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Mizzou Links, 8-12-14: Walk-ons, a Golden story, and volleyball respect

Markus Golden traveled a long road to become a Mizzou star, Gavin Otte just wants to catch a pass, everybody loves Andy Hill, and Mizzou Volleyball begins the season in the top 15.

Bill Carter

What's On

Well, in two and a half days, the SEC Network will be on. Huzzah! Beyond that, can I interest you in a little Markus Golden Story?


Hope you got yours
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Every team needs a good walk-on story
Post-Dispatch: MUs Otte hopes to catch a break — and a pass

"It would mean a lot," Otte said. "When I decided to come here, that was my intention. I wanted some playing time here, to see what I can do at the Division I level. To see it all pay off would mean quite a bit."

Otte (pronounced OTT-ey) can prove his worth in Mizzou’s offense today with the first scrimmage of the preseason. When camp began last week, he was Hunt’s top backup at the H-receiver (slot) position and MU’s first receiver off the bench in 10-personnel packages (four receivers, no tight end). He’ll get some competition for that role from senior Marcus Murphy, a converted tailback who’s expected to take most of his scrimmage snaps at receiver.

But coaches and teammates have seen enough from Otte to insist he can become a contributor.

4 Lyfe
The Missourian: Andy Hill sees himself as a Tiger for life

"If you walk around Columbia with him, he knows everybody," former Missouri receiver T.J. Moe said.

The notoriety is a result of Hill's success. There were questions about his appointment to associate head coach and quarterbacks coach after a disappointing 5-7 season in 2012.

But Hill was able to get former quarterback James Franklin back on track last year while also training his replacement, Mauk. With Hill coaching the men under center, quarterback looks to continue to be a position of strength for Missouri for years to come.

"I used Coach Hill to learn (this offseason)," Mauk said. "I got better."

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DISRE--wait, that's actually respect, isn't it...
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Women's basketball
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