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Missouri's Aldon Smith recognized for defensive effort against Illinois

Sunday, September 5, 2010 | 8:08 p.m. CDT

BY Missourian Staff

Missouri's Aldon Smith has picked up where he left off.

After setting the school record for sacks last season, Smith tallied two sacks and ten tackles, including three for a loss, in Tigers' win against Illinois on Saturday.

His performance earned him recognition Sunday as the defensive player of the week by The Walter Camp Football Foundation.

The defensive end's play was key to holding Illinois scoreless in the second half of the game.

Aldon Smith Picked Walter Camp Defender of Week

By Mike DeArmond - Posted on 05 September 2010

Mizzou defensive end Aldon Smith has been selected as the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week.

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I can see that. Smith picked up two sacks in Missouri's 23-13 victory over Illinois. He had another tackle for loss. Given the job of "spying" Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in the second quarter, Smith and three fellow defensive ends - that was often MU's front four allignment - held

Scheelhaase to minus 6 yards rushing in the second half. Offensive Player of the Week

I could also have seen MU corner Carl Gettis get that award. In a little over three minutes of the fourth quarter, Gettis made a one-handed interception, downed a punt at the Illinois one and set Missouri up with a 15-yard punt return when he made the first would-be tackler miss.

Missouri nominated Smith for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, T.J. Moe (13 catches for 101 yards and a TD) as the Offensive Player of the Week and kicker Grant Ressel (two of three field goal tries) for the special teams award.

If Aldon hasa 10+ sack season... Dude has to come out early... He is a 1st round pick... He has bulked up to 265lbs

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Man I'd love to get Aldon Smith on our team - he's probably my favourite player in college football right now. I still don't see him declaring until 2012, but he is going to be very good in this leaugue. I see bits of Julius Peppers and Justin Tuck in Smith.

I dont get why some say they dont see him coming out ... If he has another big year thats back to back big years... Back to back big years prove that he wasnt a fluke... He redshirt his freshman year so technically he is a jr (in age).... The guy has bulked up... I dont see what else college can offer him unless he stays to get an degree.

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I dont get why some say they dont see him coming out ... If he has another big year thats back to back big years... Back to back big years prove that he wasnt a fluke... He redshirt his freshman year so technically he is a jr (in age).... The guy has bulked up... I dont see what else college can offer him unless he stays to get an degree.

Mizzou guys tend to stay for their senior years - you only have to look at Spoon and Moore as recent examples - both would have gone top 20 if they came out after their Jnr year. Either way if he comes out in 2011 or 2012, I want him on this team!

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Mizzou guys tend to stay for their senior years - you only have to look at Spoon and Moore as recent examples - both would have gone top 20 if they came out after their Jr year. Either way if he comes out in 2011 or 2012, I want him on this team!

Spoon wouldnt have been a 1st round pick if he came out early but Moore definitely would have

What about Jeremy Maclin...lol

But yea... I agree.. I want Aldon in a Falcons uni

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Smith has snuck his way up TFY’s draft board, currently sitting tenth overall. If his play continues in such a fashion, and he builds off his 11 sack performance of a year ago, there is no question Aldon Smith can be a legitimate top ten overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft.

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Smith has snuck his way up TFY’s draft board, currently sitting tenth overall. If his play continues in such a fashion, and he builds off his 11 sack performance of a year ago, there is no question Aldon Smith can be a legitimate top ten overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft.

I dont think he will go top 10 but i def think he will go in the 1st round

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Last time I remember Smith he was rail-thin and was being handled in the run game against Colorado. Granted, he does have a pretty impressive speed rush. At the time I was just not wowed...at least first rounder material wowed.

He's still young, however. He's got a ton of upside and reports are that he has bulked up. So that's good.

As far as our need for a 1st round defensive end, I just don't see it. I may be being a bit too optimistic, but Biermann looks phenomenal and Sidbury looks very promising. Do we need a DE, yes. Abraham is getting older, Chauncey Davis hasn't proved anything, Jamaal Anderson is not a DE. A first round DE is not needed IMO, and that's what Smith will be if he continues on his productive path.

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