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Mizzou Links, 10-25-13

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1. One day to South Carolina

KC Star: Taking a look inside South Carolina, Missouri’s opponent Saturday
KC Star: Missouri-South Carolina football preview
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Britt relishes rematch with Clowney

Britt, still less than a year removed from reconstructive knee surgery, relishes the chance for a second showdown with Clowney. In South Carolina’s 31-10 win over the Tigers last year, Britt held his ground for most of the game but allowed two Clowney sacks in a span of five plays in the third quarter.

"I feel like I had a good game, minus two plays," Britt said. "Those stuck with me since then, but I’m not going to go into the game thinking about it. I think I did well, but I can do better."

"I can show you some tape where (Britt) blocked the heck out of him," Walker said. "He gave up some pressure, but you play against a guy like that, he has an amazing combination of quickness and just raw foot speed for a guy who’s that big.

"I think in a former life he was a model for a statue somewhere over in Italy."

Post-Dispatch: Spurrier settles on backup QB to start
The Missourian: Missouri football still facing criticism despite 7-0 start Fan Primer: South Carolina
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1: Marcus Lucas Previews Homecoming

Typically, yes
The Missourian: Happy Missouri sports fans more likely to spend money

We were scared, too, Henry
KC Star: MU’s Henry Josey shakes off scare after hit to his knee
Fox Sports MW: Josey's comeback epitomizes the spirit of Mizzou's football revival

Good question
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): STAT SPOTLIGHT: How Have Missouri's Opponents Done Against Everyone Else?

Missouri is intercepting two passes a game, or 147 percent more than the 0.81 interceptions its opponents have thrown in their other 43 games.

The Tigers also have 3.29 sacks a game, or 2.06 times as many as the 1.60 its opponents have allowed in their other 43 games.

Notice also the quantity vs. quality pull in the pass game.

Opponents have attempted 42 passes a game against Missouri, or 35 percent more than they have against everyone else. They've completed 26.3 of those passes a game, or 31.5 percent above the norm.

But all those passes have gone for only 8.9 percent more yards against Missouri than they have against the opponents' other opponents. And the Tigers are holding them to a passer efficiency rating that is 18 percent worse.

Also this: Missouri's opponents have run nearly four more plays a game against the Tigers than everyone else but gained 55.5 fewer yards a game.

And since it seems to have an impact in every game Mizzou plays...
The Trib: Targeting rule could change, but not this year

2. Nine sacks in four games (in the ESSSS-EEEEE-SEEEE) gets you attention

Deadspin (Matt Hinton): Lowsman Trophy Watch: Jadeveon Clowney Arises

MICHAEL SAM • DE, Missouri.

For the second week in a row, Sam stood out in a validating upset for the Tigers, looking every bit the prototypical Ess Eee See pass rusher with three sacks in a 36-17 win over Florida. (Fellow end Kony Ealy made his mark from the other side as well, with a sack, a forced fumble and three QB hurries.) Unable to deal with the rush, the Gator offense crossed midfield just once and finished with its worst output in terms of total yards (155) since the 1999 SEC Championship Game.

PowerMizzou: Rankings of Yore: Joyner hot

Through seven games of his redshirt senior season, defensive end Michael Sam of Missouri has suddenly become a player to watch for NFL scouts. He proved that yet again on Saturday against Florida, when he added three more sacks to raise his season total to nine.

Sam entered this season as the most experienced defensive lineman for the Tigers, with 38 games of experience, 17 career tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks. As a redshirt freshman in 2010 he showed off his potential by finishing the season with 24 tackles, 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one interception. He again showed flashes of that potential in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but has truly come into his own this fall. [...]

Sam was a two-star recruit in the Class of 2009, and not ranked nationally, at his position or in Texas. Prior to this season, Sam was playing in the three-star range but he has stepped up his game immensely and has been a huge reason for the Tigers surge in the SEC. We missed on this one.

The man behind the line
PowerMizzou: Nature and nurture

By the way? I love this team.


3. And recruiting continues apace

PowerMizzou: Offensive Hot Board, 10/24
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: SEC-bound WR puts up Nintendo-like stats


The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Missouri football's Graduation Success Rate improves, ties for 4th in SEC in latest figures

5. 13 hours (or so) to Hearnes Mizzou Basketball Exhibition Opener Channel Guide
KC Star: 1993-94 Tigers to be honored at Mizzou’s ‘Return to Hearnes’ exhibition game
Post-Dispatch: Your guide to Return to Hearnes
The Missourian: Frank Haith excited to honor former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart
Mizzou Network: Hearnes Moment #2- Tate's Miracle vs KU '97
Mizzou Network: Return to Hearnes Preview


The Missourian: Missouri soccer searching for goals in upcoming matches
The Maneater: Missouri soccer fighting for postseason

The Missourian: New starters to lead Missouri wrestling after winning MAC Championship in first season

Swimming & Diving Mizzou Wins Nine Events on Day One Against SIU and Kentucky