Mizzou’s Crockett, Frazier Named to Award Watch Lists

Crockett a Pre-Season Candidate for Maxwell Award, Frazier for Bednarik

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Summer is winding down, and it is pre-season watch list time for college football award organizations.  Front and center for Mizzou is a pair of prominent players in the first batch of lists released today, as sophomore RB Damarea Crockett (Little Rock, Ark.) and senior DE Marcell Frazier (Portland, Ore.) have been named to the 2017 pre-season watch lists for the Maxwell and Bednarik awards, respectively.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell's contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

Crockett burst onto the scene in 2016 as a true freshman and developed into one of the top ball carriers in the vaunted Southeastern Conference, as he rushed for an MU freshman-record 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Crockett finished the regular season with a per-game rushing average of 96.5 yards, which was the nation’s top mark among freshmen.  His signature game was a 225-yard, one-touchdown game at Tennessee where he broke the program’s freshman single-game rushing record.  He also had 100-yard outings four other times, including games against Middle Tennessee (156 yards, 4 TDs), Vanderbilt (154 yards, 1 TD), at Florida (145 yards) and against Delaware State (115 yards, 2 TDs).  His four-score game against Middle Tennessee tied Mizzou’s single-game scoring record.

Frazier closed 2016 in strong fashion, and looks to be next in the long line of game-changing rush ends for the #DLineZou tradition.  Frazier was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week on Nov. 28 after sparking Mizzou’s defense in a 28-24 comeback win over Arkansas (Nov. 25), as he ended that game with three quarterback sacks (35 yards) and a quarterback pressure, as part of his four-tackle day.  For the season, Frazier totaled 33 tackles in 12 games (five starts) and was second on the team with his 8.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks.  He also led the Tiger defense in 2016 with two fumble recoveries.

Up next for Mizzou will be its annual appearance at SEC Media Day, with MU’s visit set for 9 a.m.-Noon (central time) on Wednesday, July 12 in Hoover, Ala.


Bears Finalize 2017 Fall Baseball Camp Slate
MSU set to host a pair of skills and showcase camps, two-day pitching and catching clinic at Hammons Field

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State University head coach Keith Guttin announced the Bears' 2017 Fall Baseball Camp schedule Monday, and the MSU coaching staff is now accepting applications for three different clinics to be held at Hammons Field.
MSU's Pitching/Catching Camp is open to grades 7-12 and will be held October 7-8, while the Bears will host a pair of Skills and Showcase Camps, August 12 and September 30, for players entering grades 9-12.
Over the course of the Skills and Showcase Camp, participants will receive instruction in all phases of the game and individual evaluations while having the opportunity to compete head-to-head in up to three games. The Pitching/Catching Camp focuses on the fundamentals of pitching and catching, led by Bears' pitching coach Paul Evans, as well as several area high school coaches and current and former Missouri State professional players.