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Mizzou Links: Justin Smith retiring, Chase Daniel winning, Barry Odom recruiting

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Justin Smith is likely retiring, Chase Daniel plays well in his second career start, Jeremy Maclin wants to remain an Eagle, and Shane Ray is a likely top-10 draft pick.

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What's On

Markus Golden just being a swell guy:

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Pros, future pros, and soon-to-be former pros

I picture Justin Smith returning to the sea to rest, his work in the NFL done for now, waiting to return when the world needs him once again

Chargers-Chiefs final score: Kansas City eliminated from playoffs despite 19-7 victory over San Diego - Arrowhead Pride

Chase Daniel played a good game

His numbers aren't amazing but it was a good game for the Chiefs backup quarterback making his first start since last year's Week 17 game vs. San Diego. He started off the game 9-of-9 with a couple of scoring drives and looked sharp while doing it. He also ran the read option a couple of times to pick up 16 rushing yards. He was different from Alex Smith in that he seemed to target players down the field more often, even if the ball was incomplete. Daniel seemed to attempt throws that Smith wouldn't even think about attempting. I'm not saying he's better than Smith but Daniel did play better than I thought he would.

5 Things: Maclin Wants To Remain An Eagle

"This is the place I want to be. As long as we can agree to something, this is where I want to be," Maclin said. "I know that both sides have made it clear that we both want to be here - they want me here, I want to be here. If everything works out, we'll get something done."

I guess the Atlanta Falcons could do worse than "one Mizzou player at every defensive position" → 2015 NFL Mock Draft: Mariota the favorite to land No. 1 in Tampa -

8. Atlanta Falcons – DE Shane Ray, Missouri Time will tell if the Falcons make changes on the coaching staff, but regardless of scheme and philosophies, Atlanta needs help at pass rusher. Ray has a terrific first step that will give NFL offensive tackles trouble from day one.

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Barry Odom

"Barry, talk about yourself"

/entire Mizzou press bristles

Odom reintroduces himself to new team - Columbia Daily Tribune | David Morrison

"They want me to talk about you," sophomore linebacker Michael Scherer said to Odom, standing a few feet away, when he settled in for an interview after Friday’s practice.

"Say whatever you want," Odom said.

Odom was Missouri’s safeties coach when the Tigers were recruiting Scherer before the coach left to take the Memphis defensive coordinator job, so Scherer — and, basically, any player Missouri had in the fold or was courting in 2011 — has a baseline of understanding about their new coach.

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Marquise Doherty - Tigers receive late present

In-state ATH Marquise Doherty makes 15 commits for 2015 - Columbia Daily Tribune

Winnetonka's Doherty commits to Mizzou : Dave Matter

Missouri picks up commitment from Winnetonka two-sport star Marquise Doherty | The Kansas City Star

Now we play the "will he play baseball?" waiting game