Mizzou Football Links
It really is difficult to describe why Henry Josey is so good, isn't it? Meanwhile, some nice press from the WWL regarding James Franklin...
The Missourian: Missouri, Baylor show unpredictability of Big 12 football
Up-and-down seasons have been the norm for most teams. The Tigers and the Bears are two examples, but you can add the Red Raiders, Longhorns, Aggies and Sooners to the list. Oklahoma was knocked from the BCS standings’ top three after being upset by Texas Tech. Texas A&M has recorded big victories over some conference opponents, but they’ve made a habit of blowing second-half leads to others.
The fickleness of the conference scoreboard each week has gotten the attention of some Missouri players, and they see it as a positive sign of strong competition.
"Right now there’s not a game in this conference you can go into and think that it’s easy," Missouri defensive lineman Jacquies Smith said. "It’s great having that kind of competition and parity around the league."
QB No. 1
ESPN.com (Insider): Missouri's James Franklin leads group of college football's next star QBs
Sturdy, strong and athletic, Franklin is the most powerfully built of the quarterbacks mentioned here. He's been thrown right into the fire this season with road tests against the Arizona State Sun Devils, Oklahoma Sooners, Kansas State Wildcats and Texas A&M Aggies in his first eight games as a starter.
Franklin had his first signature win in College Station last weekend, and the early adversity he has faced in his career will pay dividends for him and the program in the future. Franklin has weathered the brutal schedule with 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 61 percent completion percentage, plus an additional 542 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. He is calm, even oblivious at times in the pocket, and his unwavering poise has won over head coach Gary Pinkel.
"This guy has a chance to be special," Pinkel said. "He is further ahead at this time in his career than the three quarterbacks who preceded him."
In case you didn't know, Pinkel's last three quarterbacks (Brad Smith, Chase Daniel, Blaine Gabbert) are all making a nice living in the NFL.
KC Star: Missouri's Henry Josey is own sort of running back
There is a general consensus that Josey is not the fastest, shiftiest or biggest running back in college football. But Missouri coach Gary Pinkel contends Josey’s secret may be in how fast he reaches top speed.
"Some people," Pinkel said, "it takes them awhile to get going. His burst is right off the bat. That is why you see him crease into the secondary so fast. Or you see him get 6 or 7 yards (when) it looks like there is nothing in there.
"He’s also a north-south player. Very rarely do you see him go sideways.
"Tony Temple, used to go right, left and kind of all over the place and eventually get upfield.
"But this guy, he’s a vertical runner."
That may be bad news for Baylor, which plays host to Missouri on Saturday night.
The Bears are seventh in the 10-team Big 12 in rushing defense, having been gouged for 5.6 yards a carry. The numbers get worse when considering only Big 12 games. In those, Baylor is last in the league, giving up 6.3 yards a carry and 246 rushing yards a game.
National Football Post: Prospect of the day: Missouri TE Michael Egnew
A tall, long, athletic pass catcher who has the frame to continue to get even bigger. However, as of now, he looks thin through his base and legs. He doesn't play as a traditional tight end, and for the most part lines-up in the slot on a regular basis from a two-point stance and is asked to work nearly exclusively as an "off the line Y." He possesses impressive coordination and body control for his size, gets into his route well for his size, has a nice feel for zone coverage in the pass game and works himself well into soft spots underneath. Is a massive target to throw at, extends his arms well when covered up and can pluck routinely off his frame. He possesses "plus" strider speed down the field and has the ability to run away from backers across the field, using his big frame well to box out away from the play.
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Mizzou Basketball Links
I'm beginning to become intrigued by Kadeem Green. He could be a force on the offensive glass. Of course, now he has to do it against a Division I team...
MUtigers.com: Tigers Roll over Truman State in Preseason Play
MUtigers.com: Missouri vs Truman State Game Notes
The Trib: Denmon, Tigers rout Bulldogs
PowerMizzou: Marcus Denmon dazzling again in exhibition win
KC Star: Mizzou roars past Truman State 87-48
KBIA Sports Extra: PHOTOS: Mizzou over Truman State 82-54 in first exhibition
PowerMizzou: Helping to Heal
- The Missourian: Under Frank Haith, Missouri still plays fast
Other Basketball Links
Oh, Hollis Price...
Rush the Court: Living in the Past, Part One: The Big 12 Ten Years Ago
Rush the Court: Living in the Past, Part Two: The Big 12 Ten Years Ago
The Curators Are Meeting Again?
KC Star (Campus Corner): MU curators meeting likely has no relevance on MU/SEC
OMG THE SEC IS SO HARD
Post-Dispatch (Jeff Gordon): Massive challenges await Mizzou in SEC
Stop Picking On Us, Mmmkay?
The Missourian: Texas Athletics Director Dodds: 'We're not a bully'
Other Mizzou Links
Two fun notes:
1) Check out who put in the winning PK in No. 6 Mizzou's shootout win over No. 3 Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament yesterday.
2) Congrats to the Kreklows for not only lodging Win No. 750, but doing so at Kansas.
Really nice win for Mizzou Soccer, and they almost got a huge break ... No. 2 Texas A&M was taken to PKs by No. 7 Kansas but prevailed. The Tigers and Aggies play tonight at 8pm.
MUtigers.com: Tigers Prevail in PKs
Big 12 Sports: Missouri Downs Baylor On Penalty Kicks
The Missourian: MU beats Baylor in Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals
San Antonio Express-News: Mizzou goalkeeper steps outside role in win
MUtigers.com: Team Kreklow Wins No. 750 at Kansas
The Missourian: Missouri volleyball team wins at Kansas
Mizzou Wheelchair Basketball
The Missourian: PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri Wheelchair Basketball team starts season
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