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Penton back (and other Media Day stuff)
Penton, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound St. Louis native, started Missouri's first nine games this season. He's second on the team with three interceptions and leads the Tigers with 10 passes defended.
Fellow sophomore John Gibson and junior David Johnson filled in for Penton against Texas A&M. Gibson logged three tackles.
The Tigers, who were also missing starting safety Braylon Webb for the first half of the game while he served a suspension from his targeting ejection against Kentucky, gave up 237 pass yards and three touchdowns on 36 attempts against the Aggies, with an Ian Simon interception.
Penton, the former All-State player at CBC, was also arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession in March.
"These are young guys," cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford said of the situation last week. "They all make mistakes, just like my kids. I try to treat them just like that. We move on and learn from it. Hopefully, they don't make the same mistakes again. We try to use it as a teaching moment."
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The offense had a hell of a Saturday. And it'll need to play even better this Saturday.
On the return of wide receiver Darius White against Texas A&M...
"Five or six plays I noticed some great plays from him. That third down play with the touchdown catch was a really important part of the game. It was pouring down rain and he somehow came down with a one-handed catch. You got to have players make plays. Darius certainly did a great job."
On running back Russell Hansbrough's performance at Texas A&M...
"He was really breaking a lot of tackles and had quickness. I think running backs coach, Brian Jones, has done a good job with him and he's different now than he was in the first half of the season. He's had great quickness and change of direction and he'd always try to outrun the defense and cut back. Sometimes he was successful and we all saw that. What Coach Jones has tried to do is to get him to go downhill more, find creases and use his speed to cut. He gets that now. He's playing different now. Give him a little more blocking and that gives him a better chance to have big plays. He has made some phenomenal runs and that allows us to be a better offensive football team."
D'Angelo Allen: another reason for down-the-line optimism
Allen alternated between running along the baseline and finding openings in the middle of Valparaiso's zone defense through Anderson's high-low zone offense. On one play, Allen caught an entry pass in the middle of the zone and found senior big man Keanau Post cutting on the baseline. Allen bounced the ball to Post, who then jammed it home.
Allen also scored his first points as a Tiger. He took three shots and hit two of them after hardly looking at the hoop in the Tigers' first game or either of the previous two exhibition games.
"He wasn't being guarded, and then he shot it," Anderson said, his tone rising with excitement. "It went in. Which he can do."
However, there has been one interesting development: This could be the slowest-paced season that college hoops has seen.
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