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      Mizzou DE Ealy leaving early for NFL draft

      ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy is bypassing his senior season for the NFL draft.

      Ealy said Friday night after the No. 9 Tigers' 41-31 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl that he felt it was time "to go on to the next level."

      An All-SEC pick, the 6-foot-5 Ealy had six tackles and two sacks in his final game, pushing his season total to 9 1/2 sacks.

      "I love my teammates. I love my coaches," Ealy said. "I've gone from a boy to a man here."

      He had 14 sacks in 38 career games for the Tigers.