2017 NFL Draft

Michael Sam, DE

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Hitchcock, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 261 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - Rams make history; now it's time for football...The Rams are accustomed to making history. It may have been 68 years ago, but in 1946, one year before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, the Rams signed the first black player in the so-called modern era, Kenny Washington. There had been blacks in the early years of the game, but they were banned after the 1933 season. The signing of Washington ended a 12-year stretch without black players. Told that fact, Sam said, "The Rams know what the hell they're doing."

Still, there were other opportunities to select Sam since the Rams had two picks in the sixth round and used two earlier seventh-round picks on other players. But as punters and small-college players went off the board, as well as players that the league didn't even have information on, and Sam's name wasn't being called, head coach Jeff Fisher believed it was time. A few picks before they would use their final two choices in the draft, Fisher had conversations with chief operating officer Kevin Demoff and owner Stan Kroenke and the decision was made along with general manager Les Snead. Said Fisher, "From a historic standpoint, I'm honored to be a part of that as Les and Kevin and Mr. Kroenke are. Again, Michael's a good football player and you guys would know if you paid much attention to the response by some of his new teammates, but they're pretty excited to have him in the building. "It was the right thing to do at the right time." Still, the Rams didn't select Sam for the positive headlines it would generate. They believe, even within a very competitive position group, that Sam can help make it better. Yes, as Sam knows, aside from the obvious storyline, whatever happens on the field will be all up to him. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Rams make history; now it's time for football...In a conference call with St. Louis media, Sam sounded like he wanted to jump through the phone line and begin playing immediately. "Let me tell you something," he said. "If we were playing the Vikings (the Rams' first opponent) right now I would probably have three sacks the first game." Had the Rams not drafted Sam, they would have tried to sign him as a free agent, but there would have been competition from other teams. As for other teams with interest, Sam became animated. "It doesn't matter who was talking to me," he said. "They didn't have the (guts) that St. Louis had. I'm telling you, no one had the (guts) that St. Louis has and I'm proud to give everything I've got to St. Louis. So many people are proud of the St. Louis organization for being the one to make history."

While believing he should have been selected no later than the third round, he wouldn't speculate whether his sexuality concerned teams. Said Sam, "Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know. They saw Michael Sam's name and they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board until the end. They picked me in the late seventh round and I feel like I'm (Jadeveon) Clowney being the first pick in the draft, so I'm proud of where I am now." As are many others. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Rams make history; now it's time for football...He wants it to be only about football, but deep down Michael Sam realizes that simply isn't the case. During and after the draft, networks don't have massive analysis and reaction for seventh-round picks, much less one that was selected only seven choices before the 256th and final pick, which has been dubbed Mr. Irrelevant. ESPN doesn't turn on the cameras to catch a player accepting a call from a head coach when there have been 248 players already taken, and then watch the emotion that ensued. Maybe one day it will be only about football, assuming he is good enough to play in the NFL, but for now, defensive end Michael Sam knows the attention and sponsorships have been there because of his February announcement that he is gay.

