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Mizzou Links, 4-25-11

Franklin heads into the summer the No. 1 quarterback.  (Photo via Bill Carter.)
Franklin heads into the summer the No. 1 quarterback. (Photo via Bill Carter.)

We start, of course, with RPT's nationally televised star turn ... proof that there must not have been anybody with a mullet and half a shirt in the airport, since the cameras gravitate toward those folks ... at least, they do when tornadoes strike in Oklahoma...

Mizzou Football Links

  • Depth Chart
    The Trib (Dave Matter): James Franklin holds of Tyler Gabbert on post-spring depth chart
    The Trib: Franklin officially No. 1 QB
    Post-Dispatch: Franklin tops MU depth chart at QB
    KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou football post-spring depth chart lists Franklin as starting QB
    Jeff City News Tribune: Franklin on top of Mizzou depth chart at QB
  • Draft
    Post-Dispatch: NFL draft spotlight may shine brightly here
    Boston Globe: Some NFL teams may not be gunning for Missouri's Gabbert
    Sporting News: NFL Draft analysis: Quarterbacks
    Buffalo Rumblings: College Blogger Perspective: Blaine Gabbert
  • The Trib: Missouri football program still gaining national recognition

    If Gabbert and Smith are indeed first-round selections in Thursday’s prime-time portion of the NFL draft, they’ll give Missouri five first-round picks in three drafts, joining receiver Jeremy Maclin (No. 19, 2009), defensive lineman Ziggy Hood (No. 32, 2009) and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (No. 19, 2010). Only nine programs have produced three or more first-round selections since 2009. Only two, Florida and Oklahoma, have produced four.

    By Thursday night, Missouri could have five in three years. Gabbert is unlikely to fall past Arizona’s pick at No. 5, and Smith is widely expected to go somewhere in the top 20.

    If current projections hold true, Alabama could produce three first-rounders Thursday and Florida one, giving the Crimson Tide six first-rounders in three years and the Gators five. Otherwise, no other program would eclipse Missouri’s three-year total.

    Not Oklahoma, Texas, LSU or Ohio State. Not Nebraska, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame or USC.

    "Our job isn’t to send guys to the NFL," said Pinkel, who’s had 17 players drafted since 2003. "It’s to get guys their degrees. But it’s nice to know that we have that caliber of player."

    One impressive draft class might be a fluke — MU had six players drafted overall in 2009 — but three signals a trend. And trends attract a crowd like the one that gathered at MU on St. Patrick’s Day, when the running joke around the building was that Columbia Regional Airport hadn’t seen as many private jets since the last Kroenke wedding.

  • The Trib (Dave Matter): Going Deep: A quarterback rotation?
  • PowerMizzou: What we learned: O-Line
    PowerMizzou: What we learned: D-Line
  • The Trib: NFL lockout creates uncertainty, anxiety
  • We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Caravan in Dallas

Big 12 Football Links

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • The Trib: Tigers getting acquainted with new coaches

Big 12 Basketball Links

Mizzou Softball Links

Mizzou Baseball Links

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Women's Golf Tigers Finish Third At Big 12 Championships
    The Missourian: MU women's golf team finishes third at Big 12 Championship
    Big 12 Sports: Longhorns Claim Third Big 12 Women's Golf Championship
  • Mizzou Men's Golf
    The Trib: MU's 'major' talent
  • Mizzou Swimming & Diving
    The Missourian: MU swimming boasts strong recruiting class
  • Mizzou Wheelchair Basketball
    The Trib: Four Tigers could try out for Team USA