For the second time in three weeks, Missouri had a player chosen as the Southeastern Conference’s defensive lineman of the week.
Kony Ealy, a junior defensive end, won the honor Monday for his performance in the Tigers’ 45-28 victory two days earlier against Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
Ealy had a tide-turning 49-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
The Hoosiers trailed 21-14 at the time, but after Ealy pawed a Nate Sudfeld pass out of the air and dashed to the end zone, Missouri’s lead was restored to two touchdowns and the game turned into a rout.
Ealy finished with two pass breakups and added a solo tackle in the win, helping the Tigers tame an Indiana offense that entered play averaging 50 point per game.
Through three games, Ealy has five pass breakups, which ranks in the 30 nationally and is tied for first among all defensive linemen.
Two weeks earlier, Markus Golden won the SEC’s weekly award for defensive linemen when he picked off Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens and returned that interception 70 yards for a score.
With a bye week sandwiched in between, that gives Missouri the SEC defensive line player of the week in back-to-back games.