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Missouri senior quarterback Drew Lock talks playing Georgia, evolution of the quarterback position in the SEC – Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman


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Missouri senior quarterback Drew Lock talks playing Georgia, evolution of the quarterback position in the SEC
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To Lock, the position is undergoing a bit of a change, as the conference is “slowly” moving away from the ground and pound style and more teams are begging to open up the playbook with quarterbacks who excel at throwing the football. “When I think of ...

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Projecting Every SEC Game in 2018

Drew Lock and the Tigers are out to prove the haters wrong this year. In this case, my projection model may very well be a hater.

How would you like another 7-5 season, Missouri fans? How about 8-4?

With SEC Media Days winding down and the season (somehow) just around the corner, it’s about time I get to my annual rite of passage: guessing.

Well, taking my Phil Steele guide and making up some formulas as cover for a semi-scientific way to pick every single regular-season game in the SEC this year, that is.

As I wrote in this space last year, my method is admittedly kind of dumb. I’ll get into it at the bottom of the post, if you care to read it.

But the proof is in the pudding. And the pudding, in this case, takes the form of a .712 correct-pick percentage overall and a .585 win percentage in conference when it comes to picking every SEC game over four of the past five years (2013-15, a break, then 2017).

That would be like your coach going 34-14 (19-13) over a four-year stretch, minus bowl games. I think that earns me an extension (unless I’m Kevin Sumlin...).

I’ll shut up now. Let’s get to the projections:

West
1. Alabama (11-1, 7-1)
2. Mississippi State (10-2, 6-2)
3. Texas A&M (8-4, 5-3)
4. Auburn (8-4, 5-3)
5. LSU (6-6, 3-5)
6. Arkansas (7-5, 3-5)
7. Ole Miss (5-7, 2-6)

East
1. Georgia (10-2, 6-2)
2. South Carolina (8-4, 5-3)
3. Florida (8-4, 5-3)
4. Missouri (7-5, 4-4)
5. Kentucky (5-7, 3-5)
6. Tennessee (5-7, 1-7)
7. Vanderbilt (4-8, 1-7)

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So the model says Missouri is...going to have the exact same record as last year. And, really, with such a steep step up in scheduling, the 2018 Tigers could very well be a solidly improved team with little — or nothing — to show about it in the win-loss column.

Here’s how the model says the season is playing out:

Missouri (7-5, 4-4)

vs. UT Martin – W
vs. Wyoming – W
at Purdue – W
vs. Georgia – L
at South Carolina – W
at Alabama – L
vs. Memphis – L
vs. Kentucky – W
at Florida – L
vs. Vanderbilt – W
at Tennessee – W
vs. Arkansas – L

I...mostly agree with this. I think the Memphis game is a win, though, so I’ll say 8-4, 4-4. With my gut. My final answer is the model, though. So my final answer is 7-5, 4-4.

I’d also switch out that South Carolina win for a loss and that Arkansas loss for a win. With my gut, that is.

But I’m wrong 28.9 percent of the time overall and 41.5 percent of the time in conference. So a 9-3, 6-2 season would be within my margin of error.

So would a 5-7, 2-6 season (although, personally, I think the 9-3 end would be a lot more likely than the 5-7 end).

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Here’s every single game. YOU’RE WELCOME!

West

Alabama (11-1, 7-1)
vs. Louisville (in Orlando) – W
vs. Arkansas St. – W
at Ole Miss – W
vs. Texas A&M – W
vs. Louisiana – W
at Arkansas – W
vs. Missouri – W
at Tennessee – W
at LSU – W
vs. Mississippi St. – W
vs. The Citadel – W
vs. Auburn – L

Mississippi St. (10-2, 6-2)
vs. Stephen F. Austin – W
at Kansas St. – W
vs. Louisiana – W
at Kentucky – W
vs. Florida – W
vs. Auburn – L
at LSU – W
vs. Texas A&M – W
vs. Louisiana Tech – W
at Alabama – L
vs. Arkansas – W
at Ole Miss – W

Texas A&M (8-4, 5-3)
vs. Northwestern St. – W
vs. Clemson – L
vs. ULM – W
at Alabama – L
vs. Arkansas (in Arlington) – W
vs. Kentucky – W
at South Carolina – W
at Mississippi St. – L
at Auburn – W
vs. Ole Miss – W
vs. UAB – W
vs. LSU – L

Auburn (8-4, 5-3)
vs. Washington (in Atlanta) – L
vs. Alabama St. – W
vs. LSU – L
vs. Arkansas – W
vs. Southern Miss – W
at Mississippi St. – W
vs. Tennessee – W
at Ole Miss – L
vs. Texas A&M – L
at Georgia – W
vs. Liberty – W
at Alabama – W
(Sidenote: this one’s kind of hilarious to me. Beating the top three teams in the league...only to finish 8-4.)

LSU (6-6, 3-5)
vs. Miami (in Arlington) – L
vs. SE Louisiana – W
at Auburn – W
vs. Louisiana Tech – W
vs. Ole Miss – L
at Florida – L
vs. Georgia – L
vs. Mississippi St. – L
vs. Alabama – L
at Arkansas – W
vs. Rice – W
at Texas A&M – W
(OK, last sidenote: the model was thisclose to having LSU miss its first bowl since 2000. I came up one SEC win short overall, and LSU had the closest sub-.5 win portion to round up. So it got its third SEC win and a bowl berth.)

Arkansas (7-5, 3-5)
vs. Eastern Illinois – W
at Colorado St. – W
vs. North Texas – W
at Auburn – L
vs. Texas A&M (in Arlington) – L
vs. Alabama – L
vs. Ole Miss – W
vs. Tulsa – W
vs. Vanderbilt – W
vs. LSU – L
at Mississippi St. – L
at Missouri – W

Ole Miss (5-7, 2-6)
vs. Texas Tech (in Houston) – L
vs. Southern Illinois – W
vs. Alabama – L
vs. Kent St. – W
at LSU – W
vs. ULM – W
at Arkansas – L
vs. Auburn – W
vs. South Carolina – L
at Texas A&M – L
at Vanderbilt – L
vs. Mississippi St. – L

East

Georgia (10-2, 6-2)
vs. Austin Peay – W
at South Carolina – L
vs. Middle Tennessee – W
at Missouri – W
vs. Tennessee – W
vs. Vanderbilt – W
at LSU – W
vs. Florida (in Jacksonville) – W
at Kentucky – W
vs. Auburn – L
vs. Massachusetts – W
vs. Georgia Tech – W

South Carolina (8-4, 5-3)
vs. Coastal Carolina – W
vs. Georgia – W
vs. Marshall – W
at Vanderbilt – W
at Kentucky – L
vs. Missouri – L
vs. Texas A&M – L
vs. Tennessee – W
at Ole Miss – W
at Florida – W
vs. Chattanooga – W
at Clemson -- L

Florida (8-4, 5-3)
vs. Charleston Southern – W
vs. Kentucky – W
vs. Colorado St. – W
at Tennessee – W
at Mississippi St. – L
vs. LSU – W
at Vanderbilt – W
vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville) – L
vs. Missouri – W
vs. South Carolina – L
vs. Idaho – W
at Florida St. – L

Missouri (7-5, 4-4)
vs. UT Martin – W
vs. Wyoming – W
at Purdue – W
vs. Georgia – L
at South Carolina – W
at Alabama – L
vs. Memphis – L
vs. Kentucky – W
at Florida – L
vs. Vanderbilt – W
at Tennessee – W
vs. Arkansas – L

Kentucky (5-7, 3-5)
vs. Central Michigan – W
at Florida – L
vs. Murray St. – W
vs. Mississippi St. – L
vs. South Carolina – W
at Texas A&M – L
vs. Vanderbilt – W
at Missouri – L
vs. Georgia – L
at Tennessee – W
vs. Middle Tennessee – L
at Louisville – L

Tennessee (5-7, 1-7)
vs. West Virginia (in Charlotte) – W
vs. East Tennessee St. – W
vs. UTEP – W
vs. Florida – L
at Georgia – L
at Auburn – L
vs. Alabama – L
at South Carolina – L
vs. Charlotte – W
vs. Kentucky – L
vs. Missouri – L
at Vanderbilt – W

Vanderbilt (4-8, 1-7)
vs. Middle Tennessee – W
vs. Nevada – W
at Notre Dame – L
vs. South Carolina – L
vs. Tennessee St. – W
at Georgia – L
vs. Florida – L
at Kentucky – L
at Arkansas – L
at Missouri – L
vs. Ole Miss – W
vs. Tennessee – L

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OK, let’s “rap” for a sec. Pull up a chair and turn it around, Slater style, because we’re about to get “real.”

As far as I can tell, Missouri’s games break into four categories this season:

Pretty Sure Things (3)
vs. UT Martin
vs. Wyoming
vs. Vanderbilt

Probable Wins (5)
at Purdue
vs. Memphis
vs. Kentucky
at Tennessee
vs. Arkansas (again, this is the gut talking, not the model)

Probable Losses (2)
at South Carolina
at Florida

Pretty Sure Losses (2)
vs. Georgia
at Alabama

If you look at it that way, then you could say Missouri’s 3-2, with seven toss-ups of varying degrees. The Tigers split them 4-3, then they’re right back where they were last year. They do any better, then they end up better than they did last year.

The gut says Missouri will. The model, though, she protests.

Here’s my work, if you wanted to see:

And, if you’re reeeeeeeeeeeally in to fine print, here’s the methodology:

I take the always indispensable Phil Steele guide. I project how many times each team will face each betting line condition during their conference and non-conference slates on the season (home favorite, home underdog, road favorite, road underdog, etc.).

Then I see each team’s success in all of those conditions over the past five years -- weighting for recency — and plot out how many expected wins the team will have for each condition.

For example, with Missouri, in the SEC, I predict the Tigers will be home favorites three times, home underdogs once, road favorites once and road dogs three times. Based on weighted win percentages in each of those conditions over the past five years, I’d expect 2.2 wins in the three home favorite games, .27 wins in the one home dog game, .67 wins in the one road favorite game and .60 wins in the three road dog games.

Or 3.734 SEC wins overall.

That was the first model I ever used. It is “Model 2” on the spreadsheet.

For the model I added last year (Model 1 in your hearts, minds and spreadsheets), I took each team’s expected win percentage in non-conference and conference games over the past five years (games favored in divided by total games) weighted it for recency and saw how much the teams tended to over- or underperform its expected win percentage.

