Garrett had nine tackles and a fumble recovery for a TD to key Mizzou’s 34-14 SEC-opening win over South Carolina Saturday
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football senior MLB Cale Garrett (Kearney, Mo.) is the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, announced Monday by the league office. The senior captain led the way in another brilliant outing for Mizzou’s much-improved defense, with nine tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown that keyed Mizzou’s 34-14 SEC-opening win over South Carolina Saturday.
Garrett is the second Mizzou player to earn a Defensive Player of the Week nod this season, joining sophomore LB Nick Bolton (Frisco, Texas), who earned the distinction following Mizzou’s week-two win over West Virginia. Dating back to last season when DT Joran Elliott (Missouri City, Texas) claimed the conference weekly honor to close the season, Mizzou has now won three of the last five SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Garrett made a huge heads-up play in the first quarter of the South Carolina game with no score, when he alertly picked up a ball in the South Carolina endzone that had been ruled an incomplete forward pass initially. After he jumped on the ball, an instant replay review confirmed that the Gamecock quarterback Ryan Hilinksi had thrown a backward pass, giving MU a 7-0 lead, and Garrett his second defensive touchdown of the season – matching the pick-six interception he ran back 27 yards against SEMO in week three.
The Tiger defense was stout against Carolina last Saturday, allowing just 271 yards of total offense, a week after the Gamecocks rolled up 459 yards against Alabama. Mizzou held Carolina to just 16 rushing yards on 24 attempts, including four sacks on the day.
Garrett leads Mizzou with 37 tackles through four games.