Kony Ealy was one of the top-ranked players in Missouri as a senior, dominating as a defensive end and a wide receiver for New Madrid County Central in Missouri's bootheel. He stayed quiet during his recruitment, preferring to let his play on the field speak for himself.
Somethings never change. Ealy is still blunt with the media, and the early hype -- Coule he be the next Aldon Smith? -- has yet to get to his head.
After a redshirt year, a bigger, stronger Ealy is looking to make an impact as a redshirt freshman in 2011.
PowerMizzou.com: Was taking a redshirt a good experience for you?
Kony Ealy: "Yeah. Of course."
PM: Which areas do you feel like you improved in the most?
Ealy: I got stronger. I'm getting wiser on the field, just learning from the older guys.
PM: Did you spend a lot of time with those guys, like Aldon and Jacquies?
Ealy: Yeah. After hours I studied film, just to watch, I studied film on them, just to see what they do to see if I could duplicate that or do it better. I feel like I learned a lot from that. Watching them is part of my learning.
PM: These bowl practices give the young guys more opportunities to impress the coaches. You feeling any pressure at all?
Ealy: Yeah, but it's about getting the coaches' trust, making them know that you know the plays and you're gonna be able to execute to get the job done.
PM: What are your goals for next season?
Ealy: The weight room, from bench max to power clean, always doing something to make my game better all the way around.
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