Then, I applied it to how many games I expected the teams to be favored in this year.

So for example, with Missouri, I expect them to be favored in four of eight SEC games this year, or 50.0 percent of the games. The Tigers weighted average over the past five years is overperforming by 2.90 percentage points, so that would mean winning 52.9 percent of its SEC games. Or 4.23 SEC wins.

Then I took the two models and mushed them together for a final projection. Then I started with the best projected conference record and worked all the way down the worst assigning the most likely losses given each team’s success rate in those more specialized fave/dog conditions I mentioned earlier.

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Recappin’ Missouri’s romp through SEC Media Days, new football game scheduled

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Kind of a busy day on Wednesday!

The Missouri contingent went through the SEC Media Day carwash. A lot was said! Some news broke (Kaleb Prewett — gone, officially. As are Barry Odom’s defensive playcalling duties).

Miss something? Here’s a good place to start:

What we learned about Mizzou at SEC Media Days

Did you miss Barry Odom’s turn at the podium? Here’s a full transcription. Odom had quite the opening statement.

More #content below.

2. Drew Lock doesn’t shy away from the spotlight.

Lock definitely stole the show as he bluntly addressed multiple issues — Tom Herman’s mocking of his TD celebration, Cece Jefferson’s quote about Missouri fans, etc. — but I thought this column by Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com really summed up all the stakes nicely.

So this is the new Drew Lock. Doubt him if you will. He wants you to. He wants to prove you wrong. And when he does, he wants to tell you about it.

“It’s not going to change the way I play,” Lock said. “It’s not going to change the way people play us. Talk is talk, but once the ball gets snapped, nobody is thinking about the shit that was talked, no one’s thinking about any of that. Just thinking about, I’m going to do my job and play the best game of football I can.”

We can also finally put to rest what Lock drank out of the water bottle that was thrown at him during the South Carolina game in 2016.

3. Lock, Beckner address their returns

Via Brendan Lavell of the Columbia Missourian:

“Me and Terry had a moment after Arkansas where we talked about, ‘This is why we came here, to do special stuff like this,’ Lock said. “Get to a bowl game, beat our rival in Arkansas. We’ve been through some stuff. Terez has as well, so I’m happy to see success come for all three of us at the end of our careers.”

Beckner said the decision to come back was easy.

“Really, it was just coming back for my brothers,” Beckner said, “finishing up with them one last time and getting my degree.”

4. Another surgery for Michael Porter, Jr.

I mean, it’s another back surgery, which can’t be good — but this time, it might be good? I don’t know.

5. Set your calendars for Sep. 3, 2022.

Missouri will host South Dakota on Sep. 3, 2022. That’s four years away. So you have time to make preparations.

From South Dakota coach Bob Nielson, via the Argus Leader:

“This is an exciting matchup for our program, fans and alumni,” said Nielson. “It marks another great opportunity for us to compete against one of the best teams in the country.”


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Football: USD, Missouri To Meet In 2022 – Yankton Daily Press


Football: USD, Missouri To Meet In 2022
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VERMILLION — South Dakota football will take on the Missouri Tigers on Sept. 3, 2022, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, USD head coach Bob Nielson announced Wednesday. It will be the first meeting between the two programs and the Coyotes' first ...


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Football: USD, Missouri To Meet In 2022 – Yankton Daily Press


Football: USD, Missouri To Meet In 2022
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VERMILLION — South Dakota football will take on the Missouri Tigers on Sept. 3, 2022, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, USD head coach Bob Nielson announced Wednesday. It will be the first meeting between the two programs and the Coyotes' first ...


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A position change, a dress code and pushups: How Mizzou’s Terez Hall became a leader – Kansas City Star


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A position change, a dress code and pushups: How Mizzou's Terez Hall became a leader
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As his time at Southeastern Conference Media Days began on Wednesday, Missouri linebacker Terez Hall sat in a Omni Hotel suite and admitted he didn't think he'd get here. Because until just last week, he thought the SEC's annual football media ...
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Mizzou stands its ground at SEC Media Days – ABC17News.com


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Mizzou stands its ground at SEC Media Days
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The Mizzou football team met with media members and fans in Atlanta for SEC Media Days ahead of the 2018 season. Head coach Barry Odom, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. and linebacker Terez Hall represented Mizzou.

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What we learned about Mizzou at SEC Media Days

Drew Lock, raw and uncut — plus some team news

Missouri’s spin through SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame came and went on Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what fans need to know about what Barry Odom, Drew Lock, Terry Beckner and Terez Hall said.

1. Drew Lock, raw and uncut.

This is the story of one Heisman-contending star quarterback, who stops being polite and starts getting real. Drew Lock had himself a day with the media, and I for one am all for it.

There’s this:

And this:

Oh, and what about this?

Here’s what I like about this Drew Lock. His rhetoric is flawless. He’s not out here trash-talking opponents or stirring up more public beef with emotional arguments. He’s crushing opponents with cold, hard facts. Yeah, Cece, Faurot Field is quiet — that’s usually what happens when the home team is on offense.

The quote about Tom Herman’s mockery isn’t even the best part, either. From Ben Baby of the Dallas Morning News:

“If a head coach- does anyone know how old he is? I don’t know -- a head coach at the University of Texas, which is one of the top five programs of all time, is mocking a dance I do after I throw a touchdown, I think I’m playing some pretty good quarterback right there at that time,” Lock said.

Again, pointing out that the person doing the mocking of a college athlete is 43 years old is pretty great. If Lock is as loose as on the field as he was during SEC Media Days, he’s going to put up some huge numbers.

2. I’m glad we’re seeing more of Barry Odom’s personality.

Off the field (and off-the-record), Barry Odom has been one of the most likeable college coaches I’ve covered. He’s loose, he’s personable and he’s down-to-earth. In front of the media, though, Odom gets more closed-off and scripted.

That seems to be changing.

Do little quips like these matter for wins and losses? No, of course not. But it’s nice for fans to get to see more and more of Odom’s personality, and what makes him so likeable behind-the-scenes with those who cover him.

3. Odom hands off play-calling duties to Ryan Walters.

This is a good thing! From the onset, Odom always said he had issues delegating. This is definitely growth as a head college football coach, as defensive coordinator Ryan Walters will take over defensive play calling from Odom.

Odom has been bullish on Walters’ career trajectory from the get-go, and if Walters is as talented as Odom believes, then Missouri’s defense could take a big step forward this year. Of course, Odom will maintain a voice in game planning, but handing off play calling to Walters will free Odom to see the big picture instead of getting stuck in the weeds.

4. Kaleb Prewett is no longer on the team.

Not a shock, but still no official reason given for Prewett’s dismissal from the team. Missouri now has to replace both safeties from 2017, although Prewett has not been with the team for some time now.

Odom also told reporters that Oregon safety transfer Khalil Oliver is on campus. That’s one name that will factor in the safety dance.

5. Terry Beckner vs. a wolf

I’m picking Beckner.


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Mizzou stands its ground at SEC Media Days
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The Mizzou football team met with media members and fans in Atlanta for SEC Media Days ahead of the 2018 season. Head coach Barry Odom, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. and linebacker Terez Hall represented Mizzou.


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Season hasn’t even started, and record-setter Drew Lock and the Tigers are on the offensive – Saturday Down South


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Season hasn't even started, and record-setter Drew Lock and the Tigers are on the offensive
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“It's not because the Missouri Tigers are a good football team. When someone catches a pass, it's because they were wide open. It wasn't because we made a good play on the ball or it was a good throw. When Damarea (Crockett) busts a 30-yard run, ...
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Safety Kaleb Prewett dismissed from Mizzou football team
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COLUMBIA - Mizzou football coach Barry Odom told media members during SEC Media Days that former starting safety Kaleb Prewett was no longer with the team. Prior to Prewett's dismissal from Mizzou football, the team had suspended the Blue Springs ...


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Safety Kaleb Prewett dismissed from Mizzou football team
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COLUMBIA - Mizzou football coach Barry Odom told media members during SEC Media Days that former starting safety Kaleb Prewett was no longer with the team. Prior to Prewett's dismissal from Mizzou football, the team had suspended the Blue Springs ...

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South Dakota will play at Missouri in football in 2022 – Argus Leader – Sioux Falls Argus Leader


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Prewett is off Mizzou football team, Odom also says he won’t call defensive plays – Kansas City Star


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Prewett is off Mizzou football team, Odom also says he won't call defensive plays
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Missouri's secondary took a hit on Wednesday as coach Barry Odom told reporters that Kaleb Prewett, a former defensive back at Blue Springs High School and Kansas State, is officially off the team. Odom announced Prewett's departure to a group of ...

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USD Football Set To Play Missouri In 2022 – KELOLAND TV


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USD Football Set To Play Missouri In 2022
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VERMILLION, S.D. - VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota football will take on the Missouri Tigers on Sept. 3, 2022, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, USD head coach Bob Nielson announced Wednesday. It will be the first meeting between the two ...
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Missouri quarterback remembers Williams-Brice water bottle, has plan for 2018 game – The State


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Missouri quarterback remembers Williams-Brice water bottle, has plan for 2018 game
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The last time Drew Lock played in Williams-Brice Stadium, a fan threw a water bottle toward him on the field. He's expecting more on Oct. 6 when his Missouri Tigers return to play South Carolina. “I picked it up and drank it on the field,” Missouri's ...

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SEC Media Days 2018: Missouri Schedule, Participants and TV Information (July 18, 2018) – Saturday Down South


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SEC Media Days 2018: Missouri Schedule, Participants and TV Information (July 18, 2018)
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Mizzou whistleblower named in NCAA probe says she’ll detail more academic fraud – Sporting News


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Mizzou whistleblower named in NCAA probe says she'll detail more academic fraud
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Kumar, who told NCAA compliance officers of the men's and women's athletes she improper assistance over a two-year period, alleged to the Star that she had been "groomed" to give special academic aid to football and men's basketball players. Only one ...


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Still talking ’bout rivalries, Cece Jefferson trashes Mizzou fans, Tigers prepare for Media Days – Rock M Nation (blog)


Still talking 'bout rivalries, Cece Jefferson trashes Mizzou fans, Tigers prepare for Media Days
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I fell into this trap as much as anyone when I covered the previous six SEC Media Days, but one of the consistent storylines around Missouri's move to the SEC has been the Tigers' search for a rival. At this point, does it really matter? Is it really ...

