By Emma Moloney
After a largely successful 8-5 campaign for Missouri football, KCOU Sports’ Emma Moloney pays tribute to four contributors on the offensive, defensive and special teams units for the Tigers.
Terry Beckner, Jr.
Once Under-Armour All-American rated as the No. 2 overall recruit by ESPN and No. 1 in the state in 2015, it is no wonder that defensive lineman Terry Beckner, Jr. became such an outstanding asset for the Missouri. Now on his way towards graduation, the East St. Louis, Illinois native will be fondly remembered by Mizzou fans for his immense talent during his time playing at Faurot Field.
Making a huge impact on the defensive line as a true freshman, Beckner started fivegames for the Tigers, racking up 27 tackles (13 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks. Beckner was awarded 2015 First-Team Freshman All-American (FWAA, Sporting News), 2015 Freshman All-SEC (Coaches), and 2015 Team Interior Lineman of the Year. However his season was cut short due to a torn ACL and MCL.
In 2016, Beckner totaled 24 tackles in seven games before injuring his other knee in game seven against Middle Tennessee. Despite another season coming to an early end, Beckner was awarded the 2016 Team Underclassman Leadership Award.
Photo credit- Terry Beckner Jr. (@TBeckner)- Twitter
Returning better than ever, Beckner shone in his first full season with the Tigers. Starting all thirteen games for Mizzou, Beckner’s numbers spoke for themselves with 38 tackles- 11 for loss, seven sacks, and five quarterback pressures. He also recorded a fantastic interception on the goal line against Vanderbilt, returning it for 49 yards and helping clinch Mizzou’s bowl eligbibility in November. The 2017 Team Interior Lineman of the Year winner closed the season by presenting Mizzou Football fans with the news that he would be forgoing his opportunity to enter the NFL Draft and be returning to play his senior season as a Tiger.
In 2018, Beckner racked up 34 tackles (23 solo), 11.0 tackles for loss, and five quarterback hurries in his senior season. A talent that was clearly recognized, Beckner raked up the following five accolades: 2018 Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List, 2018 Preseason All-SEC Second Team (Media), 2018 Team Captain, 2018 Team Mizzou Performance Nutrition Golden Apple Award, and the 2018 Team Aaron O’Neal St. Louis Metro Player of the Year.
Though two seasons were cut short due to injury, Terry Beckner, Jr.’s four years with Mizzou Football have been nothing short of incredible, filled with fantastic play and incredible leadership. Beckner’s presence on the team will undoubtedly be missed and remembered for years to come.
Wide receiver Emanuel Hall, with his great hands and impressive vertical, immediately caught the eye of Mizzou coaches even before arriving at Missouri. Now, the Franklin, Tennessee native is moving on towards graduation, his impressive career as a Tiger coming to an end.
One of only eight true freshmen to see game action his freshman season, Hall’s potential as a game-breaking playmaker earned him valuable playing time early on at Mizzou. Hall tallied eight receptions for 64 yards in the 2015 season.
Hall continued to gain experience his sophomore season, ending the year with 19 catches for 307 yards and a pair of scores. This included stellar performances against West Virginia, Eastern Michigan, Delaware State, and in his home state against Tennessee.
In his junior season, Hall really became a strong asset for the Tigers, taking over a starting spot for the season’s final nine games. He finished the season with an impressive 33 receptions for 817 yards and eight touchdowns, his scores going for an average length of 49.5 yards. Hall’s per catch average of 24.8 on the year earned him a ranking as the best in the SEC and second nationally among all receivers. Though he battled hamstring injuries multiple times throughout the season, Hall lit an offensive spark in the Tiger’s offense that led to many productive and successful outings.
Entering into his senior season, Hall was a well-known name among Tiger fans. He earned a spot on the 2018 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, as well as becoming a member of the 2018 Preseason All-SEC Third Team (Media). These accolades were well-deserved, and Hall recorded back-to-back games of 170 plus receiving yards to open the season- something not Tiger had been done since 2009. Though slowed by a groin injury in the latter part of the season, Hall ultimately posted yet another outstanding season in the books to close out his senior year.
Despite battling injuries, Emanuel Hall proved time-and-again his skill as a wide receiver for the Tigers. A name known well by Mizzou fans, Hall’s offensive presence will surely be missed on Faurot Field for years to come.
A leader both on and off the field, Hall’s speed and size, paired with a desire and drive to play physical and leave everything on the turf, has made him an impressive asset to the Mizzou Football defensive line. The Lithonia, Georgia native is graduating, leaving a great career with the Tigers behind him.