When the St. Louis Rams exercised that pick on him late Saturday afternoon, history was made and for good reason. He admitted after being drafted, "You know what? I knew what I was coming into." But he became pragmatic, knowing that being the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team is only the start. It won't mean much if he doesn't play well enough to make a 53-man roster. He said, "Are there going to be idiots out there who say some stupid stuff? Yeah. I'm not worried about that. I'm worrying about the guy next to me, the guy in front of me. I have to prove myself. I've got to make sure the vets know that I'm a team player and I love this game. I want to show the coaches that I'm a team player and I'm a hard-working guy, and that what I do on the field will determine how great Michael Sam will be. "Can Michael Sam play football? Yes, I can. The St. Louis Rams know I can and I'm going to give everything I've got to the St. Louis Rams to help the Rams win a championship." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 7/249 - Michael Sam, DE, 6-2, 261, Missouri...Sam doesn't have outstanding measureables, but all he does is produce. The co-Defensive Player of the Year last season in the SEC, he had 11.5 sacks, nine pressures and 19 tackles for loss. The Rams intend to use him as a designated pass rusher in the varied packages employed by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He has become a trailblazer for being the first openly gay player in the NFL, but he knows the ultimate judgment will be on his football prowess. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Rams make history; now it's time for football...Said Fisher, "That's a football player with ability that you just can't pass up. He's very versatile. He's got good get-off. He's got good hand use. He's a relentless player. He's a chase guy. How many tackles for loss? I think it was 19 tackles for loss, a big part of their success." Added Snead, "Eleven-and-a-half sacks, probably nine pressures. Screams off the edge." He will be competing with a group that includes Robert Quinn, Chris Long, William Hayes and Eugene Sims. But Sam is ready. He said, "I am a pass rusher. I sack quarterbacks - that's my main job. I want to get better with the D-line coach (Mike Waufle) and the defensive coordinator (Gregg Williams). That's my job. We'll probably have the most quarterback sacks in the NFL next season." Last season, the Rams were third in the NFL with 53 sacks.

Fisher said, "We're going to have the ability to package things up with him and take advantage of his athletic ability." Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis was asked about Sam fitting in with a talented and diverse defensive line. He said, "I do think we're getting an extremely productive guy that's going to come in and work hard. I think he's going to want to prove himself and we're excited about that. I think from the reaction you've seen from people on our team on Twitter and all that, I think it just shows we've got a group of guys that all we care about is, hey, if you can come in and help this football team and win football games and get to where we want to go, I think that answer is definitely yes." - The Sports Xchange

05/11/2014 - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said they didn't consider Michael Sam in the draft because they considered Michael Sam a "tweener" who didn't quite fit either as an outside linebacker or a defensive end for them. But Jones said he is glad the openly gay player was drafted. "I was happy for him, and I was happy to see him drafted," Jones said. "I don't know what that means, but I was happy to see him drafted because it just shouldn't be an issue. It shouldn't be an issue that we made of that." - The Sports Xchange

05/07/2014 - Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was named the Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner. The honor goes to athletes or contributors who transcend sports. Sam will receive the award at the the 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16. Sam was SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year. He announced in February that he is gay, making him set to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. ESPN said in a statement it is honoring Sam for "his courage and honesty that resonates beyond sports." "I'm very honored to be presented with the Arthur Ashe award," he said. "It is about courage. You know I don't think there is anything courageous I did. I look forward to when we can live life in a world when gays don't have to come out in public."

Sam is one of eight children from a family raised in Hitchcock, Texas. Two of his siblings died and a third disappeared and has not been found. Ashe was a pro tennis star but died in 1993 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion. "Arthur always believed in and practiced leading by example," said Ashe's widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. "When Michael Sam announced that he is gay, he courageously stepped forward to engage an issue that still remains a pervasive problem in many professional sports. Michael has displayed true leadership both on and off the field." - The Sports Xchange

04/03/2014 - Week 3 Pro Days takeaways: Michael Sam shows improvement...3. Since coming out on February 9, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has become one of the biggest storylines of the 2014 draft. Nearly a month and a half later, the co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year also demonstrated that he is one of the most improved athletes since the Combine, shaving nearly a fifth of a second off of his 40-yard dash time and adding a full five inches to his vertical jump during Missouri's Pro Day. The numbers in themselves aren't necessarily eye-popping. After clocking in at 4.91-seconds in the all-important 40 in Indianapolis, Sam was timed at 4.73 seconds on March 20. His 30.5" vertical jump and 19 repetitions of 225 pounds despite weighing in two pounds heavier during the Pro Day, however, do serve as a testament to Sam's commitment. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/26/2014 - Michael Sam, Kony Ealy improve 40 times at Missouri pro day...Sam and defensive end Kony Ealy, who had a strong session in Indianapolis highlighted by a three-cone drill result that matched the time of wriggly Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, shared the spotlight Thursday but it was Ealy who most impressed scouts. Sam was up two pounds -- to 263 -- from his combine weight, where he posted below-average results including a 4.91 40-yard dash, 26 1/2-inch vertical, 9-5 broad jump, 7.8 three-cone and 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He did 19 reps Thursday in the center of a considerable gallery of observers. Sam is currently projected as a mid-to late-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com, and the No. 183-ranked prospect overall. - The Sports Xchange

