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Mizzou Links: Redshirt or no redshirt decisions coming soon, and Gaines is almost back

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Ernest Payton just wants to get his hands on you.
Ernest Payton just wants to get his hands on you.
Bill Carter

We'll talk basketball schedules in a different post, so here's everything not related to basketball schedules.

1. 10 days

The Trib: Camp Notes: The "E.J. Gaines is (almost) back" edition

* Sophomore cornerback David Johnson said the secondary didn't necessarily take on a different complexion with Gaines gone, but you could tell he was missing: "You can tell he’s there when he’s there. I’ll put it like that." […]

* Anybody impress [Gaines], in particular?: "I would start off by saying Ernest Payton. He took my spot when I went down, and he’s stepped up and made a lot of plays for our defense and doing things he hasn’t really gotten the chance to do. When it comes his way, he’s making plays."

* Payton came to Missouri as a corner, but tried out safety in the spring. The 6-foot-2 sophomore said it just wasn't the same: "I was like, ‘I want to go back to corner. I need to get my hands on somebody. I need to touch them. Let them know what I’m feeling about them.’”

* (Editor's Note: Awwwwwww yeahhhhhhhh gurrrrrrrrrrrrrrl.)

Seriously, where the hell was that quote two days ago before we published Payton's part of the Walkthrough series??

Post-Dispatch: Tigers closer to having defensive leader back in secondary

A handful of freshmen have worked with the second and third units during the first two scrimmages and look like candidates for playing time this year: defensive tackle Josh Augusta, wide receiver J’Mon Moore, tight end Jason Reece and cornerback Aarion Penton.

Missouri has resisted playing freshmen the past few seasons. Last year, just three freshmen appeared in games instead of taking a redshirt: offensive lineman Evan Boehm, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and tailback Russell Hansbrough.

In 2011, Missouri redshirted its entire freshman class.

The Missourian: Missouri football's Jimmie Hunt confident he can score
KC Star: Missouri’s E.J. Gaines gets back on the practice field
PowerMizzou: Camp Notebook: August 20

The Tiger kicking game has not been a subject of much camp speculation thus far. I asked Pinkel about both of his specialists, placekicker Andrew Baggett and punter Christian Brinser.

Pinkel said Brinser's performance in camp has been "extraordinary."

"Andrew, I think just a little bit more consistency we need, but he makes pressure kicks. He's always done that. I think he's certainly gotten better. His kickoffs have been really, really good this year," the coach said. "Brinser is doing extraordinarily well. I probably shouldn't say that, but I mean, really...He's really, really doing well." 
Pinkel and Brinser both heavily credited a summer trip to a kicking camp in Wisconsin for his improvement. And the junior walk-on from Liberty isn't afraid to share his lofty goals. - See more at:

PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Camp 8/20
We Are Mizzou: PHOTOS: 2013 Mizzou Football Camp
Mizzou Network: Fall Camp 2013: Post Practice Workouts

2. Yay, I guess?

The Maneater: Missouri, Illinois may rekindle ‘Arch’ Rivalry

3. What's your vote?

PowerMizzou: Rivals Era: Top Ten recruits in Missouri

4. Mizzou 2013-14: Under Construction Tennis Construction Update

5. SPOOOOOOOOOOOOON Spoon Carrying on Lessons Taught by Peterson

6. How's soccer going? Soccer Offers Loyal Fan Promotion to Win Free Television
The Maneater: Diggs focuses beyond awards

7. How's volleyball going? Volleyball Offers Free Admission to Black & Gold, Tiger Invite
The Maneater: Kan, Keala look to power Tigers’ 18th ranked recruiting class

8. Well yeah

KC Star: Demand will drive SEC Network


Women's Basketball
The Trib: Pingeton shook the trees; Jackson fell out

Baseball Mizzou Tiger Elite Fall Skills Camp Registration Open

Football for Ladies Women's X's and O's Clinic Set for Saturday
SB Nation: Do not attempt to help women enjoy football