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Mizzou Links, 4-15-13

Mizzou Softball's lack of a No. 2 pitcher blows up in its face again, Mizzou Baseball gets manhandled by Vanderbilt, Mizzou Basketball misses out on Aaron Cosby, Mizzou Tennis finishes the season with two losses ... but hey, Fast Break Football sounds fun!

Bill Carter

So yeah ... let's just forget this weekend ever happened.

Mizzou Football Links

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    PowerMizzou: Fast Break Football

    For the Tigers this spring, getting it done right means getting it done quickly. Henson has put an emphasis on increasing the tempo of the offense and decreasing the time in between snaps.

    "We're getting so many more plays off right now than we were last year," Evan Boehm said. "That's one thing as an offense that we like cause the defense gets tired from it. The tempo's so fast, they don't get time to sub out, they don't get time to rest."

    "We just want to go out there and wear teams out as soon as we go on the field," Dorial Green-Beckham added.

    Henson said he has a certain time on the play clock by which he wants a play run (however, he did not share that time). He has seen his offense at times be waiting at the line of scrimmage for the officials to set the ball.

    "Tempo's been one of our focuses," Henson said. "I think we're getting to where we want to be from that standpoint."

    The adjustment has largely been simplifying things for his players. The Tigers say the signals to send plays in have been simplified quite a bit from last year. In addition, the receivers are staying on the same side of the ball from play to play, reducing the time and energy they spend running across the formation between snaps.

    KC Star: MU looks to increase offensive tempo

    Henson also hopes the tempo change will help him coax more from a talented group of receivers that features several tall, fast, experienced players like Dorial Green-Beckham, Marcus Lucas and L'Damian Washington, Bud Sasser and Jimmie Hunt.

    "We have a lot of talented receivers that, I think, some people don't really understand how talented they actually are," said senior quarterback James Franklin. "We're excited to exploit that and move guys around and see what happens."

    So far, the receivers seem to like it.

    "We've been doing a lot of two-minute stuff — we want to go out there and wear teams out," said Green-Beckham, who shined on Saturday by catching eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. "We have the receiving group to beat any team out there."

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    The Trib: Missouri coaches, administrators use Skype as recruiting tool

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • Clarkson
    The Trib: Jordan Clarkson ready to join MU basketball lineup

    The past season was not idle time, either. Clarkson used it to get stronger and work on many aspects of his game, primarily under the supervision of associate head coach Tim Fuller and assistant Rick Carter.

    He weighed in at about 180 pounds when he arrived last June but has added 12 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-4 frame. He aims to be between 195 pounds and 200 when the season tips off in November. The extra weight and strength should help him deal with the increased physicality of the Southeastern Conference.

    Clarkson also worked on refining his point-guard skills.

    They were already somewhat developed after sharing ball-handling responsibilities with another transfer from Tulsa to the SEC, Eric McClellan of Vanderbilt. But he got a chance to work against and observe Pressey, who led the conference in assists.

    "He really pushed me to my limits in practice, just going at him every day and him going at me," Clarkson said. "I learned a lot from him."

    He's expected to see plenty of time in Pressey's former position, along with incoming freshman Wesley Clark and any other ball-handler the coaching staff might add with one of its three open scholarships during the spring signing period that begins Wednesday.

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    Zags Blog: Aaron Cosby to Illinois
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    PowerMizzou: Basketball Recruiting Reset
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Mizzou Softball Links

  • Mizzou 9, Arkansas 0 Roth Ends It Early for No. 8 Mizzou over Arkansas, 9-0
    The Trib: Missouri beats Arkansas 9-0
    The Missourian: Redshirt freshman Carlie Rose helps Missouri beat Arkansas
    KBIA Sports: Offense carries Mizzou to win over Arkansas
  • Arkansas 4, Mizzou 1 (11) No. 8 Mizzou Outlasted in Extras by Arkansas, 4-1
    The Trib: Arkansas downs Missouri in 11 innings
    The Missourian: Arkansas softball wins pitchers' duel Saturday against Missouri
    KBIA Sports: Mizzou loses pitching duel with Arkansas in extra innings
  • Arkansas 11, Mizzou 10 (8) No. 8 Mizzou Allows Arkansas to Escape in Extras, 11-10
    The Trib: MU drops wild shootout, loses series to Arkansas
    KBIA Sports: Mizzou loses back-and-forth game with Arkansas in extra innings
  • Agreed ... And I Have No Idea
    The Trib: Plan B needed for Thomas, MU softball

Mizzou Baseball Links

  • Vanderbilt 11, Mizzou 5 Mizzou Squanders Early Leads at No. 3 Vanderbilt in 11-5 Loss
    The Trib: Vanderbilt roughs up Missouri
    The Missourian: Missouri gives up early leads, falls to third-ranked Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt 12, Mizzou 1 Mizzou Falls at No. 3 Vanderbilt, 12-1
    KBIA Sports: No. 3 Vanderbilt trounces Missouri
  • Vanderbilt 16, Mizzou 4 No. 3 Vanderbilt Completes Sweep of Mizzou Manhandled by Vandy

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Women's Basketball
    The Trib: Tigers set to stun some more
  • Mizzou Tennis Mizzou Suffers 4-1 Loss to Ole Miss Mizzou Closes Regular Season with Loss to Mississippi State
  • Mizzou Women's Golf Butler Garners N4A Wilma Rudolf Award Butler Receives Unsung Hero Award
  • Mizzou Track & Field Tigers Round Out Weekend with Strong Multi-Event Showing
  • Mizzou Soccer Adeshigbin to Play with FC Kansas CIty


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