Hall was among good company as he started his time at Mizzou as one of only eight true freshman to take the field during the 2015 season. Recording most of his playing time on special teams, Hall tallied seven tackles on the year, three of which (two solo) were against Georgia on October 17.
With increased playing time during the 2016 season, Hall capitalized on every opportunity. He recorded twenty tackles on the year, twelve of them solo, in ten games, with 2.0 tackles for loss. Hall maintained an impressive level of play throughout the season, tallying five tackles each against West Virginia and LSU and a high of six tackles against Vanderbilt.
During the 2017 season Hall emerged as a defensive leader, taking over the starting role as weakside linebacker. He finished the year with a total of 85 tackles- 12.5 for loss, both of which were the second-best on the team. His skill was unmatched, recording three double-digit tackle games during the season. The first was against Kentucky, followed the next week by Georgia, where Hall had twelve and ten tackles respectively. The final was against Florida where Hall made eleven stops, including a pass breakup and 1.5 tackles for loss. This outstanding performance did not go unnoticed, as Hall earned both a position on the 2017 Second-Team All-SEC (Pro Football Focus) and the 2017 Team Outstanding Underclassmen Leadership Award.
Much like his 2017 season, Hall shone as a defensive player during Mizzou Football’s 2018 season. Recording 69 total tackles on the year, 43 of which were solo, Hall’s statistics once again were second-best on the team. Additionally, Hall led the team in quarterback hurries with seven and continued to impress in his role as an evident leader, earning a title as a 2018 team captain. Hall was also a member of the 2018 Dick Butkus Award preseason watch list, as well as a winner of the 2018 Team Missouri “MO” Award.
Terez Hall’s great instincts and impeccable leadership are just a few of his qualities that will be missed in Mizzou Football’s upcoming seasons. A difficult athlete to replace, it is clear that Hall has left his mark on Faurot Field and in the minds of fans for years to come.
From his freshman year to his senior year, punter Corey Fatony has proven himself to be an extremely valuable asset for Mizzou Football special teams. Now, the charismatic standout is stepping off the field and heading towards graduation, his fantastic career with the Tigers coming to a close.
Named Freshman All-American by Sporting News and USA Today, Fatony’s punting career as a Tiger took off without a hitch. The Franklin, Tennessee native had many highlights during the season, including setting the Mizzou single season record with 81 punts and earning the team’s Special Forces Award which is presented to the top special teams player. Fatony was additionally added to the Ray Guy Award Watch List, an award given to the nation’s top punter, and named the Ray Guy National Player of the Week following an impressive performance against Florida on October 10, 2015. At the end of his freshman season, Fatony earned a spot as a 2015 All-SEC Freshman team honoree after leading all freshman nationally in punting.
That season foreshadowed what was to come. He continued his stellar special teams play into his sophomore season. Finishing 20th in the NCAA and 5th in the SEC for punting, Fatony ended the season with a punting average of 43.8. He found success in nearly every game of the season, including placing three punts inside the opposing 20-yard line in Mizzou’s season opener against West Virginia and a 60 yard season-long punt in Mizzou’s SEC opener against Georgia. In addition to his athletic performance, Fatony proved himself to be successful in the classroom as well, becoming a member of the 2016 and 2017 SEC Academic Honor Rolls- including a 3.7 GPA during football season in Fall 2016.
Arguably his most impressive season, Fatony’s exceptional performance in his junior year earned him a national ranking of 13th overall in punting and a spot as a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. His ability to get hang time and ability to pinpoint directionally kick the ball earned the Tigers a ranking of 13th in the team net punting category as well. Obtaining membership on the 2017 AFCA Good Works Team, Fatony’s statistics were impressive as ever, obtaining an astounding 21 of his kicks falling inside the opposing 20-yard line and achieving a career long 70 yard punt against South Carolina.
Fatony closed his career as a Tiger with yet another outstanding season. Earning a spot on the 2018 Preseason All-SEC First Team (Media), Fatony finished with a season punting average of 43.96, only allowing three touchbacks and punting 22 balls inside the opposing 20-yard line. Fatony was also the recipient of the 2018 Team Mizzou Performance Nutrition FASTER Award.
Corey Fatony’s immense skill and knowledge of the punting game made him an asset that Mizzou Football special teams utilized throughout the entirety of his four year career as a Tiger. Though all of Mizzou wishes him the best in the future, Fatony’s presence at Faurot Field will undoubtedly be missed by all Mizzou Football fans.
Edited by Garrett Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org