03/26/2014 - Michael Sam, Kony Ealy improve 40 times at Missouri pro day...All 32 teams were accounted for at Missouri's pro day in Columbia on Thursday, when pass rusher Michael Sam got his chance at a redo of his disappointing workout at the Scouting Combine last month. After completing one 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.73 seconds, Sam was sidelined from his second attempt by a right hamstring strain. He did go on to post a 30-inch vertical, a five-inch improvement from Indianapolis, and gutted his way through linebacker drills.

The 40 time is faster than he posted in Indianapolis (4.91) but leaves many questions unanswered for a player likely being evaluated as a niche pass rusher who would play only a part-time role in the NFL, in addition to special teams. The linebacker drills were the most important of the day for Sam as he attempts to show NFL teams running 3-4 base defenses that he's a potential stand-up pass rusher despite struggling with that transition at the Senior Bowl. Between the Senior Bowl and the combine, Sam announced he is gay, and he is expected to become the first openly gay male athlete to play in the NFL. - The Sports Xchange

02/27/2014 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 9. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam entered the combine as one of its biggest stories. Considering the relative lack of athleticism he demonstrated during workouts, however, some will characterize him as one of the week's biggest disappointments. Sam acknowledged Monday that he was disappointed in his 25 1/2-inch vertical leap (nevermind his 4.91 40). We can understand why. In 2004, Miami (Fla.) nose tackle Vince Wilfork's vertical was 26 inches at his pro day. Wilfork, the behemoth Pro Bowl lineman for the New England Patriots, was 6-1, 329 during the pre-draft measurements (safe to say he might be up a few pounds, or 10). Last February, eventual No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher had a 28 1/2 vertical. A reminder -- he's 6-7, 302 and plays offensive tackle.

The vertical and broad jump were not impressive for Sam, nor were they as vital as position workouts. He was tight and stiff in the hips and ankles and kept his head down and chest up through linebacker drills. The workout proved what Sam showed at the Senior Bowl last month -- that his niche to begin his NFL career will be on special teams and as backup depth who might eventually get time in nickel pass-rushing situations. - The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions: 2. Focus on Sam shifts back to field. Michael Sam's interview session with the media will generate more buzz than any player workout at the combine. Unfortunately, that includes Sam's work out, which, frankly, I don't expect to be that impressive. The 6-1 5/8, 260-pounder struggled at outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl, showing limited flexibility and agility. He'll be working out with defensive linemen at the combine, but I expect that his results in the 40, three cone drill and short shuttle are likely to place him very much in the middle-of-the-pack among this group. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/19/2014 - NFL teams will spend this week's annual scouting combine trying to get answers out of college prospects. They will need to tread carefully. A year ago, three players contended they were awkwardly asked about topics that seemed to reference sexual orientation. Two weeks ago, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and NFL hopeful publicly announced he was gay. Questions are sure to be a hot topic this week in Indianapolis. "A lot of people want to know what the rules are and whether they're different in the NFL, and they're really not," said Camille Olson, an attorney with the discrimination litigation practice group of Seyfarth Shaw. "It's pretty clear, it's black-letter law. An employer is not able to take into consideration for any employment purpose someone's sexual orientation. If the answer is, 'Locker rooms are different,' you still can't ask questions on that topic."

