Mizzou's Kony Ealy named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Kony Ealy has been selected as the Defensive Lineman of the Week by the SEC.

Ealy had perhaps the single biggest individual play of Saturday’s game at Indiana, when, with the Hoosiers driving for a potential tying score right before half, he jumped to knock down a pass on a 3rd-and-3 at the MU 46-yardline with two minutes left.  Instead of just knocking the ball down, however, Ealy got the ball to stick in his mitts, and he raced the other way for a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown.  That staked the Tigers out to a 28-14 lead, and they never looked back the rest of the night, as the Tigers pulled away for the big road win.

The pickoff was the first of Ealy’s career, and he ended the night with 2 total pass break ups overall, while adding one solo tackle as the Tigers held the vaunted Hoosier offense to well below their season averages coming in.

Through three games, Ealy leads the Tiger defense with 4 pass break ups.  According to www.cfbstats.com, Ealy’s 5 passes defended (PBU’s plus INTs) ranks him 26th among all defenders nationally, and tied for first among all defensive linemen.


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