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Mizzou Links, 12-30-10

Photo via Bill Carter.
Photo via Bill Carter.

Mizzou Football Links

  • KC Star: Missouri's 2011 season hinges on NFL decisions

    Missouri loses only five senior starters from 2010’s 10-3 team to the squad that will open 2011 having won 40 games in the previous four seasons.

    But will Missouri also lose its star junior quarterback to an early entry into the 2011 NFL draft?

    "A few people filed their name with the (NFL evaluation) committee," Gabbert said. "It goes from there. We haven’t heard any results back. We will address that situation when it arises."

    All-America junior tight end Michael Egnew, junior defensive end Jacquies Smith and redshirt sophomore defensive end Aldon Smith also have filed for evaluation.

    Some consider Aldon Smith the most likely to leave early. But he said after the bowl game that his decision could be based partially on what Gabbert decides.

    "These are my friends. This is my family. Everything gets so real after that last game," Smith said as he stood outside Sun Devil Stadium late on Tuesday night. "All the emotions. Blaine, all my friends, everything’s going to definitely have an impact on my decision."

  • Post-Dispatch: Blaine Gabbert's future could be in hands of NFL draft advisory board
  • Fox Sports MW: Unfortunate end to T.J. Moe's big night
  • (Andy Staples): College Football Predictions for 2011
    The 10-team Big 12 is going to be ridiculously top-heavy. We've already predicted Texas will get back to its winning ways. We've also predicted Oklahoma will be excellent. But we're not done. Missouri and Texas A&M also have the potential to win the conference. The Tigers should bring back almost everyone from a 10-2 team; quarterback Blaine Gabbert is one of those guys who could get pushed back to school by the NFL labor issues. Meanwhile, the Aggies can build their offense around a pair of sophomore tackles (Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews) who started as true freshmen in 2010, and coordinator Tim DeRuyter's defense should be fine because even though pass rusher extraordinaire Von Miller is gone, eight starters should return. With the league going to a full round-robin conference schedule, the teams at the top could beat up on one another and keep the Big 12 elite from sniffing the BCS title game.
  • Kleph Goes To The Football Stadium: The Insight Bowl (kleph is a great poster at Roll Bama Roll)
  • The Missourian/AP: Rams receptive to unsung receivers like Danario Alexander

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