The NFL has reiterated that point after college tight end Nick Kasa claimed that one team asked him if he "liked girls" during last year's combine. Within a week, running back Le'Veon Bell and receiver Denard Robinson said they were asked similar questions. All three were drafted. League officials responded with an investigation but found there was no violation of either federal or state laws or of NFL protocol. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press last week in an email that the league has sent a memo to all teams reminding them of those standards. Personal questions, like the ones Kasa, Bell and Robinson were asked, could take on new significance now as Sam attempts to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. - AP Sports

02/09/2014 - Missouri's Michael Sam says he's gay in advance of 2014 NFL Draft...Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, is set to enter the 2014 NFL Draft under unique circumstances. Sam will enter the NFL as the league's first openly gay player. Sam was interviewed Sunday by the New York Times and ESPN. He told the media entities he came out of the closet and told his teammates "I'm gay" earlier during the 2013 season. "I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads - like, finally, he came out," Sam said Sunday. This was the first time Sam has spoken publicly about his sexual orientation, and he's about to put the NFL on a different axis. Sam does not project as a first-round pick in our 2014 NFL Mock Drafts, but he's the ninth-ranked defensive end and the 90th-ranked player overall on NFLDraftScout.com's big board. In other words, he will be drafted by someone and he will become the first openly gay player in the NFL, barring any other revelations between now and the time he's drafted and signs his contract. Sam told the Times he believed that rumors about his sexual orientation were circulating and decided to get ahead of the press. "I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it," Sam said. "I just want to own my truth." - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

02/09/2014 - Missouri's Michael Sam says he's gay in advance of 2014 NFL Draft...Sam's world is about to get pretty crowded. This is the kind of issue that transcends the sport itself; it's a "CNN issue" which will mean extended coverage by the national media as they watch to see how he's accepted in the world of the NFL. "I'm not na??ve," Sam said. "I know this is a huge deal and I know how important this is. But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the NFL." All he can do, really, is focus on getting ready for the combine. It's going to be a zoo there but the NFL has expressed support for the former Missouri player. "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage. Michael is a football player," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014."

Sam, for his part is taking almost a perfect approach to the situation, remaining "comfortable" in his own skin. "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," he said. "I'm comfortable in my skin." Late Sunday Sam took to Twitter to thank people for their positive reactions. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: DE - Michael Sam, Sr., Missouri: In leading the SEC with 18 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks through the regular season, Sam certainly has the production against top competition to intrigue scouts. He's very quick off the snap, showing the ability to attack off the edge as well as the burst to penetrate through gaps. At 6-foot-2, 255 pounds, Sam could earn the dreaded 'tweener label from scouts who may see him as too short for defensive end and a project as a stand-up outside linebacker, pushing the productive defender into the second or even third round. Sam's 6-foot-5, 275-pound teammate, Kony Ealy, in fact, ranks higher on NFLDraftScout.com's rankings. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL Michael Sam, Missouri, 6-2 255, Sr., Hitchcock, TX...Sam becomes the 33rd First-Team All-American in school history, the seventh at Mizzou for Head Coach Gary Pinkel, and the school's first defensive selection since former great Justin Smith in 2000. Sam ranked among the most disruptive defensive players in the nation this year, and his play was a key factor in Mizzou's surge into the top-10. He led the Southeastern Conference in both quarterback sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (18.0), ranking in the top-10 nationally in those categories.

He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press recently, and was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Lombardi Award and the Hendricks Award. He has 45 tackles in 13 games this season, including nine quarterback pressures, two pass break ups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, which he returned 21 yards for a touchdown in a win at 7th-ranked Georgia in October.

"Wow, what a great honor, I'm really grateful to be selected and for our team to be recognized like this," said Sam. "It's been a really rewarding season, especially after what we went through a year ago, and I feel like this validates all of the hard work we put in and all of the sacrifices we made as a team. My name is on the award, but that wouldn't happen without everyone else pulling in the same direction together, and I want to thank all of my teammates and coaches for helping push me and for their support," he said. - Missouri football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: DE - Michael Sam (UNANIMOUS), Missouri, 6-2, 255, Sr,...Leading the way was senior DE Michael Sam, who not only won 1st-team honors, but he also won the league's defensive player of the year award for his outstanding play. Sam led the SEC in both sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (18.0), ranking in the top 10 in both categories nationally. He is the second Tiger to ever win conference defensive player of the year honors, matching former standout Jeff Gaylord, who won the A.P. award in the Big Eight in 1981. - Missouri football

