We'll talk basketball schedules in a different post, so here's everything not related to basketball schedules.
1. 10 days
* Sophomore cornerback David Johnson said the secondary didn't necessarily take on a different complexion with Gaines gone, but you could tell he was missing: "You can tell he’s there when he’s there. I’ll put it like that." […]
* Anybody impress [Gaines], in particular?: "I would start off by saying Ernest Payton. He took my spot when I went down, and he’s stepped up and made a lot of plays for our defense and doing things he hasn’t really gotten the chance to do. When it comes his way, he’s making plays."
* Payton came to Missouri as a corner, but tried out safety in the spring. The 6-foot-2 sophomore said it just wasn't the same: "I was like, ‘I want to go back to corner. I need to get my hands on somebody. I need to touch them. Let them know what I’m feeling about them.’”
* (Editor's Note: Awwwwwww yeahhhhhhhh gurrrrrrrrrrrrrrl.)
Seriously, where the hell was that quote two days ago before we published Payton's part of the Walkthrough series??
A handful of freshmen have worked with the second and third units during the first two scrimmages and look like candidates for playing time this year: defensive tackle Josh Augusta, wide receiver J’Mon Moore, tight end Jason Reece and cornerback Aarion Penton.
Missouri has resisted playing freshmen the past few seasons. Last year, just three freshmen appeared in games instead of taking a redshirt: offensive lineman Evan Boehm, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and tailback Russell Hansbrough.
In 2011, Missouri redshirted its entire freshman class.
The Tiger kicking game has not been a subject of much camp speculation thus far. I asked Pinkel about both of his specialists, placekicker Andrew Baggett and punter Christian Brinser.
Pinkel said Brinser's performance in camp has been "extraordinary."
"Andrew, I think just a little bit more consistency we need, but he makes pressure kicks. He's always done that. I think he's certainly gotten better. His kickoffs have been really, really good this year," the coach said. "Brinser is doing extraordinarily well. I probably shouldn't say that, but I mean, really...He's really, really doing well." Pinkel and Brinser both heavily credited a summer trip to a kicking camp in Wisconsin for his improvement. And the junior walk-on from Liberty isn't afraid to share his lofty goals. - See more at: http://missouri.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1538988#sthash.YGznLaWz.dpuf
2. Yay, I guess?
3. What's your vote?
4. Mizzou 2013-14: Under Construction
6. How's soccer going?
7. How's volleyball going?
8. Well yeah
The Trib: Pingeton shook the trees; Jackson fell out