Missouri defensive end Shane Ray is receiving a lot of midseason love.
So, while the shine came off the Tigers’ season in recent weeks with losses against Indiana and Georgia, the program’s first shutout defeat in 12 seasons, Ray’s star hasn’t dimmed.
He has a tackle for a loss in each Missouri game this season and leads the SEC in sacks (eight) and tackles for a loss (12 1/2).
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Ray, who has recorded a sack in every game except against Georgia, is tied for third nationally in sacks and ranks second in tackles for a loss.
He was the only Missouri player selected for ESPN’s midseason all-conference team.
Ray was one of nine SEC players selected for NFL.com’s midseason All-American team along with Georgia running back Todd Gurley, South Carolina guard A.J. Cann, Texas A&M guard Jarvis Harrison, Auburn center Reese Dismukes, linebacker Benardrick McKinney and three Alabama players — fullback Jalston Fowler, wide receiver Amari Cooper and safety Landon Collins.
Ray is ranked No. 26 on NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang’s Big Board, which rather interestingly also includes former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham at No. 13.