Missouri sophomore defensive end Kony Ealy is getting better week by week. Going into the game this week at Tennessee, Ealy has 27 total tackles this season, including 8 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He is also tied with corner back E.J. Gaines for the team lead in pass break ups, with 6 PBUs.
The 6'5" long-armed Ealy has been knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage in practice since he first arrived at Missouri. This spring and fall, it seemed that Ealy would knock at least one pass down every day. This season, he's brought that skill to game day.
"It's mostly good timing," explained Ealy, talking about knocking passes down. "I have a decent vertical. I try to use that to my advantage, anything that I can do to help the team."
Ealy has also done a good job in the run game.
"I'm using my hands more," explained Ealy. "Coach (Kul) emphasized just playing with our hands more."
is getting better every week, but the best is yet to come. He's had back to back games in which he has played better than ever. But he was quick to point out to me that he has not played his best, yet.
"I have not played my best, yet," said Ealy.
I asked him how good can he be?
"It's unlimited," replied Ealy.