Brandon Holifield goes from "raw tight end with potential" to "Former Mizzou tight end with potential," Stefan Jankovic looks really, really interesting against Missouri Southern, and Mizzou Soccer learns its tourney fate today.
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MUtigers.com: Missouri vs. Florida Football Quotes
Junior QB James Franklin
On what led to offensive breakdowns:
"We just couldn't get any completions, and that's about it."
On defense taking the blame:
"I know they are trying to have my back, but we can't turn the ball over four times."
3. Saturday's game was the first time this season Dorial Green-Beckham looked like a college wide receiver. On his game-high six catches for a game-high 73 yards, Green-Beckham consistently beat his man downfield, got open and made good catches. These weren't manufactured plays designed to get him touches. He was flying downfield, beating coverage and snatching the ball. While T.J. Moe and Marcus Lucas have seen their production fall off in recent weeks, it's not out of the question that when the season ends, either in three weeks or next month, that Green-Beckham will be the team's best receiver.
4. Marcus Murphy might have earned himself more touches. Throughout spring practices and preseason camp, Kendial Lawrence was clearly Missouri's best tailback. Until Saturday, he was quietly having a strong season, on pace for nearly 1,000 yards if Missouri were to qualify for a bowl game. But Lawrence couldn't get it going against Florida, gaining just 34 yards on 18 carries. For the first time all year, Murphy was the more decisive and effective runner, picking up 32 yards on just four carries and catching three balls for another 20 yards. Lawrence has earned the right to be MU's top back, but Murphy impressed me against the Gators. Tennessee has the SEC's worst rush defense. Both backs should get ample touches on Saturday.
5. Speaking of those Vols … The Tigers are going to visit the old days in the Big 12 against a Tennessee team that chucks the ball over the field and doesn't play a lick of defense. Saturdays 55-48 shootout victory over Troy was another example. But Tennessee's shoddy defense is partially responsible for the prolific passing numbers. Heading into yesterday's game, 54 percent of the Vols' passing attempts came when they trailed, compared to just 25 percent when the Vols had the lead. Still, Tennessee's strength is the wide receiver position. Cordarrelle Patterson (9 catches, 219 yards) and Justin Hunter (9 catches, 181 yards) were explosive as usual on Saturday and should give cornerbacks Gaines and Kip Edwards their toughest test of the season. As much as the Vols throw the ball, they do a good job of protecting quarterback Tyler Bray, who as of last week was sacked fewer times than any quarterback in the SEC. For the Tigers to win in Knoxville, it's no stretch to say they have to play their best defensive game of the season. If the Tigers can ground Tennessee's passing attack, then maybe Richardson's "best defense ever" bluster will be open for discussion.
The sad thing is that his mistakes — and he did miss a number of open receivers Saturday — will overshadow the fact the offense moved the ball better than it had when he was out of the lineup, and it wasn't even close. With Franklin - who was making his first start since the Tigers' 19-15 loss to Vanderbilt on Oct. 6 - at the helm, Missouri actually outgained Florida 335-276 overall and had more than twice as many first downs (23) as the Gators did (11).
What's more, while Franklin clearly needs to shake off some of the rust in the passing game, he looked terrific running the ball. He looked decisive and strong while breaking off a pair of 20-plus yard runs, just like last year, when he ran for almost 1,000 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns, and his teammates noticed.
"We try not to run James just because he's been beat up," said senior left tackle Elvis Fisher, "but he ran the ball well today."
- Nice Knowing You, Brandon Holifield
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The Missourian: Former Missouri player Holifield arrested for marijuana possession
KC Star: Former MU football player arrested for marijuana possession
KBIA Sports: Former Missouri tight end Brandon Holifield kicked off football team
- Interesting Piece From Friday
The Trib: Pinkel prefers to make big decisions during calm coaches' meetings
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Mizzou Basketball Links
- Mizzou > Missouri Southern
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball Cruises To Exhibition Win
MUtigers.com: Post Game Quotes: Mizzou vs. Missouri Southern
The Missourian: Pressey, Missouri fight turnover woes
KC Star: Freshmen lead MU to exhibition win over Missouri Southern
Post-Dispatch: Freshmen star in Mizzou exhibition
PowerMizzou: Game at a Glance
Fox Sports MW: Mizzou Basketball Tops Missouri Southern
KBIA Sports: Missouri men win again, beat Missouri Southern in exhibition game
- Party Starter
KC Star: Laurence Bowers returns to pursue his dream
- This Dude Looked Awfully Good Yesterday
The Trib: New position suits Stefan Jankovic fine
The Missourian: Jankovic shines for Missouri in exhibition victory
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
- Fall World Series
MUtigers.com: Fast Start Gives Black 2-0 Fall World Series Lead
SimmonsField.com: SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball: kU Sucks
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Mizzou Soccer will find out its tourney fate today at 3:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. Check out Ross Dellenger's excellent "Tournament possibilities" piece below for what to expect.
- Mizzou Soccer
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Falls to Florida in SEC Semifinals
The Trib (Ross Dellenger): NCAA rules: Blitz to miss (possible) NCAA Tournament match
The Trib (Ross Dellenger): Missouri soccer: NCAA Tournament possibilities
- Mizzou Volleyball
MUtigers.com: Tigers Bounce Back to Sweep South Carolina
The Missourian: Missouri gets a much needed win against South Carolina
- Mizzou Wrestling
MUtigers.com: Houdasheit, McCormick Shine in Black and Gold Meet