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Mizzou Links, 9-27-12

Blaine Gabbert has mixed allegiances this week, DGB's slow start is not completely uncommon, and Nike Nike Nike Nike Nike.

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Mizzou Football Links

  • This Week
    Mizzou Network: 1 on 1 with Kendial Lawrence
    The Trib: "Pretty cool" hosting Missouri, UCF players says
    The Missourian: Missouri's struggles don't discourage cornerback E.J. Gaines
    KC Star: MU defense getting back to basics on tackling
    Post-Dispatch: Tigers will see former teammate at Central Florida

    [Tyler] Gabbert isn't dwelling on his departure from Mizzou, where his older brother, Blaine, was a two-year starter before becoming the 10th player selected overall, by the Jacksonville Jaguars, in the 2011 NFL draft.

    "Not really; I've been gone from there for so long," Gabbert said by phone Tuesday morning. "All of those feelings got out of the way that past year-and-a-half or however long it's been."

    Gabbert was a Mizzou teammate of his brother's when he redshirted in 2010 and opted to transfer when Franklin was named the No. 1 quarterback at MU following their competition in the spring of 2011.

    "It was just the right decision for me at the time to explore other opportunities, and I'm glad I ended up at Central Florida," he said.

    As for the view from Mizzou, offensive coordinator David Yost last week said, " 'Once a Tiger, always a Tiger' is kind of how we look at it."

    Still, Yost joked that he was curious to know where Blaine Gabbert's allegiance might be this week and said he planned to text him to ask "what jersey he's going to wear."

    Post-Dispatch: Pinkel: 'We want to do a better job' (really? you went with that quote?)
    PowerMizzou: Powered Up: Not much has changed

    The way I look at this season is the way I have always looked at this season. Success or failure will be determined by four games.

    I say this assuming Missouri should beat Vandy, Kentucky and Syracuse at home. I say it feeling confident the Tigers will lose to the Crimson Tide.

    Those results would put Missouri at 5-3 with four games undecided on the schedule. The first of those games comes Saturday at Central Florida.

    It is a game many have viewed as a snake pit for the Tigers. You're playing a non-BCS team on the road in the biggest home game they'll have all season. It's a tough draw. It's not a game Missouri would likely schedule in just about any year. But caught in transition between the Big 12 and the SEC, the Tigers had to find someone, anyone who had an open date. The Golden Knights did and you can bet they weren't volunteering to come to Columbia just to be charitable.

    Yes, this game is a potential pitfall. But, honestly, it's a game Missouri should win. IF the Tigers are the team they want to believe they are. If Mizzou can win this game and the three home games I've given them, bowl eligibility is assured. And, right now, that's the goal.

  • Sheldon
    The Missourian: Sheldon Richardson now speaks softly, makes big plays
  • DGB
    The Trib: Green-Beckham off to quiet start to freshman year

    Green-Beckham was on the field for 26 of Missouri's 58 plays in the 31-10 loss, Pinkel said. Franklin and backup Corbin Berkstresser completed 18 of 26 passes, four of which were thrown to Green-Beckham. His only catch was a 9-yarder from Berkstresser on the game's final series, a 75-yard touchdown drive.

    "Everyone would like to see him catch 25 balls a game and catch touchdowns and all that stuff. But he's progressing there with more reps," Hill said. "We had more plays that were scheduled to go his way, but for one reason or another, sometimes it's coverage, or sometimes the quarterback went the other way with it."

    Missouri coaches don't sound panicked over Green-Beckham's slow start. They're not coddling him either.

    Asked if Green-Beckham had a good attitude, Pinkel answered: "Yeah, I think so. Why? Have you noticed him walking to class being grumpy or something?"

  • Consider It Another Step In The Initiation Process: Steve Spurrier Is Kinda Passive-Aggressively Digging At Us
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Spurrier: Time will tell if Tigers can compete
  • 2013 Recruiting
    PowerMizzou: Following the Future
  • Apparently Truman Is Still Alive In The Capital One Mascot Challenge...
    Capital One Bowl: Truman vs. Raider Red
  • Multimedia
    We Are Mizzou: Coach to Cure MD
    We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Nike Uniforms

Other Football Links

  • Late, But Worth It
    SB Nation (self-share): The Numerical, Week 4: 3 acts, 2 QBs and 1 wizard

    1. Passes that left South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw's hand and actually hit the ground in a 31-10 win over Missouri. Shaw completed 20 of 21 passes (his only incompletion came in the first drive, like a pitcher who gives up a double with one out in the first inning and pitches a perfect game the rest of the way), and while a majority were dump-offs directed at running back Marcus Lattimore and Justice Cunningham, he was right on the money when he did choose to go downfield as well. It was still a sign that whatever shoulder issues Shaw was experiencing through most of the season's first month are a thing of the past. He looked incredible.

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  • Just Us Talking And Stuff
    SB Nation YouTube: College Football Week Five Hangout with Dan Rubenstein, Bill Connelly, and Spencer Hall

Mizzou Diamond Sports Links

Other Mizzou Links

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    The Missourian: Position change works well for Missouri volleyball team
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  • Mizzou Cross Country Tigers Travel to Louisville for Nation's Largest Meet
  • Mizzou Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Season Tickets on Sale Now
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