SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Two former Missouri State University football standouts have signed free-agent contracts with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
Missouri State Head Football Coach Ryan Beard confirms Montrae Braswell and Ty Scott earned undrafted free-agent agreements with the Chiefs, and says he is filled with Bear Pride after learning of their signings.
“Not only are these two outstanding football players, but they are dynamite,” Coach Beard said. “They’ve spent a ton of time at my house and have had dinner with my family, which I take great pride in. I’ve known these guys for a long time, and they are extremely deserving of this opportunity and I hope they can make the most of it.”
Beard told The Heartlander both players are high-energy guys who love football and make coaching fun. Braswell and Scott are known to wear a smile on and off the field. The head coach says those who have fun while playing the game are the best kind of players to have on your team.
Braswell is a defensive back from Avon Park, Florida and was added as a second-team selection to the Stats Perform FCS All-America Team at the conclusion of the 2022 football season. He was a five-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first-team honoree who collected first-team honors three times as a cornerback, and as a return specialist twice. Braswell finished his final season at MSU with 44 total tackles, including 28 solo stops.
The defensive back grabbed a season-high seven tackles at 10th-ranked Arkansas on Sept. 17. Braswell also has earned second-team All-America status from Stats Perform and Associated Press while being named third-team to Phil Steele and was placed on the Hero Sports Sophomore All-America Team. He was named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team in 2020-21.
Braswell was second in the conference with a kickoff return average of 30.3 yards, and posted his third career touchdown return in September 2021 against UCA. The speedster earned his way onto MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice during his senior season.
Beard says he feels Braswell’s return ability is a key reason the Chiefs had eyes on the former Bear. Braswell played at Central Michigan before transferring to MSU, and fielded plenty of talk-worthy punts and kickoffs.
“He’s a young man who, once he touches the ball, there’s a chance he scores whether it’s on punt, kick-off or interceptions. He has a way to find the endzone, and that will be really appealing to the Chiefs.”
Scott is wide receiver from Estill, South Carolina, and was named a two-time All-MVFC selection while also earning first-team in 2021 and honorable mention in 2022.
Upon his arrival at MSU, Scott grabbed MVFC All-Newcomer Team credentials after he collected the school’s single-season record for 66 receptions, 1,110 receiving yards and eight total receiving touchdowns. He earned his spot on the Hero Sports Sophomore All-America Team in 2021 and led all other conference players with 92.5 yards in receiving yards per game, ranking 11th nationally.
His senior year, Scott started all 11 games and finished the 2022 season with a team-high 48 receptions, 674 receiving yards, 14 yards per reception and five total touchdowns. Scott brought in a reception in all 11 games and finished fifth in the conference in receptions per game with 4.4. He was also seventh in receptions with 6.13 per game, ninth in receiving yards and 10th in receiving touchdowns.