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Still talking ‘bout rivalries, Cece Jefferson trashes Mizzou fans, Tigers prepare for Media Days

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Missouri-Arkansas “rivalry” still being dissected

I fell into this trap as much as anyone when I covered the previous six SEC Media Days, but one of the consistent storylines around Missouri’s move to the SEC has been the Tigers’ search for a rival.

At this point, does it really matter? Is it really worth turning over again and again every July and then again leading up to every game with Arkansas?

As long as the 6-1-1 schedule remains — which, as Greg Sankey said on Monday, it will — Missouri is going to play Arkansas every year. Is it a rivalry yet? Do the players think it’s a rivalry?

Does it matter?

The Missouri-Arkansas game will continue to matter beyond most games because, for the foreseeable future, it’s the final game of the regular season. It will matter to Missouri fans if Missouri has something to play for. It will matter to Arkansas fans if Arkansas has something to play for. And if neither team has anything to play for — it’s just another game.

So far, there’s been two Missouri-Arkansas games that have felt like rivalry games. Those would be 2014 — when Missouri needed a win to clinch the SEC East — and 2017, what would be the final game of the Bret Bielema era that produced a wild 48-45 Missouri win.

I wouldn’t include 2015, the final Gary Pinkel game, because that game just felt sad. Even beyond Pinkel’s final game, it was a miserably cold, rainy day and an awful game.

Also, new Arkansas coach Chad Morris wouldn’t take the bait with a rivalry question:

Right now, I would say our biggest rival is the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Pictured: Arkansas prepares for annual rivalry game.

Now, if you want some REAL rivalry fodder, here you go — via Bennett Durando of the Maneater:

2. Another consistent Missouri-at-Media Days talking point: T.J. Moe

Fun read by Ben Frederickson with a very tongue-in-cheek look at what Barry Odom SHOULD do on Wednesday, in the vein of T.J. Moe’s romp through Hoover in 2012.

My personal favorite, because Tennessee also faces the media on Wednesday:

Bring out a surprise guest: Coordinators do not come to media days, but a former head coach is always welcome. Tigers OC Derek Dooley would be a hit. The impressively loquacious yet remarkably unsuccessful former Tennessee coach has never called plays, but he is undefeated in press conferences.

WAIT, THAT’S DEREK DOOLEY’S MUSIC!

3. More watch-lists to watch for Drew Lock

Lock named to Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List.

4. Matt Luke and Barry Odom — kind of a similar story

Dave Matter takes a look at the similar recent career path of Ole Miss coach Matt Luke and Barry Odom.

But here’s a very important part that isn’t similar with Odom:

Saddled with another bowl ban for 2018, Luke has ridden the momentum into the offseason, signing the nation’s 27th-ranked recruiting class — ahead of multiple Power 5 programs dealing with far less baggage, like TCU, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. For 2019, Ole Miss leads the nation with 24 commitments.

Recruiting rankings aren’t the end all, be all, but they are certainly a strong indicator of future success. Ole Miss isn’t pulling in top-10 classes like it was under Hugh Freeze (maaaaybe not legally, anyway), but Luke is certainly recruiting much, much better than you’d expect for a program mired in sanctions and a bowl ban.

Also related: Barry Odom reads some of the news about him:

5. Missouri at SEC Media Days Drinking Game

Disclaimer: The staff at Rock M Nation does not condone binge drinking.

I was thinking of what a Missouri-at-Media Days drinking game would look like. Here are some situations off the top of my head. Chime in with some comments about other circumstances that merit a drink:

1 drink — Barry Odom/players asked about rivalries

1 drink — Drew Lock and Heisman contender are mentioned in same question

2 drinks — Kansas/Jeff Long mentioned

2 drinks — Barry Odom asked about suspended players

2 drinks — Barry Odom asked to compare Drew Lock to other past Missouri quarterbacks

3 drinks — Missouri contingent asked about how the program “fits in” with the SEC

What’s a circumstance that will cause you to finish your drink?

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Mizzou snags two more football commits – 247Sports


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Missouri Football: How Will the Offense Handle Change in 2018 – KC Kingdom


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Watch lists, injury reports, Mark Stoops, and Marcus Washington

And injury reports are coming one day! Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Watch Lists Are Dumb ... Unless They Involve Mizzou Players, Vol. MLXVII: Terry Beckner Jr. and Drew Lock are on some big-time watch lists

The Bednarik and Maxwell watch lists, to be exact.

Mizzou Football senior standouts DL Terry Beckner, Jr. (East St. Louis, Ill.) and QB Drew Lock (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) have each earned a spot on prestigious college football award watch lists, announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club. Beckner landed on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given annually to the top defender in college football. Lock is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the top offensive player in college football.

2. Injury reports are coming! Injury reports are coming! Eventually!

So says SEC commish Greg Sankey.

The commissioner does see some potential change coming in one topical area. He said they discussed the idea of injury reports at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin and something in that spirit is likely on the way.

The Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for legalized sports gambling is no doubt the catalyst. The dynamics of the concept is different from the circumstances surrounding the weekly public reports already used by the NFL.

”FERPA and HIPAA requirements, academic suspensions, other team or athletics’ department imposed suspensions and NCAA eligibility issues make something more like an availability report relevant for discussion,” Sankey said Monday. “I do not believe this has to happen before the 2018 season, either on the part of this conference or the national level.”

3. UK’s Mark Stoops says Mizzou’s late-2017 surge was damn impressive.

He’s right, of course.

“What (Odom) went through last year, I went through in year three,” said Stoops, coming off two bowl seasons after opening with three straight losing campaigns. “People, we all want results, but we all know it’s very difficult to build the program you’re looking for. When that pressure’s on and it’s time to get ready to break, his team responded.”

4. “It’s a leap of faith not ever having visited there.”

Chris Shearin talked to PowerMizzou about his Mizzou commitment.

5. August 7 is the commitment date for Marcus Washington.

Mizzou appears to be in decent shape for the biggest name on its 2019 recruiting board. We’ll see.


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IMG cornerback Chris Shearin commits to Mizzou

You like hard-hitting corners? Who doesn’t?

July tends to be a pretty big month for Mizzou recruiting under Barry Odom, and thus far 2018 is living up to previous years’ standards. After landing running back Glover Cook over the weekend, Mizzou just scored another commitment, this time from IMG Academy (by way of Suffolk, Va.) cornerback Chris Shearin.

Shearin is listed at 5’11, 177 pounds and is a low-three-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite, but he listed offers from power conference programs like Duke, NC State, Maryland, and West Virginia.

His highlight film is, in a word, physical. Awesomely physical.

It’s hard to figure out too much about his top-end speed, but he’s got fantastic body control, and he hits awfully hard. That’ll do.

Shearin is Mizzou’s sixth known commitment for 2019 and the second defender, along with nickel back/OLB Aidan Harrison. Based on recent years, Mizzou will likely have a few more by the end of the month. WELCOME, CHRIS.


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IMG cornerback Chris Shearin commits to Mizzou – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Safeties at LB … DTs at DE … flexibility’s the name of the game for the Mizzou defense in 2018 – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Earlier today, we took a look at Mizzou's new offensive depth chart. Now let's flip over to the other side of the ball. Defense. DE. Tre Williams (6'5, 250, So.) Nate Anderson (6'4, 265, Sr.) DT. Terry Beckner Jr. (6'4, 305, Sr.) Rashad Brandon (6'3 ...


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NEW DEPTH CHART: Flexibility’s the name of the game on defense

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Mizzou’s front seven is loaded with potential, but the secondary still has some experience issues.

Earlier today, we took a look at Mizzou’s new offensive depth chart. Now let’s flip over to the other side of the ball.

Defense

DE

DT

  • Terry Beckner Jr. (6’4, 305, Sr.)
  • Rashad Brandon (6’3, 300, Sr.)

DT

DE

Mizzou enters 2018 light on true, pass-rushing defensive ends but heavy on defensive tackles. This depth chart is at least slightly revealing in that two guys we’d consider DTs (Sampson and Byers) are listed as backup ends.

This hints at something we’d begun to figure out already: head coach Barry Odom and defensive coordinator Ryan Walters are trying to build in as much flexibility as possible. We’re going to see a lot of different combinations, with a lot of different combined sizes, this year. That should be pretty fun ... at least as long as Mizzou can rush the passer when it needs to. It remains one of the bigger questions on the board for this year.

LB

  • Terez Hall (6’2, 230, Sr.)
  • Aubrey Miller Jr. (6’2, 225, So.)

LB

LB

Speaking of versatility, there’s safety Ronnell Perkins, listed as an OLB. I’m going to take that to mean he enters 2018 as the team’s top nickel back. He should be pretty good in that role. Meanwhile, Mizzou will still keep three LBs on the field as much as possible, and with good reason: the Tigers have three really good LBs.

CB

FS

SS

CB

The youngest unit on the defense is still pretty battle-tested. With Perkins playing the presumed nickel role, that means Hilton and the top name of the three true sophomores (Bledsoe) take over on the first string. It feels like Hilton’s been around forever, and I’m guessing the competition will be ongoing in these spots.

Meanwhile, Sparks was probably Mizzou’s best corner at the end of last season, as the Tigers held five of their last six opponents below a 60 percent completion rate (and four of six below a 130 passer rating). This is still a unit in flux — and no, to my knowledge there has still been no final word on Kaleb Prewett and his suspension (though maybe the fact that he’s still not on the roster is the final word) — but there’s reason for hope, at least.


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NEW DEPTH CHART! Wow, this is an experienced offense

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No Micah Wilson? Dom Gicinto over Harry Ballard III? There were some minor surprises on today’s Mizzou depth chart release.

SEC Media Days for the 2018 college football season have begun in Atlanta. You can catch all the fun(?) on the SEC Network and online, and you can also completely choose not to without missing much.

That said, media day means the release of the new media guides, too. And those usually include updated depth charts. Mizzou doesn’t have its media guide up yet, but those in attendance in Atlanta have shared the goods.

Let’s walk through it, offense first. There are at least a few surprises.

Offense

QB

Both Scott and Lowary are listed ahead of sophomore Micah Wilson, last year’s backup (who is still listed on the Mizzou roster — I checked). If nothing else, that makes the battle for 2019’s starting job all the more interesting.

TB

That these two are listed as co-starters should be a surprise to no one. Crockett began 2017 as the starter before injury, but Rountree proved himself quite a bit down the stretch.

WR

WR

WR

  • Nate Brown (6’3, 210, Sr.)
  • Dominic Gicinto (5’9, 170, Fr.)

