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CJ Mosley, William Moore, Henry Josey, Chase Daniel and Michael Sam doing work, the Mizzou defense figures to be very strong and versatile, and sources tell us who #MizzouBaby is. Also, Bill should be back any minute now.

Ronald Martinez
Bet ya didn't even notice he was gone. A lot of credit for that goes to Jack Peglow for his hard work.

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Gary Pinkel accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge but forgot the name of Mizzou's mascot

And though it's a bit grainy, this is Mizzou basketball's Tramaine Isabell doing the ice bucket challenge with retired Portland Trailblazer and University of Washington star Brandon Roy. He ends up calling out teammate Deuce Bello.

Professional Tigers

An oft forgot ex-Mizzou defensive tackle has been earning starter's minutes next to Ndamukong Suh

Nick Fairley remains with the Lions' backups - Pride Of Detroit

Given how things have gone lately for Fairley, I would expect C.J. Mosley to once again be in the starting lineup when the Lions take on the Jacksonville Jaguars later this week. Yes, it's a long week, and things could change by the time Friday arrives, but it doesn't seem like Fairley has received the message the Lions are trying to send him. Once that happens, perhaps Fairley will receive a promotion back to the starting lineup, but he's a backup for now.

William Moore: Safety competition is wide open right now, and Kemal Ishmael may have the edge - The Falcoholic

Interesting. If you've been watching Hard Knocks, then you know how respected Moore is among the coaches and his peers. He really is the leader of the defense now. And for him to throw heaps of praise on Ishamel like this, especially after he publicly aired his feelings about Thomas DeCoud's departure, it means something.

Inside Training Camp: Mr. Opportunity

Sunday marked the team’s first on-field action since Friday night’s preseason game. We review the Patriots game and chat with rookie running back Henry Josey

Chiefs QB Chase Daniel, wife Hillary, talk about game changing wishes |

As good as it is to see Sam make a play, it was just a preseason game and apparently his competition is very tough

2014 St. Louis Rams Roster: 53-Man Projection Update - Turf Show Times

Last time, I suggested the roster spot dilemma here was down to Michael Sam's attempt to make the team. I was wrong. Ethan Westbrooks was my MVP of the game against the Packers. The hope for both would be that the Rams go tight in other positions (QB/RB/WR, largely) to keep an extra DE on the roster.

Rams' Michael Sam earns first NFL sack vs. Packers -

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam earned his first NFL sack in the team's 21-7 preseason loss to Green Bay on Saturday. In his quest to make an NFL roster, is there more in store for Sam?


MU’s Lucas Vincent ready to be a beast on Tigers’ defensive line | The Kansas City Star

Physically, Vincent dropped roughly 15 pounds. He expects to play in the 290- to 295-pound range this season."I’m lighter, I can move, I can stay out there more plays and I can run to the ball better," Vincent said. It’s also allowed Vincent to be more relentless.

"I feel like I’ve always had the physical tools, but the last couple seasons I don’t know that I was mentally prepared," Vincent said. "My mental game now is completely different than it has been. My mentality is, ‘I’m going to make the play. I have to make the play.’"

He credits Pat Ivey, the Tigers’ associate athletic director for athletic performance, for completely changing his mindset. "Every Monday night, we have our mental-conditioning classes with coach Ivey," Vincent said. "This year, I really took it to heart, really applying it to stuff. Yeah, football is physical, but it’s more mental than people know."

Singleton emerges as Mizzou's do-it-all defender : Sports

Instead, like defensive coaches around the country in the era of no-huddle spread attacks, Steckel has to combat offenses other ways. Perhaps more than ever, Mizzou’s defense relies on versatile defenders to play the nickelback position. This year, that player is senior Duron Singleton.

Mizzou's Penton shows flashes of Gaines : Sports

In his 14th season coaching Mizzou’s cornerbacks, Ford believes this might be the youngest collection of players he’s had at the position. There’s not a senior among the seven scholarship players at the position and only two juniors, including junior college transfer Kenya Dennis.

Projected starters Aarion Penton and John Gibson are sophomores. Collectively, the group has just two career starts at Mizzou, both by Penton last year. Five months after graduating from CBC, Penton replaced an injured Gaines against Florida and South Carolina, making him the team’s most seasoned cornerback — by default.

Missouri cornerback Aarion Penton monitors family in Ferguson | The Kansas City Star

Missouri sophomore cornerback Aarion Penton grew up in the northern St. Louis suburbs, where protesters and police have clashed for four days after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown.

Speaking of, yesterday we delightfully found out that #MizzouBaby is George Penton III, brother of current Mizzou cornerback Aarion Penton III:

Mizzou Baby Forever - Rock M Nation


by penton11

Mizzou Baby is just that ...FULL OF LOVE FOR MIZZOU!!! Mizzou Baby is my nephew and you all will see him at these games this season! GO MIZZOU!!! GO BABY G!!! GO MIZZOU BABY!!! #titibaby…he..on..therollicossi!!! (he knows what this says!! lol) LOVE YOU MIZZOU!!! GO AP!!!!!!

by Kirra Penton


MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou Basketball's Sprint Center Tickets On Sale Now - Official Athletic Site Official Athletic Site - Men's Basketball

Columbia, Mo. -Tickets for Mizzou Basketball's doubleheader at the Sprint Center in Kansas City are on sale now through the Sprint Center Box Office. Fans can purchase tickets to see Mizzou Women's Basketball take on Missouri State at 4 p.m. on Dec. 30 followed by the Men's game against Oklahoma State, tipping off at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Tickets for the women's game are $10 for adults and $5 for youths. Ticket prices for the men's game begin as low as $15. Fans who purchase a ticket to the men's contest will receive a ticket to the women's game at 4 p.m. also.

Sam/Trent will have more on this later, but potentially good/bad news to celebrate/reconcile during Happy Hour

4 star Hickman PG Jimmy Whitt will announce tomorrow at 5pm