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Three Missouri players get SEC All-Freshman honors

Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr.
Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. skeyser@kcstar.com

Three Missouri players were selected Thursday for the SEC’s All-Freshman Football Team.

Defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr., defensive end Walter Brady and punter Corey Fatony were the Tigers’ honorees. Alabama and Texas A&M led the conference with four selections each.

Beckner, a true freshman from East St. Louis, Ill., was limited to 10 games after suffering torn ligaments in his knee on the first defensive snap Nov. 14 against BYU.

He still tied for the Tigers team lead among interior linemen with 27 tackles, including eight for a loss, with three sacks, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Brady, a redshirt freshman from Florence, Ala., tied for the team lead with seven sacks along with sophomore defensive end Charles Harris.

Brady finished second behind Harris among Missouri’s defensive linemen with 40 tackles, including 12  1/2 for a loss, and also had seven hurries, two breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Finally, Fatony set a Missouri record with 81 punts, breaking the old mark of 79 set by Jason Smith in 1995.

He ranked third in the nation, averaging 6.8 punts per game, and his 42.9-yard average was the best among all freshmen and ranked 40th overall.

Fatony, who also handled kickoff duties for Missouri this season, had 21 punts longer than 50 yards and downed 23 inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

Missouri has now had five players on the SEC All-Freshman team, including kicker Andrew Baggett in 2012 and quarterback Maty Mauk in 2013.

Beckner, Brady and Fatony also were announced Thursday as part of USA Today’s Freshman All-America team.

That led the SEC, which placed seven freshman on USA Today’s team.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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