Mizzou Links, 8-22-11

Mizzou Football Links

Quite a few links to share despite the fact that nothing really actually happened this weekend. Somebody else (Brandon Durant) was lost to injury for the season (he probably wasn't going to play anyway), somebody quit (the quotable Gerrand Johnson, who had been having a quiet August), and approximately 24 more players got dinged up. Regarding Gary Pinkel's "some years it happens, some years it doesn't" quote below ... how about we try one of those "some years it doesn't" years at some point? That would be lovely.

  • Must-Reads
    The Trib: Cousin's murder inspires Trey Hobson
    Post-Dispatch (Bernie Miklasz): Mizzou is lucky to have Pinkel
  • Friday Practice
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Camp Chronicles: Sea of red

    Three more defensive starters pulled on red jerseys after getting hurt in Thursday's scrimmage: defensive end Jacquies Smith and free safety Matt White sat out Friday's practice with ankle injuries, while linebacker Will Ebner was sidelined with a concussion. They join four other injured starters in defensive end Brad Madison, strong safety Kenji Jackson, receiver Jerrell Jackson and center Travis Ruth. Free safety Tavon Bolden also pulled on a red jersey after practice, and freshman linebacker Brandon Durant suffered an apparent leg injury late in practice. No word on the status or severity of those injuries. "I don’t really worry about it," Gary Pinkel said of the injuries. "Some years it happens, some years it doesn't. It also cries out that younger players and experienced players got to get better."

    PowerMizzou: Friday Practice Report
    MUtigers.com: Camp Notebook: Defense Wins Spirited Practice
    KC Star: Three more MU defensive starters on sidelines with injuries
    We Are Mizzou: Battle for the Black Jerseys
  • Saturday Practice
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Camp Chronicles: End of the road
    PowerMizzou: Saturday Practice Report

    *Pinkel said after practice he hopes to get most of the injured players back in action relatively soon. The only new news was that Jacquies Smith has a sprained big toe, rather than the injured ankle we were told yesterday. In addition, Brandon Durant, who went down late in practice on Friday, was on crutches with a full length brace on his knee. Pinkel said he had an ACL injury and perhaps additional damage. Durant will have season-ending surgery soon.

    *One player who won't return is freshman defensive tackle Gerrand Johnson. Pinkel said Johnson has "chosen to leave the program and we wish him well." Because class has not yet started at Missouri, it would seem that Johnson could enroll somewhere else in the next few days and be eligible to play the 2012 season, but no one was quite clear on the rules. Johnson was on campus for spring football and fourth on the depth chart at defensive tackle.

    MUtigers.com: Camp Notebook: Tigers Break For a Couple of Days
    KC Star (Campus Corner): One more reserve out for year, and another quits
    The Missourian: Nothing left to chance at Missouri football practice
    PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Coach's Corner
  • Promotions!
    MUtigers.com: Steckel, Yost Promoted to Assistant Head Coaches
    The Missourian: Missouri football promotes two coaches
    Post-Dispatch: Steckel brings his own style, and success, to MU defense
  • Traditions!
    MUtigers.com: VIDEO: Rock M Painting
  • 2011
    ESPN.com (David Ubben): Five predictions for the Big 12 in 2011
    Rivals.com: Rivals.com Preseason All-America Teams
  • Quarterbacks
    ESPN.com (David Ubben): James Franklin took unusual route to QB
    The Trib: MU backup QB job still up for grabs
    PowerMizzou: Freshman Q&A: Corbin Berkstresser
  • Receivers
    PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Brandon Gerau
    PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Gahn McGaffie
  • Tight End
    The Trib: Andrew Jones not willing to be forgotten man
  • Defensive Line
    The Trib: Tackling drill a challenge for Missouri's defensive line
    PowerMizzou: Brayden Burnett breaks out
  • Linebackers
    KC Star: Luke Lambert and Will Ebner try to claw back from a forgettable season
  • Defensive Backs
    We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Cornerbacks
    PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Braylon Webb and Daniel Easterly
    PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Randy Ponder
    PowerMizzou: Freshman Q&A: David Johnson
    PowerMizzou: Freshman Q&A: Ian Simon

Former Mizzou Football Player Links

Blaine Gabbert is struggling a bit, which ... of course he's struggling. He's a rookie. I was really hoping he wouldn't end up the starter this year, just so he could have a year in the shadows, but we'll see. We might be sharing lots of "Did Gabbert do any better this weekend?" links this fall. Meanwhile, Chase Daniel is throwing pretty deep balls, and ... SPOOOOOOOOOOOON.

  • Gabbert
    KC Star: Gabbert unimpressive as Jags beat Falcons
    Jacksonville.com: The Blaine Gabbert Watch
    Big Cat Country: No one wants the Jaguars quarterback job, apparently
  • Chase Daniel
    NFL.com: VIDEO: Chase Daniel to Joe Morgan
  • SPOOOOOOOOOOOON
    ESPN.com (NFC South Blog): Observations on the Atlanta Falcons
    National Football Post: NFP Sunday Blitz

    Sean Weatherspoon, the Falcons’ 19th pick in the 2010 draft, is having an excellent training camp in his new position at weakside linebacker. He’s flying around the field, making plays with frequency. The team expects him to become a force in the regular season.

    No one in the Falcons’ front office will be surprised to see Weatherspoon become a star. Their biomechanical scouting profile of Weatherspoon told them he would be special.

    What the Falcons have been doing for the last four years is taking a contingent of scouts and coaches to maybe 20 schools each spring. Most of the trips are made on Arthur Blank’s private plane. At these schools, they put 50 to 80 players who interest them through a private workout, and videotape the workout. Then they use a software program that biomechanically asses how each player moves. Sometimes, they use game tape to make further biomechanical assessments.

    "I’m not saying we have all the answers, but I’m a firm believer in trying to determine a player’s level of athleticism, efficiency of movement and body control," Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff told me. "Movement has always intrigued me. In the end, this league is about matching athleticism. If you can’t run with someone, it doesn’t matter how strong or smart you are."

Other Football Links

That two former Missouri recruits (including one former Mizzou commit) are leading the way for the Kansas running game is kind of annoying, but ... hey, Kendial Lawrence is still better.

MIZZOUEXPANSIONAPALOOZA™ 2011

Shockingly, there really isn't a lot going on at this exact moment regarding conference realignment. Enjoy the calm. No, seriously, enjoy it because A&M is probably going to officially shake things up any moment now...

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  • The Missourian: Deaton clarifies comments on NCAA investigation of Haith
  • SI.com (Luke Winn): Frank Haith faces serious NCAA charges from his time at Miami
  • KC Star: Deaton refines his remarks on Haith's hiring, stresses that MU is being proactive
  • Post-Dispatch: MU glum as it awaits NCAA's Haith inquiry

Mizzou Basketball Links

I knew I didn't like Matt Painter...

  • Denmon
    MUtigers.com: Denmon, Team USA Fall to Lithuania
    ZagsBlog: USA Stunned by Lithuania in World University Games

Other Mizzou Links

So here's my question: what would the MUtigers.com headline have been if the volleyball team had looked mediocre at the Black and Gold game? (That said ... hooray, Another Good Player Named Wilson!)

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