The only surprise I see here: Gicinto, the spring game star, making the top six ahead of JUCO transfer Harry Ballard III (who also looked good in the spring game).

TE

The only surprise here is I figured a third guy would be listed. The top two are laminated in place.

LT

LG

C

  • Trystan Colon-Castillo (6’4, 315, So.)
  • Jonah Dubinski (6’2, 295, Jr.)

RG

  • Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms (6’5, 340, Jr.)
  • Larry Borom (6’6, 345, RSFr.)

RT

This is maybe the biggest Mizzou offensive line I can remember — the starting five average 6’5, 328. And hell, the backups average 6’5, 306, but mainly because of what we’ll call Borom’s center of gravity.

With up to nine junior and senior starters, this is an experienced offense. But the youth movement has begun on the second string. It’ll be interesting to see which youngsters most clearly take advantage of their opportunities to post up for 2019 starting jobs.


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Why Drew Lock didn’t attend the 2017 Manning Passing Academy

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Josh Heupel wouldn’t let Drew Lock attend the Manning Passing Academy

The Drew Lock series wrapped up on both MUTigers.com and PowerMizzou.com this weekend, and a couple things jumped out to me from Part 4 and Part 5.

  • This is the most Blaine Gabbert-story every written, and so succinctly covers Gabbert’s quarterback style at Missouri. Via Brian Neuner:

A chance meeting with former MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was a first-round NFL draft pick in 2011, yielded some new advice.

“Blaine told me to loosen up and ‘tee it high and let it fly,’ ” Lock remembered.

  • This second part, however, is more eyebrow-raising and really goes to show that Heupel’s departure from Missouri was more interesting than previous believed.

A big sign of the change in the offensive coordinator-quarterback dynamic was Lock’s appearance at the Manning Passing Academy. Archie Manning, the family patriarch, actually invited Lock last year. Heupel nixed the idea, preferring that Lock remain on campus and work out with his teammates.

“Archie couldn’t believe I was turning him down, and neither could I,” Lock said. “He started explaining all the things they do to help develop quarterbacks, and I really felt bad. Archie Manning shouldn’t have to sell me on his camp. I knew it would be amazing, and I wanted to go.”

Odom said he wasn’t aware at the time that Lock was forced to turn down Archie Manning or he would have interceded. When the opportunity came again this year, Dooley and Odom were all for it.

Again, I mentioned this during an early part where the article discussed the negative recruiting done by Jim Harbaugh — I find it VERY interesting that this article series ran on MUTigers.com. It is fantastic work by Neuner, but it’s no puff piece by any means — not the type of neutral-to-glowing articles you typically see on athletic department sites. Having a critical story of a former coach like that on an official athletic department web site is really novel, at least from what I’ve seen.

I suggest you read all five parts if you haven’t. A great series by Brian Neuner.

2. A trip home with Barry Odom

Great read by Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star. Gregorian accompanied Odom to the coach’s hometown of Maysville, Okla., and wrote a great profile off of the trip. Interesting to see Odom open up a little more to the media, and there’s some great insight into the town and people that made Odom who he is today.

3. Big-time performances for some Missouri track stars, both past and future

Future Missouri track athletes Roberto Vilches and Mirieli Santos medaled at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland. Vilches won the gold medal in the high jump; Santos won silver in the triple jump.

Also, Karissa Schweizer managed to set a Missouri record (and a personal record) in the 1500m in Belgium over the weekend. Here’s how she set a school record despite not being at the school anymore, via MUTigers.com:

Because Schweizer has yet to choose a professional club to run with, her mark will stand as a school record since she ran it in a Mizzou uniform.

Schweizer also had the tweet of the weekend after her win:


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Mizzou picks up commitment from 2019 Florida RB

3-star Glover Cook picks Mizzou over Oregon, West Virginia

Mizzou’s slow recruiting start picked up some steam on Sunday, as 3-star Ocala (Fla.) running back Glover Cook announced his commitment to the Tigers.

Cook — again, a 3-star per Rivals and the 247Sports composite rankings — claimed offers from Oregon, Louisville, Arkansas and West Virigina, among others. It does not appear that he’s visited Missouri, so that’s something to note.

Here are his most recent highlights:

Missouri now has 5 commitments in the 2019 class.


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What Mizzou fans need to know about SEC Media Days

Barry Odom will address the media on Thursday during SEC Media Days.

It’s talkin’ season, folks.

SEC Media Days begin on Monday, although the Missouri football contingent won’t get going until Thursday. Here’s what Missouri fans need to know about the week ahead.

When are SEC Media Days?

SEC Media Days begin on Monday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET. They last until Thursday, July 19.

Where are SEC Media Days?

The College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga., will host SEC Media Days for the first time. This is a change, as SEC Media Days were previously held at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., for the previous 17 years.

Is it a big deal that SEC Media Days are in Atlanta?

No. They’ll talk like it is, but a ballroom in Branson, Mo., could host SEC Media Days and no one outside of the media (and Alabama/Auburn fans) would care. You’ll definitely see some griping from the SEC Media about not being able to go to Bumpers or On Tap or any of the other fine offerings of suburban Birmingham, but SEC Media Days do not matter and neither does the location.

Who is representing Missouri at SEC Media Days?

Glad you asked! Besides Barry Odom, Missouri will be represented by Drew Lock, Terry Beckner Jr. and Terez Hall. When the players break off into their media sessions, expect 65-30-5 split in terms of percentages of reporter in front of Lock/Beckner/Hall, respectively — although I think Hall will be the most entertaining interview of the group.

Also, it should be noted that Terez Hall is from the metro Atlanta area — which might make more sense for his inclusion over Paul Adams or Kevin Pendleton, for instance.

What is the full SEC Media Days schedule?

Monday, July 16

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher

12:15 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Texas A&M players

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops

2:35 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Kentucky players

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron

3:35 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

LSU players

Tuesday, July 17

7:30 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

Steve Shaw, SEC coordinator of football officials

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart

10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Georgia players

10:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke

11:10 - 11:30 a.m.

Ole Miss players

12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Arkansas coach Chad Morris

1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Florida coach Dan Mullen

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Arkansas players

3:40 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Florida players

Wednesday, July 18

7:30 a.m. - 7:40 a.m.

David Fletcher, Football Bowl Association

7:40 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.

Bill Hancock, executive director of College Football Playoff

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead

9:20 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt

10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Mississippi State players

11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Tennessee players

12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Alabama coach Nick Saban

1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Missouri coach Barry Odom

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Alabama players

3:40 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Missouri players

Thursday, July 19

7:30 a.m. - 7:40 a.m.

Football Writers Association of America

7:40 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.

National Football Foundation

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason

9:35 p.m. - 9:55 p.m.

Auburn players

10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp

12:15 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.

South Carolina players

How can I watch SEC Media Days?

Oh, Lord, please don’t. Just wait for the recap or social media reactions. But if you REALLY want to watch a bunch of dudes talk about their third-string left tackle or not answer questions about their job security, here goes:

TV: SEC Network

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My 5 favorite Mizzou road performances of the last 20 years

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From Lubbock to Athens.

As Pete Scantlebury settles in, I’m getting ready to head out the RMN door. So consider this a valedictory series of sorts. I’ve been in Columbia for just over 20 years and just over 20 football seasons. Time to list some of my favorite things from that time. So far we’ve looked at quarterbacks, Faurot Field crowds, and tight ends. Now let’s talk about leaving town.

Now, let me make something clear from the start: this is about the performance, not necessarily the magnitude of the game. If it were the latter, then obviously games like 2014 South Carolina would need to make the list; that was a huge game. It was also three-quarters of a horrible performance.

No, this is a list of the times Mizzou most vociferously made me say “DAMN!” in someone else’s stadium, probably followed by “I did not expect this!” In a good way.

5. 2010: Mizzou 30, Texas A&M 9

Mizzou had just entered the top 25 after shutting out Colorado to move to 5-0, but the Tiger offense was laboring at times. They eked by a bad Illinois, 23-13, and needed the Moe Miracle to beat San Diego State. Even against Colorado, the defense looked great, but the offense just eased ahead, beginning the game with a bunch of three-and-outs and only gaining 345 yards total.

The fan base was a little bit unsettled, then, when the Tigers went to College Station to face an A&M team that would beat Oklahoma a few weeks later and finish with nine wins.

The offense didn’t start incredibly well against A&M early on. Mizzou took a 6-0 lead on Blaine Gabbert’s short TD pass to Wes Kemp (and a blocked PAT), but those were the only points in Mizzou’s first five possessions. When they turned the ball over on downs in A&M territory early in the second quarter, it felt like the dam was about to break in the Aggies’ favor. But then...

  • Mizzou forces another punt (A&M’s fifth straight to start the game)
  • The offense drives 77 yards in 12 plays, and a 24-yard pass to Kemp sets up a short Kendial Lawrence score
  • A&M punts twice more, and Mizzou drives 59 yards in 91 seconds to set up a Grant Ressel field goal and 16-0 halftime lead.
  • A&M starts the second half by driving into Mizzou territory but is driven right back out after two sacks by Brad Madison.
  • Gabbert completes a 45-yarder to T.J. Moe to set up a 10-yard score to, once again, Kemp. 23-0.
  • A&M finally gets on the board with a field goal, but a big Marcus Murphy return and a 20-yard Moe score put the game away.

Mizzou took on an excellent team in road confines, gained 417 yards, and took a 27-point lead into the fourth quarter. Damn.

4. 2006: Mizzou 38, Texas Tech 21

Gary Pinkel teams usually enjoyed playing Mike Leach teams. A year before the Tigers destroyed Tech at home, they went to Lubbock and put together one of the wildest bursts you’ll ever see, going up 24-0 early in the second quarter, letting Tech creep to within 24-21, then putting the game away.

There were three “DAMN!” plays in this one:

  1. Xzavie Jackson’s leaping interception and return and to make it 17-0.
  2. William Moore’s pick six on the very next play. Mizzou had Graham Harrell so thrown that he had to be removed from the game for a minute.
  3. Chase Daniel’s hilarious, partially-stupid run at the 58-second or so mark of ZouDave’s highlight video.

3. 2008: Mizzou 52, Nebraska 17

I don’t even know how to describe this one. This game, and the 69-17 win over Nevada a couple of games earlier, were the peak of the Chase Daniel offense at Missouri. Mizzou could score whenever it wanted to, giving the ball to whoever it wanted to.

The peak, of course, means there’s nowhere to go but down, and Mizzou, up to third in the AP poll, was upset by Oklahoma State the very next week. But the ease of this win was stunning.

