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Mizzou Links: Maty Mauk's fearless, and Justin Smith's still got it

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Maty Mauk is fearless, for better or worse. Plus: Marcus Murphy has his return mojo back, Justin Smith is still making plays for the 49ers, and Mizzou Volleyball is struggling out of the gates.

Christian Petersen

1. From the teleconference

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Gary Pinkel on the SEC Teleconference: Week 3

How emotional was it for you going back to Toledo?

I've got some pretty good self-discipline. For the most part, I focused it all on the game, obviously. The night before the game, I saw a lot of friends and family. People I hadn't seen for a long time that live in the Toledo area. High-school friends, college friends, a bunch of my players from Toledo, some of my captains I coached then. I hadn't seem them in, gosh, 15, 17, 18 years. It was really awesome. I'm glad it was over, glad we won the game. It was a great experience, but I don't want to do it again.

Post-Dispatch: SEC notes: Conference gets another shot at Stoops' Sooners

2. Bring on UCF

Holman
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou is familiar with UCF quarterback

Maty
PowerMizzou: Powered Up: No Fear

Murph
The Trib: Murphy has flashbacks to 2012 with big returns

Culkin
The Missourian: Missouri passing game looks to target tight end Culkin more

3. Program! Get your program here...

MUTIGERS.COM: 2014 Mizzou Football Gameday Program Features
MUTIGERS.COM: Senior Gameday Program Feature - Denzel Martin
MUTIGERS.COM: Senior Gameday Program Feature - Darvin Ruise
MUTIGERS.COM: Gameday Program Feature - Truman's Terrace
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Athletics Sees Resounding Recycling Success
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Athletics To Host Rally Club This Saturday

4. In the pros

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou in the NFL: Cowboy Up

1. Justin Smith, DL, 49ers: San Francisco’s defense is a shell of itself, missing All-Pro linebacker Navarro Bowman (broken leg) and outside linebacker Aldon Smith (suspended). Leave it to the veteran the Niners call Cowboy to set the tone for Sunday’s demotion of the Cowboys. Smith, in his 14th NFL season, finished with four tackles and two sacks and batted down a pass. Pro Football Focus graded Smith at plus 5.0 for the day (that’s really good), his best grade from the advanced metrics site since Week 11 of 2012.

Smith’s two sacks puts him at 84 for his career, which ranks eighth among active players and 45th all-time in the NFL. (All seven of those active players ranked ahead of him are either 4-3 defensive ends or 3-4 outside linebackers. Smith is a 3-4 end who gets his push up the middle against interior blockers.) Last week, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo told Bay Area reporters that Smith "might have been the best player in the NFL over the course of the last five years." Bold statement. Bold play from Smith on Sunday.

Philly.com: Eagles players talk about the best players they've ever faced

Jeremy Maclin: I played Nnamdi my rookie year when he was in Oakland. He’s just long, man. 6’2, didn’t have crazy speed, but was really good at press. Obviously that was when he was in Oakland. I played Revis when he was  in New York. Revis was still up there. I haven’t played Sherman yet. I’m a big fan of Patrick Peterson. If you were to ask me who’s the best in the league, I’d probably say Patrick Peterson.

5. On the hardwood (and grass)

Basketball
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Basketball To Host Walk-On Tryouts Sept. 24
PowerMizzou.com - Basketball in VanLeer's blood
CBS Sports: A rare recruiting restriction is hindering SEC basketball growth

Volleyball
The Trib: Tigers can't shake the doldrums
The Missourian: Missouri volleyball: 5 things learned so far from this season

Soccer
The Maneater: Following two ACL tears, Herrman ready to go