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Mizzou Links, 11-22-13: Lucas on the way out, DGB on the way up

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Marcus Lucas reflects with graduation looming, DGB prepares for the breakthrough, and Mizzou Volleyball goes for the school's first SEC title tonight.

Bill Carter

1. One day to Ole Miss

KC Star: Missouri-Mississippi football preview
Post-Dispatch: Rebels prepped for Mizzou pass rush
Post-Dispatch: Recruiting success makes Ole Miss formidable
The Missourian: Ole Miss will have to overcome inexperience against Missouri
Hank's Sports Blog: Know Your Enemy: Mississippi Rebels

Springfield News-Leader: Former Hillcrest star Dorial Green-Beckham has breakthrough at Mizzou

"I just felt like we needed to get the ball to him more," offensive coordinator Josh Henson said. "Give him more opportunities to make some plays."

Said Washington, "I felt like he was at a point where, if we gave him some opportunities, the defense gave us some opportunities from a schematic standpoint, he would have a chance to have a really good game."

For Green-Beckham, the shift wasn’t as dramatic.

He immediately turned most questions about his performance into a commentary about his team.

"I guess they saw it before I went out and played," Green-Beckham said.

"We really don’t talk about that much, we just talk about our receiver group, how we need to go out there and be the game-breakers, make plays and be the one that gets our offense going."

KC Star: Liberty’s Marcus Lucas reflects on his Missouri career

"It’s weird to think about, but I graduate (Dec. 13)," Marcus said. "It’s really coming down to the end. It sneaks up on you. It came a lot faster than I thought it would."

Marcus, a Liberty graduate and the 2008 Otis Taylor Award winner as the top high school wide receiver in metropolitan Kansas City, was always close with his mom, but sharing in the tradition of Tigers athletic further strengthened that bond.

"She’s here every weekend for games — well, here and away," Marcus said. "It definitely helps with our relationship being so far away. It’s something that brings us closer together every weekend. I can count on seeing her. If I wasn’t an athlete, I might not have the opportunity. I like it a lot."

It’s also made being a Tiger extra special.

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): STAT SPOTLIGHT: Just how big are Missouri's Big 3 wideouts?

2. So give me this award, and let's not make it the last... Michael Sam Named Nagurski Finalist Michael Sam Named Lombardi Finalist
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Missouri DE Michael Sam named finalist for Nagurski, Lombardi awards
KC Star: Missouri’s Sam picked as Nagurski, Lombardi finalist
Post-Dispatch: Sam makes final cut for Nagurski, Lombardi

3. You score, we score...

PowerMizzou: The Breakdown: Missouri answers

4. And recruiting keeps on moving...

Fox Sports MW: Mizzou's recruiting is getting a nice lift from 9-1 start

PowerMizzou: Hentges working to narrow list

5. One day to Gardner-Webb

The Trib: Clarkson proving early he'll be tough to stop
The Missourian: Confident Rosburg contributing to Missouri men's basketball success

6. About 13 hours to a potential SEC title

Well it appears that Rally Baby will be making her debut at a Mizzou sporting event tonight ... hopefully it's a memorable evening for more than just that...

KC Star: Senior Molly Kreklow helps MU volleyball to brink of first SEC title
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou volleyball on brink of history
The Missourian: Missouri volleyball has chance to clinch school's first SEC title

7. Well THAT could have been bad... Kulas Scores 27 As Missouri Races Past SEMO, 62-57
The Missourian: Defense aids Missouri women's basketball's comeback against Southeast Missouri State
Mizzou Network: HIGHLIGHTS: Mizzou Defeats SEMO 62-57


Swimming & Diving Mizzou Women Record Two NCAA 'A' Cuts on Day One at Mizzou Invite Men's S&D Impresses at Day One of Mizzou Invite
The Missourian: Missouri swimmers qualify for NCAA Championships at Mizzou Invite

Cross Country
The Missourian: MU freshman to compete in NCAA cross-country championships

Soccer Mizzou Soccer Fan Survey