Mizzou Links, 10-22-13: Leadership, Mauk, Hearnes, and Clowney comin'

Bill Carter

Mizzou's 2013 season has thus far unfolded like 2007, with great leadership and good fortune. Plus: Mauk's debut was stellar, Mizzou returns to Hearnes in three days (and Devin Booker's coming back), and recruits have begun to notice football's 7-0 start.

Four days to South Carolina

MUtigers.com: South Carolina Next For Mizzou on Homecoming
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Football Media Day Quotes - Oct. 21

On the team's leadership this year, in addition to years' past...

"Lorenzo Williams and Martin Rucker were part of that 2007 team. They were part of the leadership standouts, and were team captains. There were a lot of great leaders. We have had great leadership almost every year. Even last year was probably the toughest leadership responsibilities we have ever had with all the problems and injuries. It was a difficult up and down year. It was a challenge. Those guys are great kids. L'Damian (Washington) is a great leader, and the players have tremendous respect for him. Things like his background, the things he been through in life and certainly how he has been playing is huge. If you want to lead by example, you are talking about a guy that is making plays game in and game out. He is having his best season his senior year, and that is what you have to do if you want to be a good leader. I have been very pleased with the leadership of our team. We have some underclassmen they have been leading well too. I have been very pleased overall."

On Maty Mauk's performance against Florida...

"After the game he came off the field and gave coach Andy Hill a hug. Andy did a great job with him. I do not think I have ever seen a first time starter in an environment like that. After the game I gave him a hug, and told him great game and that I'm proud of him. He (Mauk) smiled and said `thanks' and gave me a big smile and walked away. If you watched Maty Mauk play high school football that is what he did. He is a competitor, he loves to play and he loves to compete. The good news is that there is a lot of little things he can still do to become a better football player. When your offensive line is playing well and have receivers making plays, as well as running backs that can make plays then that's big. Our offensive line is getting better, and our whole football team is getting better each week. It is a whole lot easier for him to do his job well, and that is exactly what happened. All of those guys created an environment for him to be successful. Overall, I was pleased and it is time to get back to work."

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Missouri Notes: Clowney Comin'
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Gary Pinkel Speaks: Week 8
The Trib (Beyond the Box Score): The Scouting Report: South Carolina
Post-Dispatch: Mauk moves on to Round 2 after smashing debut
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Monday Media, 10/21
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1: Pinkel Previews South Carolina

And 11 days to Tennessee
Post-Dispatch: Tigers-Vols kick off at 5 or 6

Saturday still happened

Post-Dispatch: Emptying the Notebook: Stars aligned?

What happened in 2007? The stars aligned around the Big 12 and Missouri’s stars emerged. The usual powers in the Big 12 North went into a funk. Colorado. Kansas State. Nebraska. Missouri pounced, beating seven Big 12 foes by 35, 31, 14, 45, 14, 17, and 8. Not every game was a blowout but the Tigers were almost always in command behind an explosive offense and opportunistic defense. With each win, the stakes got bigger. With each win, Missouri’s players, led by Lorenzo Williams and Martin Rucker, narrowed their focus and kept the team absorbed in the moment, never looking too far beyond the next opponent.

In the postgame interview room Saturday, there were echoes of Williams and Rucker. Now the voices belonged to guys like L’Damian Washington and Evan Boehm.

"I think there’s still going to be a little bit of doubt," Washington said of the national outlook. "We don’t care. Step eight is next week. This was step seven. It’s a 12-step process."

The Trib: Turnovers tell tale of Missouri’s football surge

Ho hum, more awards
MUtigers.com: Mauk and Sam Honored With SEC Weekly Awards
KC Star: Missouri’s Maty Mauk, Michael Sam win SEC weekly awards
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Sam wins 3rd SEC weekly honor of season; Mauk earns Freshman of the Week
Post-Dispatch: Sam, Mauk earn SEC weekly honors
MUtigers.com: Baggett Earns Multiple Recognitions

From the other side
Alligator Army: Florida vs. Missouri, Rapid(ish) Recap: Gators shown up in Show-Me State
Alligator Army: Florida vs. Missouri, Theater of Operations: Gators' defense picks up where it left off

Parity is fun

Post-Dispatch: SEC chaos boosts Mizzou to No. 5 ranking
The Trib: SEC’s ‘poor’ rise up en masse — almost — on one wild Saturday
Al.com: Nick Saban not surprised by 'changing of the guard' in SEC, stumps for 9-game conference schedule
Daily Oklahoman: SEC football: Parity & Power

Recruits are noticing

PowerMizzou: Following the Future: 10/21
PowerMizzou: [2015 LSW RB Ryan] Williams comfortable at Mizzou
PowerMizzou: Rhaheed ready for MU trip
PowerMizzou: Big time official visitor for this weekend confirmed

Three days to Hearnes (and Devin's coming back)

Gulflive.com: Basketball recruiting: Moss Point's Devin Booker has completed visits, but still mulling college decision

Mizzou Network: Hearnes Moment #6- KU goes down in 1994
Mizzou Network: Hearnes Moment #5- Tigers defeat NC State in '83

This is awful

KC Star: Former Harrisonville High football star Michael Keck dies at age 25

Oh right, that

The Trib (Courtside View): Infractions committee set to release Miami report on Tuesday
KC Star: NCAA to issue ruling on Miami case Tuesday morning

Volleyball's still awesome

MUtigers.com: Total Team Effort Guides Missouri To Statement Win
MUtigers.com: Molly Kreklow Named SEC Player of the Week
MUtigers.com; Mizzou Volleyball Moves Up to No. 11 in AVCA Top-25

WHATNOT

Anybody buy this yet (he asks again)?
KC Star: Book tour set for ‘Tigers vs. Jayhawks’

Soccer
MUtigers.com: Alyssa Diggs Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week
The Trib: MU soccer team settles for tie with Auburn

Women's Basketball
MUtigers.com: On the Prowl: Behind the Scenes with Coach P

Women's Cross Country
MUtigers.com: Women's Cross Country No. 4 in Regional Rankings

Tennis
MUtigers.com: Tigers Conclude Play at ITA Central Regional Championships

Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Moves into Fourth on Day Two at FIU

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