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Tight ends, POP passes, and Drew Lock as leader -- we're starting to learn about the Mizzou offense

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SEC Sports: Drew Lock ready to step into leadership role

This video isn't as revealing as the one the other day with Charles Harris, but Lock does talk about how he may not have been prepared to start as a true freshman. "I definitely think there can be more of a leadership role from my half. I was coming in, I didn't fully expect to take on the starting job right as I got here. I didn't necessarily think they thought I should either."

A tight end is standing out a bit

MU Notes: The "1080...11?...p" edition - David Morrison

Blanton caught a touchdown on a pop pass during the Tigers' first scrimmage of the spring Saturday, according to Culkin, and is playing his way toward more time on the field than the specialty set for which he went out there against South Carolina for all of two snaps last year.

Odom takes stock as spring nears halfway point - The Trib

Sophomore safety Cam Hilton marveled at the offense’s speed under new coordinator Josh Heupel, saying the group was taking only about 16 seconds between plays, and tight end Sean Culkin said rising sophomore Kendall Blanton caught a touchdown on a pop pass.

"You can see his potential through the weight room and then, also, his film study, his maturity and how he answers questions, how he looks at football and sees the fronts," Culkin said of Blanton. "You can see him expand in that area, and now it’s carrying over to the field. He’s a guy with a lot of upside."

Welcome, NFL

Missouri also held its Pro Day yesterday, and Russell Hansbrough's 4.38 40-yard dash was the standout moment. But Kentrell Brothers was also able to prove himself.

Post-Dispatch: Brothers fixes flaws at Mizzou's pro day

"Nerves weren’t a huge factor, but when I got to the bench press, on the first rep I dropped the weight on my chest I was so nervous," Brothers said Wednesday at Mizzou’s pro scouting day. "I forgot how to bench. On the 40 (yard dash), I used no techniques that I had learned. On the broad and vert (jumps), I used none of the techniques I had learned. I was just rushing into things trying to get them over with. But I made sure to take my time on everything today."

The Missourian: Former Missouri football players make final impression on NFL scouts

He ran a personal best 4.75-second 40-yard dash, which he said is much better than the 4.89-second time he ran at the combine.

"That was the goal," Brothers said. "I knew I wasn’t that slow."

Brothers weighed in at 250 pounds at the combine after dropping 10 pounds for Pro Day, but he weighed in at 244 after a big dinner.

"I would be like 240, but I had Olive Garden last night," he said with a laugh. "I haven’t had carbs in like forever."

Gotta watch those breadsticks, Kentrell.

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Tigers in need of impact players as they try to round out 2016 class - Columbia Daily Tribune

"Position-wise, I think we’ll need to get a guard, maybe two guards, and I think you’re always searching for a big man," Anderson said. "Obviously, there’s the self-imposed restriction that has to be used either this year or next year, so we’ll evaluate that as we go forth."

Anderson counting on returners to give Missouri needed stability - The Trib

Junior forward Jordan Frericks continues to earn recognition for her role on the Women's hoops team.

Junior forward Jordan Frericks is a WBCA Region 2 All-American finalist! #MizzouMade #OurTownOurTeam

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Softball wins again

Mizzou takes down Northern Iowa

No. 15 Mizzou Softball (23-4) extended its winning streak to a season-high eight games on Wednesday, defeating Northern Iowa, 6-0. Freshman Danielle Baumgartner (Mexico, Mo.) earned her second