We start with recruiting news: granted, a certain basketball commit from the weekend visitor list would be the best news, but this is pretty good: Houston DE Terrance Lloyd is a Tiger. He's the 15th known commitment for Mizzou and the 3rd Texas DE on the list (though I wouldn't be shocked if Marvin Foster ended up a DT...actually I'd be surprised if he didn't), strangely enough.
Another recruiting link: Ashton Glaser's ready to compete at Mizzou. Good to know. And yes, Beef, it's A-s-h-t-o-n (like Demi Cougar Moore's boy) G-l-a-s-e-r (like, uhh, the donut?).
- Mutigers.com has the official release: "Tiger Head Coach Gary Pinkel definitely has a history with Nevada, however, as he went 3-0 versus the Wolfpack and their coach, Chris Ault, while at Toledo. His Rockets defeated Nevada twice in the 1995 season, winning a 49-35 game at Nevada early in the year, and then claiming a 40-37 overtime win that same season in the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl. That game had historical significance, as it was the first-ever overtime game played in Division I, after the new rule had been placed into effect just prior to bowl season that year. Toledo also took a 31-13 win over Nevada in Toledo in 1997."
- An injury update from Pinkel: "William Moore will be in a red pullover tomorrow practicing. That protects him to let players know he has an issue or problem, and they react accordingly. He's looking pretty good, but we'll see tomorrow for sure. (SR Defensive Back) Tru Vaughns has a turned ankle, he is questionable right now."
- That's right, Danario Alexander is off the injured list.
- The Missourian looks at what Nevada has to offer: "The plan on the other side of the ball is for the Tigers to find a way to stop Nevada's fifth-ranked rushing offense. The Wolf Pack will play without last year's Western Athletic Conference rushing champion, Luke Lippincott, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL tear."
Here's a big duh: William Moore's return will help the secondary.
It's Like Father, Unlike Son!
Pinkel and Eberflus aren’t very concerned with Missouri’s sagging pass defense stats. Through two weeks, the Tigers are last in the Big 12, giving up 350.5 yards per game. Pinkel pointed out two factors that can sometimes throw off passing numbers: “When you get out to a huge lead in games, people throw the ball more. And when you’re good at stopping the run, people are going to throw the ball more.” Eberflus has always said the stats he looks at most are scoring defense (the Tigers are ninth in the league), rushing defense (fourth) and turnover margin (second). Stats are pretty hollow this time of year, especially when Missouri’s the only Big 12 team that’s played a BCS bowl team from a year ago. Still, some of those SEMO receivers were mighty open.
Gary Pinkel "has his reasons" for burning Blaine Gabbert's redshirt. Just don't ask him if he's preparing for next year.
Caitlyn Vann: Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
This is a bit old now, but Max Scherzer's ridiculous '11 K's, 1 BB' performance against the Dodgers the other day shouldn't go without mention...