During the middle of spring football, junior DE Kony Ealy missed significant practice time due to what the Missouri SID described as an “illness in the family”. Ealy returned to practice to finish out the spring, and after the Spring Game, he took time to speak with ShowMeMizzou.com.
One thing that I’ve noticed about the red-shirt junior is an ever-increasing maturity level. As I spoke to him on Faurot Field, I came away with the sense that Kony Ealy has become a grown-up man, and that his time away from football this spring, during which he had taken on grown-up responsibilities in caring for his family, had made his work on the football field even more important to him.
“I had a good spring,” explained Ealy, sounding a little disappointed. “I expect a lot more, but due to some family issues, I didn’t really get all of the work I wanted out of it.”
“Just going off of last year, I’ve got to practice on my double moves,” said Ealy. “I’m trying to apply that to the field more. As we get into the fall, and you see more of me, you should see a lot more sacks. Because, I definitely wasn’t happy with my (sack production) from last year!”
“I’m just going out there this year to have fun,” explained Ealy, who is trying to maintain perspective amid the high expectations he has for himself this year. “
During the spring, Ealy spent quite a bit of time moving around along the defensive line, including playing on the inside in passing situations.
“We take the four best guys and put them out there,” explained Ealy, talking about sophomore DE Shane Ray, who plays on the outside when Ealy moves inside. “Shane’s a starter. He definitely fills that role, of being out there on third down. We want him out there. He makes plays.”
“With Sheldon (Richardson) gone and Brad Madison gone, that’s two big roles we’ve got to fill,” explained Ealy. “I think everybody’s doing a good job stepping up to fill those roles…………………………………… Everybody’s doing their job. As long as everybody’s doing their job, we should be fine.”