Mizzou Links, 10-29-13: Baggett and the Tigers move on

Bill Carter

1. Four days to Tennessee

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Football Media Day Quotes - Oct. 28

Head Coach, Gary Pinkel

On the possibility of James Franklin playing this weekend against Tennessee...

"I won't say it (his status) is doubtful, but it is questionable. I was not there yesterday when he threw. I was in Seattle. It is nice to see him out there throwing. It has to be comfortable for him, when he's ready to play."

On the emotions of the team right now, following the loss to South Carolina...

"They practiced yesterday, and they are fine. On my way to Seattle, I had the entire game downloaded on my iPad. I watched that and I talked to each coach and got reports. I got everything done that I needed to get done. I have a great coaching staff that can function just fine without me around here. They did a great job. Our players will be ready to go."

On the young cornerbacks' play against South Carolina...

"I thought those guys did a great job. Talk about being thrown into the fire a bit. Aarion Penton just came right out of high school, and you also have a redshirt freshman in John Gibson. They are really competing. They are not going to play perfect obviously, but I thought they did really well. I'm very pleased when young players are thrown into that type of atmosphere, and come out like they did."

On Shane Ray's performance evolution and maturity as a player...

"Shane is doing really well. That defensive front is so competitive. We are doing a great job against the run, and our pass efficiency on the defensive side is pretty good. People aren't throwing or running the ball consistently against us. I think it starts up front, and it almost always does. I think Shane is doing a great job. He is very quick, and he can run well too. He is getting more experience and the more experience he gets the more technique he uses that Coach Kuligowski taught him. It is really great to see that."

On what you've seen in film from Tennessee so far this season...

"I see a good football team. They beat South Carolina two weeks ago, and they played a great Alabama team this past week. I see a team that will play both of their quarterbacks. Their running backs are good, and their offensive line is good. They have young receivers, but are athletic. Their defense runs well and they have a great linebacker and an athletic secondary. That is the great thing about this league (the SEC). Every week we can play a great football team and we are excited about doing that."

On what it means to have defensive back E.J. Gaines back in the lineup...

"His experience level is big. He is one of our best players. The two best players on our football team arguably are James Franklin and E.J. Gaines. We lost both of those guys a couple weeks back. It is nice to know that we had two redshirt freshman go in and compete and play well to fill their roles. That means well for the rest of the season, and for the future. The confidence level with him on the field is just a plus."

On his former head coach Don James memorial service yesterday in Seattle...

"I flew to Seattle Sunday morning to be at Don James memorial service. It was a great afternoon for me to be able to do that. They had these pins that they handed out to everybody that was at it. I was fortunate to be asked to speak at it, which is something that I wanted to do but never thought it would happen. I was asked, and it was really a great event for him. I saw a lot of players that I coached years and years ago, a lot of Huskie friends and family and most importantly coach James. I'm not going to wear this pin for the rest of my life, but I am today to honor him."

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou hopes to bounce back vs. Vols
PowerMizzou: Monday Media Notebook
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Monday Media, 10/28
Mizzou Network: Mizzou Football Pride Points for Tennessee Game
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1: Pinkel Previews Tennessee

Franklin & the depth chart
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Missouri Depth Chart Notes: Gaines no longer questionable; Josey and Franklin are
KC Star: James Franklin could return to top of Missouri’s depth chart soon
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Franklin upgraded to questionable for Vols game

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Missouri Media Day Notes: Baggett moving on from missed kick
Fox Sports MW: Mizzou's Baggett takes his miss like a man -- and vows to bounce back
KC Star: Vicious comments directed at Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett fly wide of mark
Post-Dispatch: Baggett takes blame, high road after costly miss
The Missourian: Two days later, Missouri football kicker moving on
PowerMizzou: Getting back up

Tennessee has QB injury issues of its own
Rocky Top Talk: Vols Monday Press Conference Cliff's Notes

2. Three days removed

Post-Dispatch: Emptying the Notebook: Closer look at Saturday's collapse

The most crucial offensive series of the game started with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter and the Tigers clinging to a 17-10 lead. Starting at its 25, Mizzou opened with a Henry Josey run off the left side behind attached tight end Eric Waters. Five yards. Great play, great result considering the circumstances. Second down, with another three-wide, tight end formation, Josey got the call and picked up three yards up the middle.

Third and two, another call for Josey. Pistol formation, three wides and a tight end on the right side —away from defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Slot receiver Jimmie Hunt goes in motion from left to right to give Josey another blocker on the front (right) side. The Tigers leave Clowney unblocked and run away from him, but while Clowney closes in from behind, a swarm of Gamecocks attack Josey, led by cornerback Victor Hampton, who comes from the play side untouched by the receiver across from him, L’Damian Washington. Sharrod Golightly, who plays the hybrid safety/linebacker role in Lorenzo Ward’s defense, is the first Gamecock to reach Josey, dropping him for behind the line. The Tigers needed six feet. They went backwards four yards.

"The three-and-out was the difficult part," Pinkel said on his TV show Sunday morning. "We had a third-and-(two) and a play that had been working all day for us, we went at it again and they stopped it. We had to punt the ball back. If we get a first down there, the game might have been over."

KC Star: Mizzou Rewind: Dissecting a fourth-quarter meltdown
The Trib: MU’s collapse vs. South Carolina defined by not daring to dream bigger
The Missourian: Photo of shocked Missouri fan thrives on social media

3. Future Tigers

PowerMizzou: Following the Future: 10/28

4. More opportunities to watch

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Volleyball Jumps to No. 7 in AVCA Top 25 Poll
MUtigers.com: Carly Kan Named SEC Player of the Week
MUtigers.com: Mediacom 22 Set to Televise Three Mizzou Volleyball Matches

A top-10 ranking, the conference player of the week, and more TV opportunities. Not a bad weekend, huh?

5. Friday night was still cool

Mizzou Network: Return to Hearnes: '94 Team Tribute Ceremony

6. A pretty good weekend for soccer

MUtigers.com: Sauerwein Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week
The Trib: MU clinches SEC tourney spot with tie


Women's Basketball
MUtigers.com: Women's Basketball Opens Exhibition Play Tuesday

Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Second Round Cancelled at Las Vegas Intercollegiate

Three Stripes
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Announces October Three Stripes Club Winners

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