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MIZZOU’S SAM NAMED SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR BY COACHES

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Press Release University of Missouri: 

MizzouFootball senior defensive end Michael Sam (Hitchcock, Texas) has been named theSoutheastern Conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by theleague's 14 head coaches. The First Team All-SEC Tiger defender has turnedheads in 2013 as he currently leads the conference in both sacks (10.5) andtackles-for-loss (18.0) and resides in the top 10 nationally in thosecategories. Sam shares the SEC coaches' honor with Alabama linebacker C.J.Mosley.

 

Samis the first Mizzou player in program history to earn a conference defensiveplayer of the year award from league coaches. Overall, he is the second Tigerto ever win conference defensive player of the year honors, matching formerstandout Jeff Gaylord, who won the Associated Press award in the Big Eight in1981. Sam claimed the AP honor on Tuesday.

 

Samwas recognized three times during the season with weekly SEC awards, twice asthe league's defensive line player of the week (Sept. 28, Oct. 5) and once asits defensive player of the week (Oct. 19). All three weekly awards followedimpressive 3.0-sack performances from Sam (vs. Arkansas State, at Vanderbilt,vs. No. 22 Florida).

 

Samand Mizzou next play in the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, set for Friday,Jan. 3 in Arlington, Texas, at the world-renowned AT&T Stadium. Kickoff forthe game, which will pit the Tigers against former conference foe OklahomaState (10-2, second place in Big 12), is set for 7 p.m. (central time) and willbe televised nationally on FOX.

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