Mizzou Links, 8-22-13: Shuffling the deck of CBs and saying hi to Flip Pressey and the Hogs

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The cornerback depth chart remains in flux, the Hogs are coming to Columbia for the first time in more than a century, and Flip comes back to Columbia.

1. 9 Days

The Trib: Payton moves to CB where he can make contact
The Trib: Taking a trip down the Missouri depth chart

CB -- 31 E.J. Gaines (Sr., 5-11/195)
28 Ernest Payton (Soph., 6-2/210)
1 John Gibson (rFr., 6-0/185)

CB -- 7 Randy Ponder (Sr., 5-10/195)
3 David Johnson (Soph., 5-11/190)
26 Xavier Smith (Jr., 5-11/190)

Gaines is simply the defense's most valuable player and Ponder, while not always consistent, is at least battle-tested and not afraid to mix it up with receivers. It's going to be interesting to see who comes out of the scrum for those third and fourth cornerback slots, the ones who'll sub in for nickel and dime sets and perhaps spell Gaines and Ponder for a snap or two in base. Payton is improved and huge, but still needs to work some on physicality. Johnson took a tumble down the depth chart after a blah start to camp but, to his credit, has worked his way back up. He might be the most polished of the three -- Johnson, Payton and Gibson, who is a great athlete but looks to still be learning how to translate that into being an effective cover corner at the college level. At any rate, like the linebackers, the backups are young and will have a steep learning curve.

Wow, is the cornerback hierarchy changing by the week. The top two don't change, but after that it's just a roll of the dice. I'm going to choose to believe that's a sign of great depth, not a sign of nobody stepping up and seizing control.

(That said, Ernest Payton may have stepped up and seized control over the last week or so.)

PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Marvin Foster
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Christian Brinser
We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Football Rookie Spotlight: Eric Beisel

2. Schedule reaction: Football

MUtigers.com: 2014 Mizzou Football Schedule Announced
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Missouri's 2014 football schedule includes visit from team that hasn't been to Columbia since 1906
KC Star: MU football will travel to A&M, host Arkansas in 2014
Post-Dispatch: Razorbacks rivalry begins
PowerMizzou: 2014 football schedule released

3. Schedule reaction: Basketball

Fox Sports MW: Mizzou hoops slate features these five intriguing story lines

4. Flipadelphia

Mizzou Network: Phil Pressey returns to Mizzou before rookie season

5. Cy Max

Sports on Earth: Max Scherzer's Cy Young case, wins aside

6. Transfer U

MUtigers.com: Davionna Holmes joins Mizzou Women's Basketball
The Trib: Missouri adds women’s basketball transfer

7. SEC Network

PowerMizzou: The SEC Network and Mizzou

8. WHATNOT

Volleyball
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Volleyball Youth League Dates
The Trib: Tigers say aloha to promising freshmen

Soccer
MUtigers.com: Alyssa Diggs Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Tennis
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Tennis Announces Tentative 2013-14 Schedule

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