2. 2007: Mizzou 55, Colorado 10

The buzz out of Boulder heading into this game was that CU head coach Dan Hawkins wanted to take the fight to Daniel and company, playing as physically as possible and deploying single-high safety coverage. I remember thinking, “Wait, you’re going to play one safety deep? Against this team? Isn’t that the direct opposite of what you’re supposed to do?”

Daniel evidently thought the same thing.

  • Will Franklin caught passes of 72 and 37 yards.
  • Jeremy Maclin caught a 46-yard touchdown.
  • Jared Perry caught a 45-yarder.
  • Chase Coffman caught 25- and 23-yard touchdowns.
  • Danario Alexander caught a 31-yarder.

Admittedly, Mizzou was a bit frazzled at first. The Tigers scored just once on their first five drives, and an interception and blocked punt set up 10 Colorado points. But then Mizzou scored on eight of 10 possessions.

Daniel finished 26-for-44 for 421 yards and five touchdowns, and Coffman maybe did more Coffman things than he’d ever done before. This was one tight quarter, followed by maybe the three giddiest quarters I’ve ever seen from Mizzou on the road.

1. 2013: Mizzou 41, Georgia 26

I wrote about this game a bit last summer, too.

Let’s count the plot points from the 2013 Mizzou-Georgia game, one I called Mizzou’s No. 4 SEC moment so far.

1. After trading early punts, Georgia drives 86 yards and scores on a seven-yard pass from Aaron Murray to Brendan Douglas to take a 7-0 lead with 3:44 left in the first quarter.

2. Mizzou responds with an explosive 79-yard drive, capped by a five-yard James Franklin run, to tie the game before the end of the quarter.

3. Mizzou forces a three-and-out, and one pass to Washington sets up a scoring pass to Washington. 14-7, MU.

4. Tiger cornerback E.J. Gaines gets hurt. He will miss the next week’s battle with South Carolina (one in which Mizzou could have really used someone to cover Bruce Ellington).

5. Georgia kicks a field goal, but a 36-yard Marcus Murphy run on third-and-5 gives Mizzou a 21-10 lead with six minutes left in the half.

6. Shane Ray sacks Murray, and the ball bounces into Michael Sam’s hands. He returns it 21 yards for a score. 28-10. Georgia drives to the Mizzou 10 with 90 seconds left in the half, but Douglasfumbles, and Markus Golden recovers. Mizzou’s up 18 at half. The lead doesn’t feel even slightly safe.

7. A 57-yard J.J. Green run sets up a Dawg field goal to start the second half, and Mizzou’s offense has gone into a shell. The Tigers move the chains once in two drives, and Murray finds Rontavious Wooten for a seven-yard score to make it 28-20 to end the third quarter.

8. After another Mizzou punt, Georgia proceeds to drive 58 yards and scores on Murray-to-Chris Conley pass. The 2-point conversion is no good, but Mizzou’s lead is down to 28-26.

9. James Franklin gets hurt. He separates his shoulder and will miss the next month. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk enters the game and runs for six yards on third-and-six. One play later, he fires a backwards pass to Bud Sasser, who lobs the ball deep to a pretty well-covered Washington. Washington hauls in the 40-yard bomb despite defensive pass interference.

10. Andrew Baggett misses the PAT. Mizzou is up only 34-26. Still a one-possession game with 9:22 left. Gulp.

11. Mizzou’s defense stiffens. Golden sacks Murray to end one drive, and after Mizzou punts, Randy Ponder picks off a Murray pass at the UGA 39.

12. Mauk connects on a 20-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham, and one play later, Henry Josey dives into the end zone to ice a 41-26 win. Kentrell Brothers picks off a pass, and Mizzou finishes the game in victory formation.

This remains one of the best highlight packages Mizzou Network has ever thrown together:

And if you’d prefer to just watch the entire game on this fine Saturday morning, have at it.


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My 5 favorite Mizzou road performances of the last 20 years – Rock M Nation (blog)


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My 5 favorite Mizzou road performances of the last 20 years
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As Pete Scantlebury settles in, I'm getting ready to head out the RMN door. So consider this a valedictory series of sorts. I've been in Columbia for just over 20 years and just over 20 football seasons. Time to list some of my favorite things from ...


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10 Questions: Matter on Mizzou sports – STLtoday.com


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10 Questions: Matter on Mizzou sports
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MATTER: Football attendance is trending down across the nation. This is not unique to Mizzou, though it must be a concern for Sterk to see that a rebound season can't push ticket sales the following year. There's not a lot of excitement about a team ...


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Expectations vs. results for SEC Media Days player reps

Will Drew Lock be the first Missouri SEC Media Days rep to get named to the preseason first team at the same event at which he talked for like a million hours?

The 42 players chosen for Media Days duty get a lot of love on preseason teams, but do they live up to the hype?

Every media member who’s ever been to SEC Media Days has come to this moment.

You’re running out of time to fill out your preseason All-SEC ballots and you’ve come to...the offensive linemen.

You have no clue who the best five offensive linemen in the SEC are, so you nervously scroll up and down the list of 42 player representatives who have come all this way, put on fancy suits and sat through the torture chamber that is SEC Media Days and look for guys with “OL” next to their names.

Then you pick “Jon Halapio,” even though you literally had never heard his name until about 17 seconds prior.

That’s part of the reason coaches bring players to SEC Media Days, though: you want representatives who will play well in front of the cameras, won’t embarrass the school and who you can sway some overwhelmed sportswriters into putting on the preseason first or second All-SEC team just by mere virtue of them being there.

With this year’s list of player representatives coming out Wednesday — Missouri is bringing Drew Lock, Terry Beckner and Terez Hall, by the way — I wanted to look back at the 252 player reps that have come to media days since 2012 (when the league expanded) and see how many of them made the media’s preseason first or second teams...then saw how many ended up making the Associated Press first or second teams when the season was over.

And here...we...........go!

  • Preseason First Team Total: 74 (29.4%)
  • Preseason Second Team Total: 46 (18.3%)
  • Preseason Total: 120 (47.6%)

And then...

  • Postseason First Team Total: 51 (20.2%)
  • Postseason Second Team Total: 39 (15.5%)
  • Postseason Total: 90 (35.7%)

So if you’re a player that makes his way to SEC Media Days, you have almost a 50-50 shot of getting on the preseason first or second team...unless you play for Kentucky.

(I kid, I kid...but, really, I don’t.)

Then, as the season progresses, a net 30 of those guys drop off. Sure, some of it has to do with injury attrition and seasons just not panning out the way players would have liked, but some of it can also be chalked up to sportswriters defaulting to picks who are in the ballroom with them at the time.

Here’s a quick look through the years

2017

  • Preseason Total: 19 (12 first, 7 second)
  • Postseason Total: 19 (10 first, 9 second)
  • Notable Overrate: None, really. The media did a good job this year. All 12 of the media day reps who were on the preseason first team made either the first of second team in the postseason.
  • Notable Underrate: QB Drew Lock, Missouri. Present, but not included preseason. An SEC and school single-season touchdown pass record season later, he was a first-teamer.

2016

  • Preseason Total: 21 (10 first, 11 second)
  • Postseason Total: 17 (8 first, 9 second)
  • Notable Overrate: DB Cameron Sutton and LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee. Although it wasn’t really their faults. They both struggled with injuries that limited them to seven and four games, respectively.
  • Notable Underrate: C Jon Toth, Kentucky. A trend emerges. Kentucky players are underrated...and Tennessee players are overrated.

2015

  • Preseason Total: 20 (12 first, 8 second)
  • Postseason Total: 11 (9 first, 2 second)
  • Notable Overrate: DB Jonathan Jones, Auburn. ‘Twas a rough year for the media pickers. Jones was on all sorts of watch lists coming into the season but was pretty pedestrian throughout on a pretty bad Auburn defense.
  • Notable Underrate: DB Mike Hilton, Ole Miss. On the flip side, the Rebels safety played his way into second-team position with 70 tackles, 12.5 for loss and two picks.

2014

  • Preseason Total: 23 (16 first, 7 second)
  • Postseason Total: 14 (8 first, 6 second)
  • Notable Overrate: RS/AP Christion Jones, Alabama. Another rough year for the prognosticators, who were especially trigger happy with first-team slots for media day attendees. Jones was named first team as both a return specialist and all-purpose back but didn’t turn into a transformative player in either role.
  • Notable Underrate: LB Curt Maggitt. Came from off the preseason teams to a second-teamer thanks to 11 sacks. Then got invited again in 2015, put on the first team and sat out all but two games with injury. Media days giveth, and they taketh away.

2013

  • Preseason Total: 19 (12 first, 7 second)
  • Postseason Total: 18 (9 first, 9 second)
  • Notable Overrate: DB Craig Loston, LSU. Didn’t have a terrible year or anything, but battled a groin injury to end up with 57 tackles and three picks.
  • Notable Underrate: WR Jarvis Landry, LSU. Living in Odell Beckham’s shadow can’t be easy for Landry, but at least he got that media days shine the year after Beckham. Then put up 1,193 yards and 10 scores to get on the postseason second team.

2012

  • Preseason Total: 18 (12 first, 6 second)
  • Postseason Total: 11 (7 first, 4 second)
  • Notable Overrate: RB Knile Davis, Arkansas. Was a terror in 2010, then sat out 2011 but (obviously) had high expectations going into 2012. Ended up running for 3.4 yards a carry.
  • Notable Underrate: RB Mike Gillislee, Florida. About the only good thing going for a stereotypically poor Florida offense: He ran for 1152 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Now let’s look at the teams that have been notoriously over- and underrepresented when it comes to player reps getting All-SEC preseason love.

Preseason
Alabama — 14 (12 first, 2 second)
Auburn — 14 (9 first, 5 second)
Texas A&M — 13 (11 first, 2 second)
LSU — 13 (9 first, 4 second)
Florida — 11 (6 first, 5 second)
Georgia — 10 (8 first, 2 second)
Tennessee — 9 (4 first, 5 second)
Arkansas — 7 (5 first, 2 second)
South Carolina — 7 (3 first, 4 second)
Mississippi State — 7 (2 first, 5 second)
Ole Miss — 5 (3 first, 2 second)
Vanderbilt — 5 (1 first, 4 second)
Missouri — 3 (0 first, 3 second)
Kentucky — 2 (1 first, 1 second)

Postseason
Alabama — 12 (11 first, 1 second)
LSU — 10 (6 first, 4 second)
Auburn — 7 (5 first, 2 second)
Mississippi State — 7 (5 first, 2 second)
Texas A&M — 7 (5 first, 2 second)
Florida — 7 (4 first, 3 second)
Georgia — 7 (4 first, 3 second)
South Carolina — 7 (3 first, 4 second)
Vanderbilt — 7 (2 first, 5 second)
Ole Miss — 5 (2 first, 3 second)
Kentucky — 4 (2 first, 2 second)
Missouri — 4 (1 first, 3 second)
Tennessee — 4 (0 first, 4 second)
Arkansas — 2 (1 first, 1 second)

(Yes, if Lock, Beckner or Hall gets named to the All-SEC preseason first team, he will be the team’s first media days representative to earn that honor.)