12/11/2013 - 2013 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Michael Sam, Missouri...Sam leads the SEC this season in sacks per game (0.81) and tackles for loss per game (1.38). He has posted 10.5 sacks on the season and has logged 18.0 tackles for loss on the year. - SEC football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Michael Sam, Missouri...Sam led the SEC in both quarterback sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (18.0), ranking in the top-10 nationally in both categories. - Missouri football

12/09/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Michael Sam, Missouri...Missouri's Michael Sam beat out Alabama's C.J. Mosley for the defensive player of the year award. Sam, named on every ballot at defensive end, paced the conference in sacks (10.5) and tackles behind the line (18.5). - AP Sports

12/06/2013 - 2013 TED HENDRICKS AWARD FINALIST: MICHAEL SAM - MISSOURI 6'2" 255 lbs SR...After awarding Michael Sam the team's MVP award this past weekend, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was asked about his defensive star. Pinkel said: "He was a good player a year ago. He went from a good to a great player. He did that through remarkable determination and effort, relentless competitiveness play after play after play." (St. Louis Post Dispatch, December 2, 2013).

These are some of the very qualities the Hendricks Award Selection committee is looking for in a candidate. Sam has become the 2013 SEC sacks leader (10.5), and is now just one short of the Missouri school record. He is a finalist for the Nagurski and Lombardi awards. His statistics include 42 tackles (28 solo), 18 tackles for loss, a 21-yard fumble return/TD and 9 QB Pressures. - The Ted Hendricks Foundation

11/24/2013 - Missouri's highly rated defense turned out to be as good as advertised. Meanwhile, Mississippi's offense, a game after setting a school record in total yards, was colder than the weather in the red zone Saturday night. The No. 8 Tigers bent but didn't break on defense en route to a 24-10 win over the No. 24 Ole Miss Rebels in front of a crowd of 61,198 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ole Miss squandered three scoring chances in the red zone, including having a touchdown called back after a review showed wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan stepped out of bounds at the Tigers' 7-yard line.

That came with just over eight minutes left in the game. While the Rebels maintained possession, the next four plays resulted in negative six yards, giving the ball back to the Tigers, who were able to run out the remainder of the clock up two scores. The victory was the 10th for the Tigers, a year after they won just five, and their sixth in the Southeastern Conference a year after they went 2-6 in their transition from the Big 12. Saturday's win also kept the Tigers alive to win the SEC East title and play either No. 1 Alabama or No. 6 Auburn in the SEC Championship game on Dec. 7. Missouri quarterback James Franklin started the game 7-for-7 and finished 12-for-19 for 142 yards. - The Sports Xchange

11/11/2013 - TOP 10 BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF 2013: 4. Michael Sam, Mizzou, DE: The best of arguably the top D-line in the conference best known for its stellar defensive line play. Sam, whose relentless motor is praised by SEC O-line coaches, has emerged as a star this season, leading the nation with 10 sacks to go with 16 TFLs. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

11/11/2013 - TOP 10 SCARIEST PLAYERS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 5. Michael Sam, Mizzou, DE: Another former unheralded recruit who has emerged as a star. "He is bigger than you think and quicker and he has a great motor," says one SEC O-line coach. The 6-3, 255-pound Sam leads the SEC with 16 TFLs and 10 sacks. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/28/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 9 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: DE Michael Sam, Missouri...Overshadowed by Tigers defensive end Kony Ealy entering the season, Sams has certainly made a name for himself as a senior in 2013. Through eight games, he leads the SEC with 16.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks, eight more sacks than the more ballyhooed Jadeveon Clowney at South Carolina. And despite losing to the Gamecocks in double overtime on Saturday night, Sam again showed why he's been the most productive pass rusher in the SEC, finishing with 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack. Listed at 6-3 and 255 pounds, he is compactly built with a strong upper and lower body, but shows enough bend to stay low and win with leverage.

