Beatty Co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big 12
What does it take to get conference recognition? Five tackles is all ... as long as one of them causes a fumble which saves your team from a loss.
Colorado senior linebacker B.J. Beatty was named Monday as the co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Oklahoma State defensive end Ugo Chinasa. Against Georgia, Beatty caused Bulldog running back Caleb King to fumble with 1:59 remaining and Georgia already in position to kick a game-winning field goal. "Obviously, that play was huge," said Dan Hawkins in his Big 12 conference call. "Not just the penetration (by Beatty), but I also think him being able to kind of see what was going on ... He has just got a non-stop motor and he just kind of has the ability to dissect things and make great plays."
Missouri moves into the Associated Press poll
Perhaps Missouri should take the rest of the year off ...
Thanks to losses by teams near the bottom of the poll - including USC and Texas - Missouri moved from the ranks of the unranked to No. 24 this week in the Associated Press poll. The Tigers are 4-0 on the season, but had a bye week last week, so the new ranking is thanks to the largess of those teams above them which were kind enough to lose last weekend. Also entering the AP poll this week are No. 22 Oklahoma State, No. 23 Florida State, and No. 25 Air Force.
Missouri is ranked No. 22 in the coaches' poll, up one spot from last week.
Several Tigers out for game against Colorado
Defensive end Aldon Smith will not be available for Missouri when the Tigers host the Buffs on Saturday. Smith suffered a crack in his fibula against San Diego State. "The medical staff said this morning that he will not play," said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel. "He's working very hard. We'll see how it comes out." Smith, as a freshman, had four tackles for loss against Colorado in Boulder last year, including three sacks. Despite playing in only three of the Tigers' four games, Smith leads the team in sacks in 2010, with three.
Also out for the Colorado game is Jimmy Burge, Missouri's top backup at nose tackle. Burge was cited for for drinking alcohol while driving after being stopped by Columbia police on Saturday night. Burge is not listed on the Tigers' depth chart for this weekend's game against the Buffs.
Last week, senior free safety Jasper Simmons was suspended indefinitely for violating undisclosed team policies. The junior college transfer was the fourth-leading tackler for the Tigers last season.
On the Lighter Side ...
I don't know how I missed this ...
Jim Knox, the Fox Sports sideline reporter for the Colorado/Georgia game, decided to see if he could keep pace with Ralphie as she was leading the Buffs out to start the game. Knox was going to race her back to her trailer, but a Ralphie handler had other ideas ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeXc-S9fov8 . CU at the Gamer John L. posted it on YouTube, and I've heard from several of you today about the video. It's very funny!
The weird thing is, I have yet to hear from anyone who was at the game who actually saw it as it happened!
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