Boatload of Big 12 links and reflections coming later in the day. For now, here's a mostly Mizzou-specific Mizzou links.
Also: congrats to Jeremy Maclin for yesterday's touchdown. If only he could play quarterback...
Mizzou Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook
I’m not sure if Josey will become MU’s featured runner when Kendial Lawrence returns from a bruised shoulder, but the freshman made his case for a bigger role in the offense. He runs out of the same one-back and motion formations as the other backs, but compared to his competition for carries, Josey appears to get north and south with a more direct path—and with unmatched speed. The last time he was timed in the 40-yard dash — before he arrived at MU this summer — Josey said he was clocked at 4.38 seconds. I tweeted this during the game, but after his 62-yard scamper to the end zone — MU’s longest run from scrimmage since Tony Temple’s 65-yarder in the 2006 Sun Bowl — dare we say he’s the fastest back to play for Pinkel in his 10 years at MU?
Pinkel was quick to tone down the Josey gush machine at work after the game — "Let’s not build any statues yet," he said — but the Tigers appeared to have uncovered a new weapon Saturday night, even if those 16 yards per carry came against an FCS opponent.
Funny how things work out sometimes: If Derrick Washington doesn’t get booted from the team and if Lawrence doesn’t injure his shoulder against Illinois, who’s to say we’re even talking about Josey after Saturday’s win?
The Missourian: Freshman quarterback gets first playing time
Franklin, whose speech was peppered with "yes ma’am" and "no, sir," was the picture of calm excitement after the game. Going six for eight for 25 yards, the young quarterback scored one rushing touchdown and fumbled twice. He knew his performance had been acceptable—he gave himself a grade of C+ overall—but he was also more than aware of what he must do to improve in a more competitive game situation.
"You want to get some experience, you know, get in the flow of things so that everything’s not as pressured when I go in," Franklin said. "If that’s the case, then I’ll be happy to do that."
Pressured was probably the adjective that least described the situation when Franklin entered the game in the third quarter, with Missouri holding a 43-0 lead over McNeese State. Franklin said that he did not feel nervous coming into the game, though the noise of the sea of gold-decked fans sandwiched into the student section mere yards from his left side did startle him.
"The first play when I went out there, I kind of looked around at the crowd a little more than I needed to," Franklin said.
- KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: First half highlights from Missouri's 50-6 win over McNeese State
- KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Second half highlights from Missouri's 50-6 win over McNeese State
KC Star: This is the best of times for Missouri's Carl Gettis
Big 12 Links
College Football Talk: 'Worse than 50-50' Buffs join Pac-10 in '11
Mizzou Volleyball Links
Mizzou 3, Tennessee Tech 0
MUtigers.com: Tigers Open WKU Invite with Sweep
KBIA Sports Extra: Volleyball downs Tennessee Tech in WKU Invite opener
Western Kentucky 3, Mizzou 1
MUtigers.com: Tigers Suffer First Loss of 2010
Mizzou 3, Central Arkansas 0
MUtigers.com: Tigers Rebound, Sweep Central Arkansas
Virginia Tech 3, Mizzou 0
MUtigers.com: Volleyball Stumbles Against Virginia Tech
Mizzou Basketball Links
The Trib (Steve Walentik): Big 12 programs get a jump on recruiting
Other Mizzou Links