Oct 26, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) is sacked by Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) and defensive lineman Josh Augusta (97) during the second half at Faurot Field. South Carolina won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri Tigers Player Profile: Markus Golden

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We’re just weeks away from the start of college football and we here at at KC Kingdom will be providing player profiles from all the local schools. Today, we’ll be focusing on Missouri Tigers defensive end, Markus Golden.

Golden is entering his senior season with the Tigers and is poised to be the leader of the defense.

2013 Stats:

Markus was a situational player behind Kony Ealy and Michael Sam in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder was disruptive despite playing only 40 percent of snaps. He totaled 6.5 sacks and 55 tackles, 13 of which were for a loss. (stats via College Football Reference)

His presence was always felt, though his snaps were limited. His pick-six against Toledo last season was one of the best plays for the Tigers in 2013, not to mention his 9 yard sack against Johnny Manziel at home against A&M as well.

Markus Golden’s 2013 was only the beginning and some felt he could have gone pro this year. Luckily for Mizzou, he decided to stay for his senior season.

What To Expect In 2014:

Coming into fall camp this week, Golden was named a team captain on the defensive side of the ball. He brings tremendous strength and speed, two qualities that could make him the best defensive end in the SEC in 2014. Yeah, I said it, THE best defensive end in the SEC.

Just one year removed from Michael Sam winning the Co-Defensive Player of the Year award, Golden has the potential to be even better than his predecessor. With Shane Ray on the other side, teams will not be able to put all their attention on slowing Golden on a consistent basis.

With Golden receiving more snaps, there is limited reason to doubt that his production won’t see a significant spike. USA Today and SB Nation predict Markus going in the top 25 of the 2015 NFL Draft.

If he stays healthy, watch out.

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