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Mizzou Links, 8-7-14: Newsom embraces Parkway North legacy, Carberry earns a schollie

Donavin Newsom embraces Aaron O'Neal's Parkway North legacy, lineman Stephen Carberry tells his dad about his scholarship, Truman's Terrace takes shape, and ... can we have a re-draw for the Maui Invitational bracket?

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Can I interest you in an SEC Network Mizzou animation? What about a video on Truman's Terrace?


Really nice couple of pieces on Donavin Newsom and Stephen Carberry here. August is a good time for touching profiles.

Newsom and AO
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Newsom carries tradition with pride

"I said to him, ‘You’re going to be compared a lot to Aaron. Does that bother you?’" Bunton asked. "Right away, without any hesitance at all, he just said, ‘I’m proud of that. I’m proud of that.’"

Bunton was relieved. He was touched. He was proud.

Aaron is Aaron O’Neal, the former Parkway North star running back and linebacker who came to Missouri in 2004 to play linebacker. On July 12, 2005 — a day remembered, perhaps, as the worst in Mizzou’s century-plus of college football — O’Neal died shortly after he struggled to complete a voluntary offseason workout.

PowerMizzou: Process pays off for Carberry

What's uncommon about Carberry's reaction to the scholarship was that there wasn't much reaction. He said the best part wasn't finding out that his work paid off in his final year. The best part, instead, was telling his father, Bill.

"That was a pretty awesome conversation to have, to be honest," Carberry said. "Telling him he didn't have to worry about a tuition check.

"He was very proud, very choked up. He helped me live out my dream of playing college football here, walking on. I owe everything to my family. They've had my back and it was a very special moment to tell him that."

Nah, I just ask the Missouri team to believe
Team Speed Kills: 14 for '14: Missouri Asks You to Believe

The bigger questions come from the defensive back seven, where just two starters return. That said, this might not be a bad year to turn over that set given all of the quarterback uncertainty around the league. Plus the monstrous D-line will help out those behind it, just as the running game will help out the passing game.

When you look around the field, the secondary is really the only place that should give you the shakes. Even at receiver, the projected top three options of Bud Sasser, Jimmie Hunt, and Darius White are all seniors.

No, if there's one place besides secondary where Mizzou has an obvious deficiency, it's in the recruiting rankings. MU's best rated class in the last five was the 21st-ranked 2010 group, but most of those players are gone by now. Just how much do you believe in Pinkel's ability to beat teams that are full of stars? Last year's was an experienced team winning an injury ravaged division. Could he really do it again?

Well I would hope so...
The Trib: Memorial Stadium renovations on pace to be ready by opener

The expansion project will add around 4,100 upper-deck seats and 1,200 premium seats to the east side of the stadium, an addition that is expected to bring the building’s capacity to more than 71,000 again and includes a new indoor club area and a "Truman’s Terrace" tailgating area beyond the southeast corner of the stadium.

Hickman said the crews began installing carpet to the indoor club area yesterday and are starting to sod the tailgating area this week.

The Trib: Ricker comes full circle as Tigers' new O-line coach

Post-Dispatch: Charter picks up SEC Network


A challenging Maui bracket
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The Trib (Courtside View): Tigers get tough draw in Maui Invitational
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou draws Arizona in Maui Invitational College basketball tournament reveal: EA Sports Maui Invitational

Arizona right off the bat. Yuck.


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