Sam has a quick first step to penetrate gaps with a physical inside move and is relentless in pursuit to make noise in the backfield. The term "bull in a china shop" was created for players like him due to his determination and nonstop motor to finish at the ball. Although he does have some limitations, Sam has some Melvin Ingram to him as a NFL prospect, but regardless, he has definitely put himself on the NFL radar with double-digit sacks thus far in 2013. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/21/2013 - Coming into the 2013 season if you had to pick one coach in the SEC who may have been on the "Hot Seat" it seemed like Gary Pinkel was the most viable option. A 5-7 record with a 2-6 mark in conference play can do that. Then again, Pinkel had averaged 10 wins the previous five seasons before 2012. Now, Pinkel has notched back-to-back wins over ranked opponents and has the inside track to national coach of the year honors. His offense faced a Florida defense that had allowed only one play of 40 yards or more through the season's first six games. Missouri, playing freshman Maty Mauk, matched that on their first play of the game and had three plays that long in Saturday's win while outgaining UF 500-151.

Behind Mauk, Mizzou snapped UF's amazing streak of 13 consecutive games holding an SEC opponent to 20 points or fewer. The Tigers 36 points were more than the 34 the UF defense had allowed in its previous three SEC games combined. The Tigers D, led by a deep and talented defensive line, showed it is for real, overwhelming UF. Michael Sam continued to make a push for SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, with three sacks to move his season total to nine and his TFLs to 13. The Mizzou D had six sacks in the game. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri...Sam continued his All-American level of play with yet another huge game to help key Mizzou's 36-17 win over #22 Florida. He tallied three sacks on the day (22 yards in loss), and added four tackles in all, to go with one other QB hurry....Sam now leads the SEC in both QB sacks (9.0 total / 1.3 avg.) and tackles for loss (13.0 total / 1.9 avg.), and he ranks 2nd in the nation and 4th in the nation in those categories, respectively.

Sam recorded his third multi-sack game of 2013. He also had three sacks in wins over Arkansas State and Vanderbilt earlier this season. Sam pushed his career sack total to 18.5, fifth all-time at Mizzou...Missouri held Florida to just 61 yards in the first half, the fewest yards gained by a Tiger opponent in a half since MU allowed just 16 yards in the second half vs. Kentucky last season. - SEC football

10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri...Notched a second-straight 3-sack game with his 3-sack, 5-tackle outing Saturday night in Mizzou's 51-28 win at Vanderbilt. Two of his sacks came on 4th-down plays in the 4th-quarter as Vanderbilt was trying to stage a late rally. The 3.0 sacks ties the NCAA single-game high through Oct. 5th this season, and Sam is the only player in the nation so far to record 3.0 sacks in a game twice. It's been done 16 times overall so far, but Sam is the only repeat performer on the single-game list. Sam leads the SEC in both sacks and tackles for loss, and ranks 5th in the NCAA so far in sacks (1.2 per game) and 6th in the NCAA in TFLs (2.0 per game). - SEC football

09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri...Was a disruptive force in the backfield much of the night in MU's win over Arkansas State, as he notched a career-best 3.0 quarterback sacks, while forcing a fumble. Ended the night with 4 tackles overall, including his 3.0 sacks for a total of 19 yards in losses...The 3.0 sacks ties the NCAA single-game high through Sept. 28th this season, and Sam leads the SEC and ranks 18th in the NCAA so far with his tackles for loss average of 1.5 per game. - SEC football

09/05/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Michael Sam - While Missouri's front four didn't generate much of a pass rush early against Murray State, Sam finished with a solid game. He led the team with seven tackles, two for loss. The Tigers need more production from the other defensive linemen, but Sam got off to a strong start in his senior season. - The Sports Xchange


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