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Missouri Tigers defensive end Shane Ray is consensus All-American

Missouri's Shane Ray sacked South Dakota State quarterback Jacob Menage during their Aug. 30 game at Faurot Field in Columbia.
Missouri's Shane Ray sacked South Dakota State quarterback Jacob Menage during their Aug. 30 game at Faurot Field in Columbia. AP

Junior defensive end Shane Ray on Wednesday became Missouri football’s 13th consensus All-American.

He was chosen first-team All-American by The Sporting News, the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. Last week, Ray was a first-team selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

To be a consensus All-American, players must receive first-team honors on three of the five All-America lists recognized by the NCAA. Ray missed unanimous status by being a second-team All-America selection by The Associated Press. Ohio State’s Joey Bosa and Clemson’s Vic Beasley were the AP’s first-team defensive ends.

Ray, a Bishop Miege graduate, led the Southeastern Conference with a Missouri single-season record 14 sacks last season and also had 21 tackles for a loss, which is three shy of the program record.

He is MU’s sixth consensus All-American player during coach Gary Pinkel’s tenure, joining former teammate and defensive end Michael Sam (2013), wide receiver/return specialist Jeremy Maclin (2007, 2008) and three tight ends — Martin Rucker (2007), Chase Coffman (2008) and Michael Egnew (2010).

The other MU consensus All-Americans are center Darold Jenkins (1941), end Danny LaRose (1960), defensive backs Johnny Roland (1965) and Roger Wehrli (1968), tight end Kellen Winslow (1978), offensive tackle John Clay (1986) and center Rob Riti (1999).

Ray has yet to make a decision about the possibility of leaving school early for the NFL Draft, but he’s widely considered a first-round pick if he enters the 2015 draft.

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