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Mizzou Links, 8-30-11

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Some quick thoughts on the new depth chart (PDF):

1. Get some, Marcus Lucas.

2. I'm really happy for Trey Hobson getting his shot, though I do hope that Kip Edwards is full-strength for Arizona State.

3. I'm curious about the linebacker rotation. One has to figure that Luke Lambert and Will Ebner end up both on the field at times, but ... maybe not? The staff is showing a lot of faith in Andrew Wilson...

4. I know I have a lot of faith in Justin Britt and Jack Meiners when I look at the starting O-line and, for a moment, don't realize that they are missing two starters. With Rock 'N Roll Max Copeland sliding onto the second-string, however, it does show that depth is iffy.

5. Look at that second-string defensive line: Michael Sam, Sheldon Richardson, Lucas Vincent, Brayden Burnett/Kony Ealy. That's better than quite a few former starting Missouri lines...

6. I'm happy that Henry Josey won the kick return job. It sounds like Kendial Lawrence has really stepped forward in the battle at running back, so this will give Josey a couple of extra chances to touch the ball (though I don't expect him to have too many kick return opportunities, ahem).


    Mizzou and Miami will be playing for the second-straight year, with Mizzou claiming a 51-13 win in Columbia a year ago. That was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

    The RedHawks are led in 2011 by first-year Head Coach Don Treadwell, a Miami graduate (1982). Treadwell returned to his alma mater after serving the last four seasons as offensive coordinator at Michigan State, where the Spartans went to bowl games each year.

    Even with Treadwell being a first-year head coach, it won't be the first time that he and Gary Pinkel have been on opposite sidelines. Treadwell was the running backs coach at Miami in 1992 when Pinkel's Toledo squad won a 20-17 game at Miami. In 1993, Treadwell was the receivers coach at Miami when RedHawks won 22-19 at Toledo. He was also receivers coach at Michigan State in 2001, when Pinkel's Mizzou squad dropped a 55-7 game in East Lansing, Mich. to cap Pinkel's first season at Mizzou. Later, Treadwell was the offensive coordinator/receivers coach at Ball State for 2003 & 2004 games with Mizzou. Mizzou claimed both match-ups, winning 35-7 in Muncie, Ind., in 2003, and followed with a 48-0 win in Columbia in 2004.

    The Trib (Dave Matter): Tigers Meet the Press

    Pinkel and Yost said they have not made a decision on freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser's role this season. He's listed No. 3 on the depth chart but will split the second-team snaps with Jimmy Costello during practice. "We're trying to evaluate how far or how high he can climb as we go," Yost said. "It's very similar to what we did with Blaine" Gabbert in 2008. That season, Gabbert's freshman year, he began the season listed No. 3 behind senior starter Chase Daniel and senior backup Chase Patton. Gabbert didn't see his first action until the third game of the season but split the backup reps with Patton throughout the year. "The first two days we've had, he's done a really nice job," Yost said of Berkstresser. "He's really into it and studying. So, if he continues that way, that'll make it a tough decision at some point to either get him in the game or say, 'OK, let's keep working him, bringing him along, but it's not the best thing for him' " to play this season. Mizzou Media Day Quotes
    PowerMizzou: Media Day Notebook
  • Depth Chart
    The Trib: Tigers hobble into opener
    KC Star: Liberty's Marcus Lucas will replace Jerrell Jackson in MU lineup
    Post-Dispatch: Mizzou likely out three starters for Saturday opener
    Post-Dispatch: Injuries to starters create opportunities for other MU players
    The Missourian: Missouri football opener will have new-look offensive line
    KC Star: Justin Britt looking forward to offensive line test at Mizzou
  • Post-Dispatch: Mizzou not taking its season opener lightly
  • PowerMizzou: Like Father, Unlike Son
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    PowerMizzou: Following the Future
  • Freshmen
    We Are Mizzou: Big Brothers - Kentrell Brothers

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