When he was in high school, at New Madrid County Central, ShowMeMizzou.com publisher, JP Rock identified Missouri freshman DE Kony Ealy 6'5" 244 as the top prospect in the state of Missouri for 2010. Ealy signed with the Tigers last February, and has been on a rapid ascent since his arrival at Missouri in June. From all reports, Ealy has been a standout on the scout team this fall.
Recently, Ealy took time to visit with ShowMeMizzou, and he talked about the opportunity to get off of the scout team, and practice with the Missouri defense during the early bowl practices.
"It feels good to get out here and go full speed," said Ealy. "And, show the coaches what we've improved on. You know, going against better competition. Just getting better at each step."
"Being a better teammate," replied Ealy, answering my question about what he's improved upon. "Coming in, and playing with other guys of my ability. Playing beside guys that I can count on, and they can count on me. Knowing the plays. Trying to earn the coaches' trust. And, just getting bigger, faster, and stronger."
Ealy appears to be focused on the process of becoming the best player he can be. He's explosive off of the ball, and plays very fast. Yet, Ealy preferred to talk about working on, and improving, his technique.
"That's all Coach Kul teaches," explained Ealy. "Technique, technique, technique, in practice. He's just going to push you. Technique can make a fool out of fast."
Ealy has already developed a reputation among his teammates for being a hard worker, and a quick study. Ealy is not only uber-talented, but it appears that he is also very coach-able, and a hard worker. I asked him about his goals for the off-season workouts, and spring ball.
"Make correct (practice) habits," replied Ealy. "I'm telling you."
Here's what one of Ealy's teammates, one of the guys who has to go against him, had to say about the freshman defensive end.
"Kony's the most improved defensive lineman," said freshman offensive lineman, Mitch Morse, speaking of Kony Ealy. "He came out here, and he's gotten a lot stronger, a lot bigger, and a lot quicker. He's always working....................... He's got a motor!"
Ealy said the he'll "probably have about a 3.0" GPA for the first semester, and that he's looking forward to the Insight Bowl experience.