With the explosion of content we ended up experiencing yesterday, I held off on the Big 12 Links & Reflections piece...expect that later today. That means that once again you get all Mizzou links today...
And hey, speaking of which ... We Are Mizzou!
- The Trib: Broken leg sidelines MU's Smith
- The Trib (Dave Matter): Monday MU Briefing: Aldon Smith out
KC Star: MU now has to overcome Aldon Smith's injury
- The Missourian: Missouri's Aldon Smith: Injury? What injury?
San Diego State Wrap-Up
- PowerMizzou: Like father, unlike son: Cause for concern?
- Post-Dispatch: Mizzou was out of sync against Aztecs, Pinkel says
The Trib (Dave Matter): Tigers Meet the Press
"We probably could have run the ball a little bit more and we could have executed better," Yost said. "Our second-half running game really became the bubble" screen "because they went to a zone coverage. They got away from the zero coverage, the man they were running in the first half. I think in the first half we threw one bubble, in the second half we threw five. And we got some yards on that." As Pinkel described earlier, and as Yost has explained numerous times, Missouri game plans and evaluates the bubble screen passes as part of its running game. The logic is, it's a simple pass that's made behind the line of scrimmage and blocked just like a toss sweep. It goes down as a pass in the official scorebook, but "in our world," as Pinkel put it, it's a run. (NFL teams do the same thing with screen passes to tailbacks, especially screen-heavy West Coast offenses.)
If you evaluate the bubble screens as part of the running game, Pinkel said the season's pass-run ratio has been approximately 54 to 46.
MUtigers.com: Monday Media Day Quotes
Gary Pinkel on Blaine Gabbert's play against San Diego State:
"We had some great opportunities (against San Diego State). I looked at 10 different opportunities that were or 30 more (yards). I mean just play catch and we have 10 30-plus yard completions more. Maybe he was rushed out a little bit or maybe he missed a little bit or we had some drops. So it's a combination of all those things and just being in synch and being able to do those things. The quarterback, he's not perfect, he's not going to go out and there and everything's going to be perfect all the time. One thing that we talk to him) about is, even if you're not playing your best, Brett Favre's not playing his best or Peyton Manning's not playing his best, what you want to get to is the point where your still doing good quarterbacking. When it was time to drive and hit Jerrell Jackson for a 20-yard gain and then throw another completion to give us an opportunity to win the game, he was right on."
Other Mizzou Football Links
MUtigers.com: Mizzou-Miami(OH) OFFICIAL RELEASE!!
It was pretty clear to observers during fall training camp that QB Blaine Gabbert was in the process of developing a good chemistry with sophomore WR T.J. Moe and junior TE Michael Egnew. That comfort level has most definitely transferred to the season, as Gabbert has connected with Moe for 30 completions in 3 games, while Egnew’s 29 catches are right behind.
- KC Star: MU notebook: Lambert, Simmons to return; depth chart shuffles
- Post-Dispatch: Is Mizzou the 24th best team in the country?
The Missourian: Big 12 football coaches juggle job stressors and personal health
This job is pressure-packed," Pinkel said Monday on the Big 12 coaches' conference call. "I think it's more pressure-packed than it ever has been because of ESPN, because of the national sports scene, because of the Internet, because of all the instant communication out there and there's so many media avenues now that exist, the amount of money coaches make.
"To me, it's going to get worse, the pressure. It's not going to go the other way."
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio suffered a mild heart attack Sunday morning not long after an overtime win against Notre Dame, highlighting the health hazards of coaching that were a hot topic after Urban Meyer briefly resigned from Florida following last season.
The health of top college coaches was a hot topic this week. Some admit that taking care of themselves can become an afterthought if they don't carefully plot out some time to exercise and eat right.
- PowerMizzou: AUDIO: Pinkel's Monday Update
- KBIA Sports Extra: AUDIO: Barnes trusts rotating group of guards on Missouri's offensive line
- PowerMizzou: VIDEO: Aldon Smith discusses his injury
- PowerMizzou: VIDEO: Mizzou Media Day
- KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Gary Pinkel on lessons learned from the San Diego State game
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