First things First:
Post-Dispatch: Ratliffe admitted to MU, hopes to enroll soon
Ratliffe, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Central Florida Community College, was one of the nation's most coveted junior college players. He said he wished he could have been done and in Columbia by now but laughed and added, "But it's better than missing a whole year."
Ratliffe said he had not signed up for classes yet at MU but expected to do so upon arrival. The last day to add classes for the 16-week fall term is Monday, according to the registrar's office.
After initially saying Ratliffe was enrolled, the office now says he was admitted but not enrolled.
One down, one much more difficult challenge to go. Now, to football.
Practice Reports and Depth Chart Changes
The Trib (Dave Matter): Back for more
As for Ebner, in the aftermath of his arrest Sunday morning, he was not available for interviews. He’s also working with the No. 3 defense, slotted behind Jeff Gettys in the middle. Pinkel would not say whether Ebner would be available for the Illinois game on Sept. 4. "I don’t discuss any disciplinary things," Pinkel said, "We’ll have a roster come out."
On the disciplinary front, two offensive linemen are no longer with the team for undisclosed disciplinary issues: sophomore OG Daniel Jenkins and sophomore OT Taylor Davis.Now for some depth chart changes. In no particular order, freshman RG Mitch Morse is up to No. 2 behind starter Austin Wuebbels, a good indication that he could play this season.
PowerMizzou: Final week of camp opens up
*Kendial Lawrence broke off a huge run off right guard that would have amounted to about a 55-yard touchdown. While De'Vion Moore watches in a red jersey, Lawrence is laying full claim to the No. 2 tailback job (where he is now listed ahead of Moore, not even).
*L'Damian Washington continues to be good for a highlight play a day. Today, it was a five-yard touchdown in the back corner of the end zone over Carl Gettis. Great throw from James Franklin.
- PowerMizzou: August 24th practice photos
MUtigers.com Blog: Tigers Back From Break, Jackson Upgraded to Possible for Illinois Game
During 7 on 7, Rolandis Woodland made a catch from B. Gabbert for a 5 yard gain as he headed into the sidelines. Blaine Gabbert then made a pass to WR T.J. Moe who grabbed the ball but was immediately tackled by LB Zaviar Gooden. QB James Franklin also had a great pass that went long to WR Bud Sasser with an instant tackle by Kenronte Walker. Franklin then threw a touchdown pass to Sasser which helped the offense stay in the game. Next, QB Jimmy Costello threw a pass intended for WR Jaleel Clark, but instead DB Trey Hobson intercepted in the endzone on a play where the athletic Hobson made a nice read and he leaped high to haul it in. B. Gabbert came back into the game and threow a touchdown pass to WR Wes Kemp, and then another amazing touchdown pass to TE Michael Egnew who had a great catch while being highly covered. TB Marcus Murphy had a great catch when he caught a low pass by J. Costello that nearly touched the ground. The defense continues to block the offense from scoring any more points as DB Carl Gettis makes great coverage against WR L'Damian Washington. The defense wins this set 42-40.
KC Star (Campus Corner): Mizzou Could Welcome Jerrell Jackson Back for Illinois Game
Jerrell Jackson - the wide receiver who last season caught more passes for Missouri than any player on the current Missouri football roster - may come back from a fractured wrist in time for Missouri’s Sept. 4 season-opening game after all.
"It’s certainly a question mark now," said Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel after a Tuesday practice in which Jackson - with a cast on his left wrist that left his fingers exposed - not only took part in some limited receiving drills but actually caught a pass. "It’s a possibility."
Jackson said a gambler might not want to place a big bet that he would be back for the Illinois game, but Jackson it would be a bad bet either.
"That could be pushing it," he said. "But I want to be back."
In other news involving an injured receiver, Pinkel of freshman Jimmie Hunt, "most likely we’re going to redshirt him."
Hunt was out of the protective boot he has worn for more than a week, since he suffered a high ankle sprain in Missouri’s opening scrimmage of August. But it was obvious Hunt could not yet cut on the left-ankle injury, nor run full out.
- KC Star (Campus Corner): Ebner dropped to third-string linebacker
- Post-Dispatch: No starters change in new depth chart
- Fox Sports MW: Tiger camp notebook: August 24
Mizzou Football Links
- MUtigers.com: Kickoff 4-Pack for Home Opener Available Friday
PowerMizzou: Gettis looks for redemption in senior season
"It's time for the defense to step up and make plays," he said. "A lot of people, I feel like they overlook us. We have what it takes, we have the talent to come out and show a lot of people we're one of the top defenses in the Big 12."
Gettis had a strong spring and it has continued into the first three weeks of camp in August. He credits, in part, a more aggressive pass coverage scheme Missouri plans to employ this year.
"In the past maybe we've done some stuff where we played off, but this year, the key is we're getting to be a lot more aggressive," Gettis said. "We're gonna have a lot more opportunities this year and it's gonna be up to us to make those plays."
- Fox Sports MW: T.J. Moe learns as he goes
- The Missourian: Missouri's defensive tackles take pride in power
- Post-Dispatch: No foe is too large for Mizzou's diminutive Kendial Lawrence
- PowerMizzou: Tiger recruiting mailbag
- The Trib: NEWCOMER PROFILE: RB Henry Josey
Big Red Network: What's Scary About Missouri?
- The Trib: Danario Alexander now is catching up with St. Louis
And of course, Coug Center has its latest post in the Offensive Playbook series: Spread Offense 201.
Big 12 Links
College Football Talk: '11 Colorado-Ohio St. game set; Buffs to get $1.4 million
BuffZone.com: CU Buffs still plan to remain in Big 12 two years, join Pac-12 in 2012
College Football Talk: Former UCLA chancellor to Colorado, Utah: You shall not pass
Manhattan Mercury: Joe Bob Clements believes KSU defense can be better (well, good ... if a member of the coaching staff doesn't, who would?)
Dr. Saturday: Final takes: Nebraska comes full circle, quarterback willing
Houston Chronicle: Longhorns value size, intimidating presence of Kheeston Randall
Blatant Homerism: Peter Bean Podcast: Wading Across the Red River
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: From Coach T.J. to Chef T.J.?
The Maneater: Tiger volleyball primed to make Big 12 Championship run (I ... love ... the optimism?)