COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri junior DE Shane Ray (Kansas City, Mo.) was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Line Player of the Week for his big game this past Saturday as he helped lead Mizzou to a thrilling 21-20 road comeback win at 13th-ranked South Carolina. Ray won the award, as announced tonight by the league office, after recording a career-high eight tackles (all solo stops), including 2.0 quarterback sacks, which ties his personal best.
This is the second weekly honor that Ray has garnered in what is quickly becoming an award-worthy season. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his 7-tackle performance in a win over UCF on Sept. 13th, which included four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.
Through five games, Ray’s season totals of 8.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss are both tops in the nation. He’s had at least one sack in all five games this season, including a trio of two-sack outings against South Carolina, UCF and Toledo.
This past Saturday, Ray and his defensive mates held a dangerous Gamecock offense to season low totals in several categories, including points (20), yards (338), passing yards (219) and 1st downs (18). The defense was especially stout during crunch time, as the Tiger offense rallied in the final seven minutes of the game. After Carolina took a 20-7 lead with 7:25 to play, the Tiger defense allowed zero yards on the Gamecock’s last two series, which ended in a three-and-out punt, followed by a four-and-out series to end the game.
This marks the third time in 2014 a Tiger has won a weekly conference award. Prior to Ray’s pair of awards, sophomore QB Maty Mauk won the SEC Offensive Player of the Week on September 8th for his play in MU’s win at Toledo.