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MU notebook: Dru Smith earns SEC honor, Maclin to be head football coach at Kirkwood

Eric Blum Kevin Graeler
Columbia Daily Tribune
Missouri's Dru Smith, right, and Alabama's Jahvon Quinerly, left, battle for a loose ball during a game Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Missouri won 68-65.

Missouri men's basketball senior Dru Smith was named the co-Southeastern Conference player of the week, the league announced Monday. 

Smith took home his third weekly honor of the season after he averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists while leading Missouri to a 2-0 record last week.

Mississippi's Devontae Shuler was the other co-recipient. 

Smith is the first Tiger since Jordan Clarkson in 2013-14 to win three SEC player of the week awards in the same campaign. Missouri has totaled four such honors this season, with fellow senior Mark Smith winning the award Dec. 7. The quartet of awards is the most for the Tigers since joining the conference in 2012.

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Dru Smith produced a season-high 26 points to help Missouri past Kentucky for only the second time in program history last Wednesday. The Evansville, Indiana, native recorded a career-high 12 made free throws, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes against the Wildcats. 

On Saturday, the standout netted a game-high 16 points to help the Tigers take down then-No. 10 Alabama. Smith hauled in a season-best eight rebounds and dished out four assists to beat the Crimson Tide. He has reached double-digit scoring in eight consecutive games, with Missouri going 6-2 in that span.

Former Missouri receiver Jeremy Maclin waves to the crowd during a game against Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 14, 2019, at Faurot Field.

Jeremy Maclin to take helm of Kirkwood football

Former Missouri football standout Jeremy Maclin will be the next head football coach at Kirkwood, the St. Louis-area school announced Monday. 

Maclin served as the Pioneers' offensive coordinator the past two seasons. The Kirkwood alum was elected to the school's hall of fame in 2013. 

Maclin was an All-American wide receiver at Missouri during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and spent 10 years playing in the league. 

Maclin's hire is still pending official approval from the Kirkwood school board Feb. 22.  

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"I am deeply honored to be recommended as the next head football coach at Kirkwood High School," Maclin said in a statement. "It is a privilege to return to my alma mater and have an opportunity to share my experiences and perspectives with current and future students at Kirkwood.

"I have been blessed in my life to have mentors and coaches who have had a lasting impact on me. I am grateful for this chance to play such a role in the lives of today's youth to help fulfill their dreams on and off the field."

Mizzou wrestling finishes dual season undefeated

The No. 6 Missouri wrestling team closed out an undefeated dual season Sunday afternoon with a 35-3 victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at the Hearnes Center.

Missouri (10-0, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) went unblemished in its dual schedule for the fourth time in program history.

Connor Brown (125), Keegan O’Toole (165) and Rocky Elam (197) each recorded bonus point victories for the Tigers on Sunday. Three Missouri grapplers notched ranked victories: Allan Hart (141), Jarrett Jacques (157) and Zach Elam (HWT).

Hart, O'Toole, Brock Mauller (149), Peyton Mocco (174) and Rocky Elam all won their bouts to maintain perfect individual records in 2021.

"There were some real good matches today,” Missouri coach Brian Smith said. “Keegan and Rocky really came out to wrestle. They scored a lot of big points and I really liked the way they wrestled. Zach struggled in the period in his match, but produced three takedowns and got the win. That was big for him. 

“On the flip side, there were some matches where I felt like we weren't shooting enough. We can't do that. We're a team that attacks and we have to be better than that.”

Missouri extended its winning streak against MAC competition to 26 straight duals.

The Tigers are scheduled to close the regular season Sunday at the Cowboy Challenge Tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where they will be joined by host No. 5 Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Central Oklahoma.

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