A cousin in our family is blood related to both of us, Ealy said.
Ealy said he and Richardson found out shortly before Richardson, a first-round pick in Aprils NFL Draft, left for the pros.
I told him and he was like No way, Ealy said. Then we kind of put two and two together and we were like Damn!
But when asked (jokingly) if he got a portion of Richardsons signing bonus, Ealy who has hopes of playing in the NFL one day turned serious.
No, Im not like that at all, Ealy said. Sheldon, he got a lot of attention drawn his way with a lot of different people coming his way, so like I said, Id never ask anybody (for) that. I want to get my own.Other news and notes from Saturday
Missouri practiced in shoulder pads Saturday at Memorial Stadium, and coachGary Pinkel
was pleased with the appropriate level of physicality his team displayed.
It was good, a little bit more physical, Pinkel said. I thought we practiced smart, very few guys went down. Were trying to make a huge emphasis on staying on our feet.
Pinkel has made a big deal about cutting back the physicality of camp, something he decided to do after the Tigers suffered through an injury-plagued 2012 season.
Theres no magic out there, Pinkel said. Theres going to be injuries, we understand that. Were just trying to do the right things to stay healthy. But you still have to be ready to play. Hopefully well get the pads on and get going here.
When Pinkel was asked why his players seemed to have a pep in their step on Saturday, he pointed toward the downright breezy weather overcast and cool as the reason.
This weather here, are you kidding me? This is like heaven, Pinkel said. Its so unusual. Its unreal. A couple years ago we did the same running we did out here and it was 107 heat index. Youre telling me there wasnt a difference? So thats why theyve got pep in their step. Its so cool out here.
Freshman defensive tackleNate Crawford
was wearing a red non-contact jersey with a strained back, and was apparently none too pleased about it.
Hes one of those guys that when (trainer) Rex (Sharp) brought the injury report to me last night after a team meeting and said that hes going to be in red and miss (practice), he said Now coach, Nates not going to be real happy about this, Pinkel said. Theres a lot of young players that, (when they) get a day off, kind of say and theres nothing wrong with it, just kind of immature a day off, thats pretty good.
But we went through stretch today, and hes at the back of the line in red and I thought he was going to start crying. He wanted to get out and play, he wanted to get out and play. So you love that.Ziggy Hood
was like that. That tells you a lot about him.
Pinkel also heaped praise on the current crop of freshmen, despite the fact two of the highest-rated players in the class running backChase Abbington and junior college safety Duron Singleton
failed to make it into school this fall.
Were really, really pleased with the freshman class, overall, Pinkel said. We like getting them in here and seeing them. We always believe in our evaluation system, and Im really, really, really pleased with this class and the athletes we have.
Pinkel said he texted former starJeremy Maclin the moment he heard Maclin had suffered a season-ending ACL injury
during camp with the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend.
I texted him right away, the minute I heard it, Pinkel said. Hes such a great kid. You talk about leading by example...he has camps for kids, he comes back to Mizzou and talks to our players all the time.
"I just told him youre going to overcome this, youre a great athlete. In his head, hes so determined and mature. Hell overcome it, he will.
Pinkel was asked about seniorBrayden Burnett
s surprisingly expansive beard, and he couldnt help but take a playful swipe.
Brayden looks like hes 80 years old with that beard, Pinkel said.Injury report
In addition to Crawford, freshman defensive tackleA.J. Logan (knee) and freshman offensive tackle Harnett Gill
(foot) were wearing red non-contact jerseys.Video of the day