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Freshman Dimetrios Mason's play a bright spot for slumping Missouri

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If you're in full-fledged Year Zero mode, you might as well have a freshman receiver stepping up his game.

Offensive game ball – Dimetrios Mason

You have to look long and hard to find many silver linings to this season, but Mason’s emergence as a piece that could be a nice contributor for years to come is one positive. Against Kentucky, the freshman wide receiver caught four passes for a team-high 101 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second 100-yard game of the season, and he ranks second on the team in receptions (26) and receiving yards (350). ... He sort of reminds me of Florida’s Brandon Powell in that I think Missouri could do a lot of things with Mason – throw passes downfield to him, hit him with screens, use him on jet sweeps and end-arounds and even line him up in the backfield here and there. We have seen Mason take some snaps this season out of the backfield.

-- The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): UK-MU rewind: Game balls, grades and key plays

Offensively, Missouri freshman wide receiver Dimetrios Mason found the end zone twice — his first scores in a black and gold uniform.

"It felt good, but losing took a part of that away," Mason said. "We needed those touchdowns, but I was really hoping we were going to win."

Mason’s first touchdown came with 2 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the first half as the Loganville, Ga., native snagged an over-the-shoulder grab from 27 yards out. His second came with 4 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the game as sophomore quarterback Drew Lock found Mason for a 57-yard bomb.

-- KC Star: MU notebook: Logan Cheadle records first interception, Dimetrios Mason gets first touchdown in Mizzou loss

After being used mostly close to the line of scrimmage early on, Mason is starting to find his groove downfield, too. As intriguing as youngsters like Emanuel Hall and Johnathon Johnson have been at times, Mason has been targeted 12 more times than Hall and 13 more times than Johnson, and despite 31 fewer targets than J'Mon Moore, he's only 182 yards behind him for the team lead.

By the way...

  • Junior and senior WRs: 100 targets, 49 catches, 762 yards (7.6), 8 TD
  • Freshman and sophomore WRs: 116 targets, 70 catches, 1,116 (9.6), 7 TD

Should be a hell of a passing game in 2018, I guess.

Mizzou <a class= @MizzouFootball Falls to Kentucky, 35-21
Post-Dispatch: Odom's vow after another loss: 'We'll get it done'
KC Star: Mizzou skid reaches four games with 35-21 home loss against Kentucky
KC Star: Game report Missouri Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats
PowerMizzou: Grading the Tigers
The Missourian: Missouri's SEC losing streak reaches 10 games after loss to Kentucky

Defense: bad

The Trib: Kentucky's powerful two-headed run game plows Missouri defense
Post-Dispatch: No defense: Odom says Mizzou loss is 'on me'

Hey, we hit 50,000...

...I didn't expect that.

The Missourian: In loss to Kentucky, Missouri football fans show frustration

More injuries!

Post-Dispatch: Injuries force Tigers to shuffle linebackers
The Trib (Joe Walljasper): What's wrong with Missouri? What isn't?

The passing game *better* be good...

...because we won't have the world's best long snapper now to bail us out, apparently. Mesa (AZ) Desert Ridge LS Adam Bay flips his commitment to Wisconsin on his official visit Badgers flip Adam Bay, top long snapper in country, from Missouri

Mizzou Tigers pennant Lots of basketball this past weekend @MizzouHoops Dunks and Dishes at Halloween & Hoops Event
B&G Illustrated: Transfer Jordan Barnett Impresses in Missouri's Hoops Scrimmage
The Trib (Daniel Jones): Missouri hoops enters season with clean bill of health (and other notes)
KC Star: Veteran Mizzou basketball players dominate first half in Black and Gold Scrimmage game

We're posting recaps of "secret" scrimmages now.

They'll be televised within two years, I'm betting. @MizzouHoops Shows Promise in Closed Scrimmage at Creighton
Post-Dispatch: Missouri falls short in closed scrimmage at Creighton
KC Star: Frankie Hughes scores 22 for Mizzou in ‘secret’ scrimmage Sunday at Creighton


The Trib (Daniel Jones): The full story of Cullen VanLeer's first hole-in-one

Mizzou Tigers pennant Easy win for Volleyball @MizzouVB Records 3-0 Sweep over Mississippi State
The Maneater: Mizzou volleyball sweeps Mississippi State
The Missourian: Missouri volleyball sweeps Mississippi State with Melanie Crow back in action

Your current standings:

1. Florida (10-1, 20-2)
1. Missouri (10-1, 19-4)
1. Kentucky (10-1, 17-5)
4. Texas A&M (8-2, 14-7)
5. Auburn (7-4, 13-11)
6. Tennessee (5-5, 15-8)

Upcoming schedule:

  • Nov. 4: at Tennessee
  • Nov. 6: at Kentucky

Big week, huh?

The Trib: Jordan Frericks embraces new role, MU volleyball hit with key injuries

Mizzou Tigers pennant Rapid fire:

SEC CHAMP Schweizer Claims SEC Crown, Four Tigers Earn All-SEC Recognition

Soccer Luebbert Named SEC Freshman of the Year, Three Other Tigers Earn All-SEC Honors

Softball @MizzouSoftball Wraps Up Perfect 2016 Fall Schedule

Baseball Black Takes Fall World Series Bonus Game, 13-2


The Maneater: Brianna Lashway brings intensity to Mizzou tennis