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Michael Sam and E.J. Gaines Voted All-SEC by Coaches

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Defensive lineman Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri Tigers is congratulated by teammates after sacking quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Defensive lineman Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri Tigers is congratulated by teammates after sacking quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Awards keep pouring in for Missouri Tiger football players, as four standouts have earned All-SEC designation by league coaches, as announced today by the Southeastern Conference office.  Senior DE Michael Sam and senior CB E.J. Gaines were named to the first team, while senior LT Justin Britt and junior TB/KR Marcus Murphy (All-Purpose) gained second-team mention.

 

Sam led the SEC in both quarterback sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (18.0), ranking in the top-10 nationally in both categories.  Gaines led the Tigers with four interceptions and ranked third in tackles with 68, despite missing a pair of games midway through the season with a leg injury.

 

Britt was an anchor for an offensive line which paved the way for the Tiger offense to be one of the most improved in the nation in 2013.  Murphy was chosen as an all-purpose back for his stellar work in the return game, as he averaged 22.1 yards per kickoff return and 5.6 yards per punt return.

Mizzou is off from practice this week as they focus on final examinations.  The team will begin bowl preparations next week as they work to ready themselves for the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, set for Jan. 3rd in Arlington, Texas against Oklahoma State.  For more information about the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, please visit the official site of the Cotton Bowl, at http://www.attcottonbowl.com.

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