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Mizzou Links, 10-16-13: Senior leadership, huge volleyball, and 3 days to Florida

Mizzou rallies around Maty Mauk, L'Damian Washington is awesome, Colt 45 still works every time, and Mizzou Volleyball prepares for an enormous weekend.

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The basketball Black & Gold Game was last night, but we'll once again break out the basketball links for a post later today.

1. Three days to Florida

KC Star: Missouri hopes to avoid letdown after another watershed win

Hey, Maty
Post-Dispatch: Opportunity knocks for Mizzou's Mauk
PowerMizzou: Rallying around Mauk
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1: Mauk on His First Start & Florida Preview

Not over for QB No. 1
The Trib: Franklin focuses on future

For now, Franklin is putting his energies toward tutoring his replacement, redshirt freshman Maty Mauk. Pinkel said Mauk would start, sophomore Corbin Berkstresser would be the backup and true freshman Eddie Printz would be third-string.

Asked if the starting job would be Franklin's upon his return, Pinkel said he'd "suggest" it would.

"I kind of had some experience last year being a coach," Franklin said. "I think I can bring that over to this year and encourage the guys, especially Maty and Corbin as they go in and perform." [...]

Even though it was difficult to see Franklin sidelined again, he knows the quarterback will take the positives out of a negative.

"He was having a great year, playing as good as any quarterback we've ever had," Pinkel said. "That's life. I feel for him. The most important thing is he has people around him that support him and love him.

"He's got to start coaching now. His leadership's still got to crank up. He'll get back as soon as it's possible to get back."

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2. Best senior leaders in a long time

KC Star: Missouri’s seniors on personal mission to restore winning ways

L’Damian Washington didn’t know Harry Hite.

But when Washington saw Hite decked out in Tigers gold waiting for a flight at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport on the morning of Dec. 29, 2010, he had to speak with him.

Only a few hours earlier, Missouri was stunned 27-24 against Iowa in the Insight Bowl when Micah Hyde returned a Blaine Gabbert interception 72 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Washington, now a senior and No. 14 Missouri’s leading receiver, was only a redshirt freshman at the time. But that didn’t stop Washington for walking over and apologizing to Hite for Missouri’s loss.

"Our goal is to please our fans at the end of the day," said Washington, who leads Missouri with 455 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this season. [...]

That desire to win was evidenced by Washington’s gesture after the Insight Bowl, even if the fan turned out to be Missouri senior linebacker Andrew Wilson’s maternal grandfather.

"He didn’t know he was my grandfather," Wilson said, "but he just saw he was a Mizzou fan and L’Damian’s such a great guy."

3. Saturday was still awesome

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): SNAP DECISIONS: Backfield in motion, Mauk calls and more from Missouri's win over Georgia
The Missourian: Missouri football's Sasser breaks down his big play against Georgia
We Are Mizzou: PHOTOS: Mizzou 41, Georgia 26
PowerMizzou: Tuesday's Top Tigers
PowerMizzou: A Closer Look: Georgia
We Are Mizzou: Offensive Play of the Week

4. Alden speaks Alden: Pride Points vs. Florida
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1: Alden on Gold Rush

5. HUGE match on Sunday...and UGA as well on Friday No. 18 Tigers Host Georgia, No. 2 Florida This Weekend Mizzou Volleyball Promotions This Weekend
The Maneater: Volleyball team adds Rick McGuire's sports psychology regimen


Women Gold Team takes Black & Gold Scrimmage Post Game Quotes
The Missourian: MU women's basketball shakes off jitters at Black and Gold Scrimmage
KC Star: Freshman Jordan Frericks impressive for Missouri women in Black & Gold scrimmage
The Maneater: Gold edges Black in women’s hoops scrimmage

Swimming & Diving
The Missourian: Missouri Swimming and Diving takes on Florida

Men's Golf
The Missourian: Missouri golf's Hunter Kraus has his best performance of season