackle Justin Britt and cornerback E.J. Gaines all said they havent received a formal invitation.
I havent heard a thing, Washington said. I certainly dont have anything in writing.
Gaines said hes been repeatedly congratulated but doesnt know how to respond.
People keep congratulating me, but I dont know what theyre congratulating me on, Gaines said. I havent gotten anything yet. I havent heard anything yet.
Britt was similarly mum.
Ill say Im going when I get that (official invite), said Britt, who indicated that he didnt expect to hear anything until after the Cotton Bowl anyway.
Defensive end Michael Sam and wide receiver Marcus Lucas also were reportedly invited.
• Missouri has made 38 sacks this season, an average of 2.92 per game, which is tied for 10th in the nation. But Oklahoma State ranks No. 10 in fewest sacks allowed, surrendering only 11.
Something has to give.
Their pass rush is going to be as good as weve seen, probably the best weve seen, Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf said. Their schemes are sound. Theyre well-coached. Theres obviously some good defenses in the Big 12, but as far as strictly rushing the passer this is the best weve faced.
• Oklahoma State senior right guard Parker Graham is from Webb City, Mo., and rooted for Missouri mens basketball.
Whenever Kareem Rush was there, that was my team, Graham said.
Graham considered attending Missouri coming out of high school, but he dropped off Missouris radar when his lead recruiter, Dave Christensen, left for Wyoming.
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