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Three Up, Three Down: Week Four E-mail
Written by Slim   
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 23:31

We examine who’s stock is rising and who’s is falling after Missouri’s win over Miami (OH).

Up Candidates: Kenji Jackson, Kendial Lawrence, Wes Kemp, Jacquies Smith, offensive line, David Yost, Josh Tatum, Jarrell Harrison, Trey Barrow

Down Candidates: Jasper Simmons, attendance, umm?

Three Up:

uparrowgKenji Jackson – Jr. - S

It took about two series before anyone paying any attention to the game probably noticed, “Wow, Kenji is playing a heck of a game.” Even my friend who was on the border of being blackout drunk made that same comment to me at some point in the first quarter. KJ was all over the field leading Mizzou with 13 tackles, two of which were for loss.

uparrowgJacquies Smith – Jr. - DE

All season fans have wondered how Jacquies has managed to stay in the starting lineup. Back-up defensive ends Brad Madison and Michael Sam seemed to consistently be making more plays than Jacquies. Saturday he reminded us all what he can do. He made the fact that Aldon Smith was out with an injury a moot point. Jacquies had his best game of the year recording only three tackles, but 2.5 for loss including 1.5 sacks.

uparrowgWes Kemp – Jr. - WR

He’s alive! A week after going catchless and appearing on our “Three Down,” list, Kemp was actually the target of a Blaine Gabbert pass against Miami (OH). In fact, he had three catches, including a 33-yard touchdown. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come. Missouri can’t survive all season with Egnew and Moe as the team’s only receivers.

Three Down:

Jasper Simmons – Sr. - S

No brainer here. If you hadn’t heard, Simmons was suspended indefinitely this week. Not exactly music to the ears of Mizzou fans who have become all too familiar with that phrase lately. The good news is his suspension is strictly due to a violation of team rules and not something legally related. I’ll go ahead and flame the rumor fires and say that I’ve heard his suspension is alcohol related. Simmons is over 21 years old so I’m not sure how that adds up, but that’s the rumor I heard.

Attendance

Saturday’s Miami (OH) contest was the highest attended game of the year so far. There were 60,329 people there. However, this year’s non-conference home game attendance average was only 57,320. That’s nearly a 10 percent decline from 2009 when Mizzou averaged 63,509 fans for its two non-con home games against Bowling Green and Furman. Tickets still remain for Big 12 play including the Oklahoma homecoming game.

The extra point streak

Until Saturday Missouri hadn’t missed an extra point in five years. The Tigers had made 252 straight extra points and were only 10 away from tying the all-time record held by Syracuse. When Grant Ressel banged a second half PAT off the upright the streak came to an end. Not a great snap or hold, and the kick only missed by a few inches. Ressel redeemed himself by making a 50-yarder later in the game.

 



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