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Mizzou Links, 10-23-09

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Mizzou-Texas Links!

  • Football Fan Primer
  • The Trib (Dave Matter): Writer's Block
    BTS: What's going on with the Texas offense? Is it simply a case of no continuity at running back and identifying a No. 2 receiver?

    Ballou: Every time we ask the coaches what is going on with the offense, they laugh and say they don't know either. They do. The chemistry isn't what it was last year, and they aren't producing at the rate they'd like. McCoy has been sick before their two biggest games (Tech & OU) - but even to him, that's not the excuse. They just keep saying they need to play better and execute better. He has Jordan Shipley, but beyond that, it's who steps up at wideout on a game to game basis.

    I think the loss of two great glue guys in WR Quan Cosby (who caught everything) and RB Chris Ogbonnaya has hurt them too. I also think that Fozzy Whittaker is the best running back they have, but he's been hurt too much. He finally had his chance against OU and showed why, when healthy, he should get the majority of the carries.

    Bohls: Colt has not been Colt all year. Never in a rhythm. Misses Quan Cosby and Chris Ogbonnaya. Their wide receivers have not been consistent, one reason Mack demoted Chiles and Kirkendoll this week.

  • The Missourian: Despite injury, Blaine Gabbert expects to spur offense for MU football team
  • The Missourian: 10 things that make Texas a bad homecoming opponent
  • The Trib: Behind the Stripes Webcast: Episode 11, Pt. 2

Oh yeah, and Texas?  You can keep your big fan, we'll keep ours.

Other Mizzou Football Links!

  • SI's 2009 midseason All-Americas (congrats to Grant Ressel for his place on this list)
  • The Trib: MU no longer resembles Tight End U
  • Post-Dispatch: MU's Danario Alexander catching on late
  • PowerMizzou: Football Recruiting Mailbag
  • The Missourian: Veteran cornerback Carl Gettis finds confidence to speak up
  • The Missourian: Tigers take on Twitter
  • Cincinnati Enquirer: Tight end area of concern for Bengals

    When asked how close Chase Coffman is to playing, offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said. "He could be pretty close to playing at some point here soon. Then you’ll find out when and if he does, where he’s at. What his strengths are and what we will be able to use him on."

    Coffman’s development into an NFL tight end was a frequent segment during "Hard Knocks: Training Camp". Besides learning to play as a conventional tight end, where his hand is on the ground most of the time, Coffman has had to learn how to pick up the fine points of blocking, something he hasn’t done often. He played wide receiver in high school and as a tight end at Missouri, which utilizes the spread offense, he was more of a receiver than a lineman.

    While Coffman is getting better at blocking, there is another hurdle according to coach Marvin Lewis – special teams.

    "I’m anxious to see Chase. Again, I’ve got to make sure those guys who suit up on Sunday can fulfill covering those kicks and doing all those things Chase didn’t do a whole lot of at Missouri," Lewis said. "That’s an important part of everything we do, to make sure we can fill those teams the right way and do all the other things that have to happen those other 25 (special teams) snaps a game."
  • Inside Missouri Football: KOMU-TV 8 Story on Danario Alexander

Big 12 Links!

Other Mizzou Links!

  • MU Basketball Mizzou Basketball at Big 12 Media Day
    Post-Dispatch: Guards return, but Tigers have holes to fill
    KC Star: Zaire Taylor provides tone and tempo for Tigers
  • MU Soccer No. 23 Tigers to Round Out Home Schedule
  • MU Volleyball Volleyball Opens Big 12 Second Half at Kansas


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