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Missouri RB Chase Abbington has a chance to make a name for himself this spring

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The Trib (David Morrison): MU spring football kicks off Tuesday

The Tigers open practice at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and will go 15 sessions ending with the Black & Gold Game on April 16 at 5 p.m. Missouri will regularly go on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday morning during the week and will take off practice for the school's spring break, which runs from March 27 through April 3.

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou spring practices kick off next week

A few changes to the schedule and media access under Odom: Only seven of the 14 practices will be open to the media. Odom and select coaches and their corresponding position groups will be available for interviews on assigned days. Any full scrimmages that take place during the spring will take place on closed sessions. Mizzou Spring Football Preview: Running Backs

Odom seems to prefer bigger backs, and Witter (5-10, 190 pounds) certainly doesn’t fit that description. Chase Abbington is the guy to watch in the spring. Abbington, a JuCo transfer, admitted to reporters when he got to fall camp last year that he was a bit out of shape. That set him back, and he never contributed in the way that many expected him to. He has the size (6-2, 215 pounds) that Odom is looking for. Does he have the explosion to be an every down SEC back? That remains to be seen. But I would be surprised if he isn’t at least competing for the starting job coming out of the spring.

We'll talk about this in the spring preview series, obviously, but man oh man, would it be fun to watch Chase Abbington break out this spring. Few could change the prognosis, makeup, and identity of this offense with a breakout like him.

PowerMizzou: Spring football preview: Defensive line

Even beyond Beckner, Missouri has two other rising super-sophomores. Josh Moore and Nate Howard surprised plenty when they avoided a redshirt in 2015. Each played a considerable amount and showed flashes of their talent.

The biggest area for improvement for each was strength. After their first offseason in Columbia, it will be interesting to see how Moore and Howard look and play this spring. They could push for more playing time, although Howard will have an uphill battle to start at defensive end.

The Trib (David Morrison): Position Primer: Special Teams

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To Pinkel, it means that Odom, while certainly influenced by his predecessor’s example, will be able to mold the football program in his own vision. He was hired to be his own coach and not a clone, a fact to which Pinkel can attest.

"I think he’ll run a good portion of the football program they already have here because he knows it works; he understands the success and the importance of it," Pinkel says. "But he’ll do the right thing, and he’ll put his own footprint and handprint on everything. Maybe it’s ‘We did this here with Coach Pinkel, but I think I know a better way,’ and that’s good."

Odom’s freedom to break tradition extends to his staff just as much as it does to the on-field product. It’s important and integral that he do so. He can’t let past tendencies set his ways, a point with which Rhoades vehemently agrees. This is, after all, Mizzou’s program. And specific people are recruited to run it.

Marquise Doherty's time management skills are going to be elite

The Trib (David Morrison): On Marquise Doherty's busy spring

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