And, finally (yes, I know I know, I’m leaving already, sheesh...), here’s a year-by-year breakdown, if you wanted it.

2017
Preseason First Team -- 12 (28.6%)
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
K Daniel Carlson, Auburn
OL Braden Smith, Auburn
DB Duke Dawson, Florida
OL Martez Ivey, Florida
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
RB Derrius Guice, LSU
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
DB Armani Watts, Texas A&M

Preseason Second Team -- 7 (16.7%)
C Bradley Bozeman, Alabama
DB Tray Matthews, Auburn
DE Christian LaCouture, LSU
OL Martinas Rankin, Mississippi St.
WR J’Mon Moore, Missouri
TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
OL Jashon Robertson, Tennessee

TOTAL -- 19 (45.2%)

Postseason First Team -- 10 (23.8%)
C Bradley Bozeman, Alabama
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
K Daniel Carlson, Auburn
OL Braden Smith, Auburn
LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
QB Drew Lock, Missouri
TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
DB Armani Watts, Texas A&M

Postseason Second Team -- 9 (21.4%)
C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
DB Duke Dawson, Florida
OL Martez Ivey, Florida
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
WR DJ Chark, LSU
RB Derrius Guice, LSU
DE Breeland Speaks, Ole Miss
OL Martinas Rankin, Mississippi St.
WR J’Mon Moore, Missouri

TOTAL -- 19 (45.2%)

2016
Preseason First Team -- 10 (23.8%)
DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama
DL Carl Lawson, Auburn
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
C Ethan Pocic, LSU
DB Tre’Davious White, LSU
QB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee
DB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

Preseason Second Team -- 11 (26.2%)
DL Montravious Adams, Auburn
LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
OL David Sharpe, Florida
C Brandon Kublanow, Georgia
DB Dominick Sanders, Georgia
TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss
WR Fred Ross, Mississippi St.
DL Charles Harris, Missouri
QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt

TOTAL -- 21 (50.0%)

Postseason First Team -- 8 (19.0%)
DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
DL Montravious Adams, Auburn
C Jon Toth, Kentucky
C Ethan Pocic, LSU
DB Tre’Davious White, LSU
TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss
WR Fred Ross, Mississippi St.
LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

Postseason Second Team -- 9 (21.4%)
TE OJ Howard, Alabama
DL Carl Lawson, Auburn
DB Marcus Maye, Florida
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
QB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
DL Charles Harris, Missouri
QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt

TOTAL -- 17 (40.5%)

2015
Preseason First Team -- 12 (28.6%)
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
OL Ryan Kelly, Alabama
DB Jonathan Jones, Auburn
DB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
OL John Theus, Georgia
LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
OL Vadal Alexander, LSU
TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss
QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi St.
AP Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
LB Curt Maggitt, Tennessee

Preseason Second Team -- 8 (19.0%)
QB Jeremy Johnson, Auburn
RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
DL Jonathan Bullard, Florida
LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU
K Elliott Fry, South Carolina
DB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
OL Mike Matthews, Texas A&M
OL Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

TOTAL -- 20 (47.6%)

Postseason First Team -- 9 (21.4%)
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
OL Ryan Kelly, Alabama
DL Jonathan Bullard, Florida
DB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
OL John Theus, Georgia
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
OL Vadal Alexander, LSU
QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi St.
WR Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

Postseason Second Team -- 2 (4.76%)
DB Mike Hilton, Ole Miss
LB Skai Moore, South Carolina

TOTAL -- 11 (26.2%)

2014
Preseason First Team – 16 (38.1%)
DB Landon Collins, Alabama
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
RS/AP Christion Jones, Alabama
QB Nick Marshall, Auburn
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn
DL Gabe Wright, Auburn
DL Dante Fowler, Florida
DB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia
OL La’el Collins, LSU
DB Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
LB AJ Johnson, Tennessee
DB Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M
P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
OL Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

Preseason Second Team – 7 (16.7%)
DL Trey Flowers, Arkansas
DL Bud Dupree, Kentucky
AP Terrence Magee, LSU
LB Bernardrick McKinney, Mississippi St.
QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi St.
DL Markus Golden, Missouri
OL AJ Cann, South Carolina

TOTAL – 23 (54.8%)

Postseason First Team – 8 (19.0%)
DB Landon Collins, Alabama
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn
DB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
DL Bud Dupree, Kentucky
OL La’el Collins, LSU
QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi St.
DB Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

Postseason Second Team – 6 (14.3%)
LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia
LB Bernardrick McKinney, Mississippi St.
OL AJ Cann, South Carolina
LB Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
OL Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
TE Steven Scheu, Vanderbilt

TOTAL – 14 (33.3%)

2013
Preseason First Team – 12 (28.6%)
LB CJ Mosley, Alabama
OL Anthony Steen, Alabama
DL Chris Smith, Arkansas
C Travis Swanson, Arkansas
DL Dominique Easley, Florida
TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia
DB Craig Loston, LSU
DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
AP Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

Preseason Second Team – 7 (16.7%)
QB AJ McCarron, Alabama
DE Dee Ford, Auburn
OL Jon Halapio, Florida
WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
OL Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
OL Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee
DB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

TOTAL – 19 (45.2%)

Postseason First Team – 9 (21.4%)
LB CJ Mosley, Alabama
OL Anthony Steen, Alabama
C Travis Swanson, Arkansas
DE Dee Ford, Auburn
TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia
DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

Postseason Second Team – 9 (21.4%)
DB Chris Davis, Auburn
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
LB Avery Williamson, Kentucky
WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
LB Andrew Wilson, Missouri
OL Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
OL Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee
DB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt
OL Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

TOTAL – 18 (42.9%)

2012
Preseason First Team – 12 (28.6%)
OL Barrett Jones, Alabama
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn
LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
OL Larry Warford, Kentucky
DB Eric Reid, LSU
DB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.
OL Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M
WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

Preseason Second Team – 6 (14.3%)
WR Emory Blake, Auburn
LB Jon Bostic, Florida
WR Odell Beckham, LSU
OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St.
DB DJ Swearinger, South Carolina
RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

TOTAL – 18 (42.9%)

Postseason First Team – 7 (16.7%)
OL Barrett Jones, Alabama
RB Mike Gillislee, Florida
LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
DB Eric Reid, LSU
DB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.
OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St.
OL Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

Postseason Second Team – 4 (9.52%)
OL Larry Warford, Kentucky
AP Ace Sanders, South Carolina
DB DJ Swearinger, South Carolina
RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

TOTAL – 11 (26.2%)


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MIZZOU ‘D” MAKING PROGRESS? – STLtoday.com


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MIZZOU 'D" MAKING PROGRESS?
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QUESTION: What's your read on MU football's defensive progress over the past six months? MATTER: Hard to say because my view of spring ball is limited to a few practices. And, it's spring ball. Not close to the same as the live bullets of the regular ...


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Eye on the Tigers – STLtoday.com


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Eye on the Tigers
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COMMENTS: I'm all for Drew Lock getting Heisman looks, but it seems to me that the legs of Crockett and Rountree could be the path to success for this football team. They obviously won't run the number of plays a game that they did under Heupel, but I ...


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HOW MANY FOOTBALL WINS IN 2018? – STLtoday.com


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HOW MANY FOOTBALL WINS IN 2018?
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QUESTION: Is this one of the better Mizzou football teams in recent memory? Or at least the more hyped ones? How many wins should we expect this season? MATTER: More hyped? I'm not sensing much hype. As I wrote earlier, there's no reason this team ...


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Eye on the Tigers – STLtoday.com


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Eye on the Tigers
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Missouri wide receiver Emanuel Hall celebrates a 49-yard reception with teammates during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Florida Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 45-16. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson).

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Ready for football? How about an updated Mizzou roster to tide you over – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Ready for football? How about an updated Mizzou roster to tide you over
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MUTigers.com dropped an updated roster for the 2018 Missouri football team, with newcomers and new numbers. Here are the freshmen's numbers, for your convenience: 1 — DB Tyrone Collins. 6 — RB Tyler Badie. 8 — WR Kam Scott. 8 — DB Jarvis Ware.


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Ready for football? How about an updated Mizzou roster to tide you over – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Ready for football? How about an updated Mizzou roster to tide you over
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MUTigers.com dropped an updated roster for the 2018 Missouri football team, with newcomers and new numbers. Here are the freshmen's numbers, for your convenience: 1 — DB Tyrone Collins. 6 — RB Tyler Badie. 8 — WR Kam Scott. 8 — DB Jarvis Ware.


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Ready for football? How about an updated Mizzou roster to tide you over

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. The football beast is starting to awaken, and we’ve got an updated roster to prove it.

MUTigers.com dropped an updated roster for the 2018 Missouri football team, with newcomers and new numbers.

Here are the freshmen’s numbers, for your convenience:

1 — DB Tyrone Collins

6 — RB Tyler Badie

8 — WR Kam Scott

8 — DB Jarvis Ware

9 — RB/WR Jalen Knox (listed as RB but belief is that he’ll play WR)

13 — WR Khmari Thompson

15 — DE Trajan Jeffcoat

16 — LB Gerald Nathan, Jr.

17 — DB Chris Mills

20 — RB Simi Bakare

28 — DL Jatorian Hansford

32 — LB Nick Bolton

33 — LB Chad Bailey

40 — LB Cameron Wilkins

52 — DL Daniel Parker

64 — OL Bobby Lawrence

72 — OL Xavier Delgado

73 — OL Mike Ruth

76 — OL Javon Foster

80 — TE Messiah Swinson

86 — WR Chritauskie Dove

Also, Oregon safety transfer Khalil Oliver will wear No. 20. The only freshman not listed on the roster at this point is receiver Danny Gray.

2. Another installment of the Drew Lock-umentary.

This time, the series running on both MUTigers.com and PowerMizzou.com focuses on down-to-earth Drew Lock on a more personal level.

More good stuff in this installment, but I’ve gotta say, the best part for me was this throwaway story on Norm Stewart:

Actually, Lock wasn’t even the biggest name in the joint on this night. Missouri basketball legend Norm Stewart was striding toward a table of 10 with a glass of wine in each hand.

”You drinking double-fisted tonight, Norm,” a patron asked.

Stewart responded: “You would think a person would recognize when a real gentleman is carrying his wife’s drink along with his own.”

My God, just a soul-crushing burn by Norm. I’d be re-evaluating my life if I was on the receiving end of that one. You go from what you think is a light-hearted joke in front of your pals to having your very character destroyed.

And then it’s recounted in an article, some time later, which isn’t even about Norm Stewart!

Savage.

3. More potential honors for Karissa Schweizer

Missouri’s greatest track star ever won just about everything she could during her time in Columbia, and she’s up for another collegiate honor.

This time, she’s a candidate for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year.

The field for this race, however, is a bit more crowded:

Schweizer is one of a record 581 female college athletes up for the 2018 award.

A lot of competition, but Schweizer is a very worthy candidate for this award.


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Mizzou basketball’s home game against the Utah Utes has been rescheduled – Kansas City Star


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Mizzou basketball's home game against the Utah Utes has been rescheduled
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The Missouri basketball team's home game against Utah has been pushed back a season and will occur during the Tigers' 2019-2020 campaign, according to Utes assistant coach Andy Hill. The Utes, who beat Mizzou 77-59 in Salt Lake City last season for ...


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POLL! Which individual football season was most deserving of a Heisman?

Drew Lock’s Heisman campaign is in full swing, so we’re looking back on past Heisman-worthy campaigns

As Pete has pointed out for two days in a row, Drew Lock’s Heisman campaign - and the personal #ProfileSZN that goes with it - is in full swing. Lock’s return to Columbia is generating a lot of hope among the Mizzou faithful, and the university is capitalizing on it by hyping that Lock could become the program’s first Heisman Trophy winner.

However, Lock isn’t the first player who’s ever had a Heisman-level season. For our weekly poll, we asked which player from Mizzou Football past was most worthy of college football’s highest individual honor.

The results were... overwhelming, to say the least:

The ensuing replies echoed the poll’s clear sentiment:

No arguments here, Mr. Bearded Ceramic Man.

While the argument probably isn’t as clear-cut as presented here, it does look like Daniel deserved more serious consideration more than a decade removed.

Well, technically you can vote against him. I mean, I did! But there’s no doubt Daniel was probably Mizzou’s best shot at the award so far this century.

Even though the Twitter poll has wrapped up, we still want to know: Which individual football season was most worthy of a Heisman Trophy?

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How do Cuonzo Martin teams perform versus expectations?

Many will look at last season as a year in which the Tigers overachieved. What about this year?

The preseason expectations for the Missouri Tigers last year were much higher than they would have been had we known what they’d actually get from Michael Porter Jr. Without MPJ, though, Missouri held serve for its preseason expectations, in a way exceeding them.

Expectations are a funny thing, often driven from some weird combination of recent history, returning production, and guesswork.

We’re still some months away from official prognostications on the forthcoming season, so maybe it’s only time to prepare for the expectations.

In a lot of ways, Cuonzo Martin is still a young coach, one still learning and adjusting. We saw early evidence this season when the Tigers changed their offensive approach from what Martin has been known for in the past. Missouri shot 45.6% of its field goals from behind the arc, and no previous Martin-coached team had even come close to 40%.

So he’s capable of adjustment, and this next version of the Tigers is going to need some adjustment, as they’re looking to replace not only nearly 50% of their overall production, but also 65% of their 3-point makes with the loss of Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett. With Jontay Porter returning, it saved Cuonzo’s bacon a little bit.

So with our understanding of how the Ken Pomeroy rankings, pre- and postseason, fit into Martin’s history, how do we factor in returning production?

Does Martin fare better or worse when he’s got something he can rely on?

Again, I’m not sure you can really glean any patterns from this. For those who aren’t familiar, OV% is a rudimentary stat I use in my previews. It’s basically a player’s points and assists minus turnovers as a percentage of the overall team production.

I find it interesting that Martin seems to perform well against lower expectations, and doesn’t always meet expectations when they’re there ... historically.

  • Last season Missouri returned a lot of production, but it was from a horrible team that only won eight games. So the 75% returning OV% is a little misleading as an overall statistic. Still, the Tigers went from eight wins to 20 and improved their preseason KenPom rating by 41 spots.
  • This was only bested by Martin’s first season in Tennessee, where the Vols returned just 32% of their overall production following the ouster of Bruce Pearl. Martin took that team and improved its KenPom rating by 45 spots.

Yet when there was an expectation to be good, Martin’s teams basically fell short.

  • Tennessee returned nearly 65% of its production the next season and won only one more game, while tumbling in the KenPom ratings by nearly 50 spots.
  • His third season at Missouri State was a crowning achievement from a lot of angles, but the the Bears were basically who they were expected to be, if only a little bit worse.
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The exception to this rule is Martin’s second Cal team. They returned nearly 80% of their production and added two five-star freshmen and proceeded to earn a four-seed in the NCAA tournament. They dropped only a couple games they should have won, but most remember them for their first-round NCAA exit to Hawaii, ignoring the fact that the Golden Bears were missing Tyrone Wallace and Jabari Bird while Jaylen Brown struggled with fouls. So three of their top five scorers were M.I.A. — that certainly puts a cloud on the end of that season.

Still, that was actually Cal’s best seed going into an NCAA tournament, so I would say the expectations from before the season were pretty spot on. A preseason No. 14 ranking turned into a protected seed and a top-25 finish.

So where does that leave Missouri next season?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Probably the wrong conclusion, but it’s really hard to say. The data above seems to say lower expectations might help Cuonzo Martin and allow him to surpass them. Don’t expect Missouri to be rated higher than maybe eighth in the league in the preseason. Porter’s return increases expectations compared to where they would have been, so the team should be hoping for another NCAA bid.


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Drew Lock’s Mizzou recruitment had some late intrigue

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Like I wrote yesterday, it’s #ProfileSZN, and the first one is going to be a long one. Brian Neuner, in a special released on both PowerMizzou.com and MUTigers.com, is taking a serial look at Drew Lock, starting with his upbringing and recruitment in Part One (of five).

Beyond all the normal stuff — athletic family, basketball player, competitor, etc. — the most interesting part of the first installment was Michigan’s late recruitment of Lock, after he committed to Missouri in April 2014.

Via Neuner’s profile:

Drew had already completed his senior football season, so Harbaugh’s only chance to watch this quarterback recruit was during the basketball season. Appreciating Harbaugh’s passion for football and his aggressive style, Drew was intrigued. He verbally committed to Missouri, but national letter of intent signing day was still to come, and recruiting is never over until the letter is signed.

They talked at length several times. Harbaugh knew exactly where to apply pressure and create doubt.

”I really liked Coach Harbaugh, but he was trying to get me to change my mind,” Drew said. “He told me I would never make it to the NFL if I went to Missouri. He said he would be the best coach to groom me for the NFL.”

Jim Harbaugh, stand-up guy.

I know, I know. A lot of coaches on the recruiting trail will say things like this. But why say something so patently false? Three of Missouri’s four previous starting quarterbacks at that time were currently in the NFL at the time (December 2014/January 2015): Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert.

I also found that section interesting given where the story is running — in addition to PowerMizzou, it’s on Missouri’s official athletics web site. Usually, you don’t see content that paints another coach or team in a negative light on an official athletics site. Not any big deal, but that jumped out to me.

Looking forward to the ensuing four parts of this Drew Lock series.


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Mizzou announces player representatives at SEC Media Days

And it’s pretty much who you’d thought it would be

In a not-very surprising move, Missouri announced its player representatives for SEC Mediay Days in Atlanta next week.

I don’t think anyone will complain about these guys not being deserving:

That would be defensive tackle Terry Beckner, Jr., linebacker Terez Hall and quarterback Drew Lock.

An aside: Can we discuss for a moment how badass it is that Beckner doesn’t trifle with social media? Dude already has too much swagger, wearing No. 5 as a defensive tackle, taking back interceptions and moonlighting on offense. Destroying offensive linemen takes time, folks, and Terry ain’t got time for Twitter.

No snubs here, in my book anyway. All three are seniors. Cale Garrett led the team in tackles last year, but he’s a year younger than Hall and he’ll likely have his moment as a player rep next summer.

SEC Media Days begin on Monday, July 16 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Missouri’s day is Wednesday, July 18.


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All three are seniors. Cale Garrett led the team in tackles last year, but he's a year younger than Hall and he'll likely have his moment as a player rep next summer. SEC Media Days begin on Monday, July 16 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
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My 5 favorite Mizzou tight ends of the last 20 years

Chase Coffman

A lot of Mizzou’s best seasons were defined by tight end play.

As Pete Scantlebury settles in, I’m getting ready to head out the RMN door. So consider this a valedictory series of sorts. I’ve been in Columbia for just over 20 years and just over 20 football seasons. Time to list some of my favorite things from that time. So far we’ve looked at quarterbacks and Faurot Field crowds. Now let’s explore Tight End U.

I almost wanted to try to make a fullbacks list, too, just so I could wax poetic about Rhino Ron Janes and Joe Chirumbolo. Hey, maybe I still will. But let’s stick with the pass catchers for now.

There’s a special spot on the list for the guys with That One Big Catch.

  • J.D. McCoy nearly destroyed his knee catching an awkwardly-thrown ball from Brad Smith on fourth down to save a Mizzou comeback against Middle Tennessee in 2003. If he doesn’t make that catch that season maybe never gets off the ground.
  • Victor Sesay caught the fake field goal attempt from Sonny Riccio against Nebraska, just three weeks later.
  • And of course, Eric Waters caught the play-action rollout to ice the Texas A&M, and SEC East, win in 2013.

Five tight ends stand out from a “they caught a lot more than That One Pass” perspective, though.

5. Dwayne Blakley (1998-2001)

Good enough to stick in the pros for a bit (he caught 21 passes for the Atlanta Falcons over four seasons), Blakley deserved better. He caught a huge touchdown pass late in the eventually gut-wrenching loss to Texas A&M in 1998 (one of only five catches he made as a redshirt freshman), then watched as the offense fell apart around him following Corby Jones’ and Devin West’s respective departures.

He caught 22 passes for a disastrous 1999 offense, then caught 18 during Larry Smith’s ill-fated desperation move to the spread. Then, in 2001, he served as a capable, interesting No. 2 option to Justin Gage as Gary Pinkel attempted to find his footing. If his career begins a couple of years earlier, he potentially plays a key role on that 1997 team. If it begins a couple of years later, he has the chance to make a big impact on the first couple of Brad Smith offenses. But No. 85 looked the part and had a few memorable moments.

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Dwayne Blakley

4. Michael Egnew (2008-11)

Camp out in a hole in the zone, and wait for a Blaine Gabbert fastball to come your way. That worked pretty well for the Plainview, Tex., native who went from catching seven passes in his first two seasons to 90 in his third.

He first had to wait behind Mackey Award winner Chase Coffman, then watched as Danario Alexander served as a de facto tight end in a lot of situations in 2009. But in 2010, as Mizzou reinvented its offense around Gabbert, T.J. Moe, an impressive run game, and a really impressive defense, Egnew’s possession powers came in handy. He had 13 catches for 145 yards in the eventual miracle win over San Diego State, and he had 10 more in the “DAMN!” inducing 30-9 win at Texas A&M. Perhaps most impressively, he managed seven catches ... for eight yards in the win over Oklahoma. How does a tight end even do that??

Egnew caught 140 passes over his final two seasons. He didn’t exactly go up the seam for a big gain all that often (though he did have six catches for 105 yards against Iowa State as a senior), but he played a serious, important efficiency role.

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Michael Egnew

3. Albert Okwuegbunam (2017-?)

Subject to change, obviously, but what a first impression. Mizzou fans headed into 2017 wondering what production they could expect from tight ends Jason Reese and Kendall Blanton; those two managed only 11 combined catches, though they produced 302 yards and four scores in the process.

Instead, a redshirt freshman stole the show. Eventually. Okwuegbunam caught just seven balls for 102 yards and two scores during Mizzou’s 1-5 start but provided two major bursts the rest of the season. He caught a combined eight passes for 91 yards, with an incredible five touchdowns, in wins over Idaho and UConn, and after a couple of quiet games he caught 10 for 179 and four more scores in the road wins over Vanderbilt and Arkansas. Almost overnight, he became just about the best red zone weapon in the country.

Listed at 6’5, 260 pounds, Albert O almost looks even bigger; he looks the part of an old-school, Blakley-style tight end but was a massive difference-maker in Josh Heupel’s new-school spread. We’ll see what he does for an encore.

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Albert Okwuegbunam

2. Martin Rucker (2004-07)

The top two are obvious, and picking between them is like choosing your favorite child. Rucker was a difference-maker even before his first game; the St. Joseph product was a key signee in Gary Pinkel’s 2003 class, choosing the home-state school over his brother Mike’s alma mater, Nebraska.

The elder Rucker, the Wistroms (Grant and Tracey), etc., were key pieces when it came to propping NU up with elite talent and keeping it away from Mizzou, but Pinkel managed to start keeping guys of that caliber in-state. He kept guys like Tony Temple and Chase Coffman away from Kansas State, too, and Mizzou was soon playing at a higher level than either program.

Rucker was a leader on the field, too, though. Obviously. He caught 19 passes as a redshirt freshman in 2004, then caught 47 in Mizzou’s new-fangled 2005 spread. He was a “We are NOT losing this game” vocal leader on the sidelines of Mizzou’s stirring Independence Bowl comeback, and when Mizzou’s offense erupted with Chase Daniel behind center, he did, too: he caught 53 passes with five touchdowns in 2006, then caught 84 with eight scores in 2007. He even got involved in the ground game, carrying 14 times as a senior (mostly early in the year). That 2007 team had many face-of-the-program types, but Rucker was absolutely one of them.

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Martin Rucker

1. Chase Coffman (2005-08)

Six former Tigers caught at least 180 passes in their careers, and the list is a who’s-who of Mizzou heavyweights: Jeremy Maclin (182), Moe (188), Alexander (191), Gage (200), Rucker (203). Granted, Maclin did his damage in two years and would have only needed one more to park the record pretty far out there. Plus, the new redshirt rules that are getting implemented this fall (where you can play four games and hold onto your RS) would have saved Justin Gage from Larry Smith’s disastrous, desperate late-1999 redshirt pull and would have given him another season to load up on receptions.

Still, Coffman is in first place on this list by 44 catches. He did more damage, for a longer period of time, than any Mizzou pass target ever. And he did it with flair.

Dude was hurdling defenders before hurdling defenders was cool. I’m not sure any Mizzou player has ever made me whoop out loud more than No. 45.

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In a hallway of the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex, Drew Lock, the once and future savior of the Missouri football program, sat by himself with his head in his hands. When an assistant coach came upon him and asked what was wrong, the freshman ...
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Get ready for the Drew Lock profiles

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Did you know Drew Lock was a basketball player?

While that lead has some sarcasm attached — please don’t let this take over each game like the Charles Harris/basketball factoid — this is a good read on Mizzou’s QB1 from Jason Kersey of The Athletic. The article is behind a paywall.

I covered Lock’s recruitment extensively, and it was interesting that, early on, there was some legitimate thought that basketball would play a role in his eventual commitment. I believe Oklahoma was the first school to offer him in both football and basketball; Missouri, under Frank Haith, also offered Lock in basketball.

It’s unrealistic to think that a starting SEC quarterback could also play basketball, but hey, Oklahoma’s starting quarterback will be making millions of dollars this fall.

Also from Kersey, who’s making the radio rounds ahead of SEC Media Days:

I do not disagree with this. Even with Dan Mullen, Florida still isn’t Florida. Tennessee will very much be a work in progress. Missouri has the talent and returning to production to make a run in the East this year. The Tigers are in a very similar position to South Carolina, but Drew Lock, in my opinion, gives them a leg up.

2. More smoke rising out west of Kansas City

And I am here for this:

Kansas tacitly acknowledges being subpoenaed in ongoing federal basketball investigation (via Pat Forde, Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports)

(Editor’s note: Yes, this probably should be the lead item on a relatively slow Mizzou news day, but I will never lead a links story with mention of the team out West.)

Also, this — again from the Yahoo! Sports article:

In response to a request for comment Monday, a University of Kansas spokesman referred Yahoo Sports to an earlier statement regarding the indictment that identified Kansas as a victim and expressed confidence that the school’s staff followed the rules.

Excuse me for a moment, it seems during my eyeballs have rolled right out of my head.

3. Save us, Barry Odom. You’re our only hope

This is more of a recap from the big Jim Sterk Q&A that led the Tuesday Links, but Ben Fredrickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sums up that wide-ranging interview session best in this column.

Basically, all the budget issues — the deficit, tapping into reserves, expanding expenses — can all be solved by a resurgent year on the football field.

Via BenFred:

What is better than pinching pennies, Sterk agreed, is fielding a football team that truly moves the needle. This team should do that. Yet early feedback is mixed.

Good news: Donations to Mizzou’s annual scholarship fund have increased after a record-setting last year. And 1,000 new football season ticket holders are on board.

Concerning news: Football season ticket sales, overall, are down from this point last year. If that doesn’t change, this could become the third consecutive season that Mizzou has played in front of a smaller average home crowd than the season before.

There’s also some more #OdomContent, via Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. It comes pretty far down in his latest Mellinger’s Minutes.

Here’s the money quote, but Mellinger has some good thoughts and comparison’s on Odom’s expectations entering this season:

My bet would be that Odom and Mizzou have a nice fall. I believe that coaches and athletes reveal their worth in times of crisis, so I believe Odom has shown significant chops already and now has his most talented team.


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Mizzou’s ‘not in the poorhouse’ but has some budget work to do

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk covers all topics

Whew. Where to even start in this comprehensive, wide-ranging question-and-answer session that Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk conducted with reporters on Monday? The transcription from Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com is thorough, to say the least. Aaron Reiss of the Kansas City Star had his own version of the Q&A, too. Also, here is Columbia Daily Tribune writer Cameron Teague-Robinson’s write-up.

I’m not going to take too much from what’s been written, so please make sure you read the full stories from the writers who conducted the interview with Sterk.

  • The revenue issue seems convoluted but troublesome. I’m not going to even act like I’m an expert on major college athletic department budgets, but Sterk told reporters the budget deficit has grown over what’s been reported. Sterk did go on to say that he’s “hopeful” they can balance it this year.
  • There are over 1,000 NEW season ticket holders for football, but that doesn’t mean season tickets are up. In fact, Sterk said, season ticket numbers are down “at this point.” Meanwhile, Sterk said they’re being more aggressive in basketball season ticket renewals and believes they can approach the numbers from 2017-2018, even with one fewer Porter on the roster.
  • Sterk continues to be supportive of Barry Odom and his staff, but he didn’t answer any pointed questions directly. I’m not going to guess whether it’s “athletic director”-speak or deflection, but the questions on necessary improvement are interesting.

Again, this is about as wide-ranging a Q&A as you can get, so I’d recommend you’d read the whole transcription at PowerMizzou.com, plus the articles from the Kansas City Star and Columbia Daily Tribune.

2. Who is Missouri’s biggest rival, and who do you WANT to be Missouri’s biggest rival?

There’s a part in the Sterk interview where he addresses the Jeff Long-to-Kansas move, and Missouri’s on-going rivalries. I’m sure this has been discussed here a ton, but I’m interested in what you think.

Two questions. The first — who is Missouri’s current biggest rival across all sports? This means they actively play each other.

And the second — who do you WANT Missouri’s biggest rival to be?

If you selected “other” for either poll, let me here your thoughts in the comments.

3. Frank the Tank gets a start and a win in the CFL

I missed this in the links from Monday, but my personal favorite former Missouri quarterback, James Franklin, led the Toronto Argonauts to a 20-17 win against his former team, the Edmonton Eskimos, over the weekend.

Franklin’s stat line wasn’t gaudy (16-24 passing, 217 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 6 carries, 31 yards, 1 TD rushing), but he worked with Toronto running back James Wilder, Jr. (Hey, that name sounds familiar!) in the win.

Check out Franklin’s highlights below, courtesy of CFL Insider.

And here’s the post-game interview with Franklin, from the Toronto Argonauts’ YouTube channel. Franklin sounds exactly the same, and man, it looks like he hasn’t aged at all. Great to see him doing well in America’s Hat.


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