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Post-game interviews from Saturday!

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Recaps

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Fans Get First Look at Barry Odom's Football Team at Annual Spring Game

The Trib: Tigers reveal just a bit, before heading back to bunker

The Missourian: Odom embraces fans in first year as head coach

Not bad, Drew

The Trib: Lock looks sharp, offense delivers mixed results in spring game

"The kid came in, and he could wing the ball a mile" last year, Scherer said of Lock. "He could hit whoever he wanted to hit, and then as he got in games and had more pressure on him and got less confident, he started not believing in himself. Now, he really believes in himself."

Zanders elevated his play after halftime and finished 8 for 13 for 83 yards. In the fourth quarter, he engineered a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive against the third-string defense. The drive culminated when 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman wide receiver Justin Smith went up between double coverage to haul in a 19-yard touchdown.

"We’ve made a lot of strides on the perimeter, going up and competing and attacking the football and making more competitive plays," Heupel said. "We were a long ways off at the beginning of spring ball. We’ve gotten better since we came back from spring break."

Post-Dispatch: Heupel's offense still under construction

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou offense shows signs of life in spring finale

"It’s definitely a relief for people who are concerned about the offense," wideout J’Mon Moore said. "But I’d tell those people I wouldn’t have any more concerns. We’re definitely going to put up points this year."

That remains to be seen. While coaches admitted the flavor of Saturday’s game plan was pure vanilla – "Both sides today had maybe page one of the playbook," Odom said – the sluggish start on a sun-drenched day looked familiar. The day began with a botched flea flicker pass, and it took four possessions until the offense managed a sustained drive.

That’s when the Lock of last year’s preseason camp returned — the confident, decisive accurate passer of August 2015, not the shell-shocked, overwhelmed freshman who went 2-6 once October arrived.

KC Star: QB Drew Lock stands out in MU’s Black and Gold Spring Game

"Both sides had maybe page one of the playbook today, and that was good," Odom said. "I wanted to line up and play hard, smart and tough."

Still, Lock, who completed 9 of 13 passes for 134 yards with two touchdowns, looked exceptional.

"He efficiently ran the offense and didn’t try to press and do too much, which was exciting for me to see," Odom said. "I’ve said it a number of times, his skill set is off the charts."

PowerMizzou: Black & Gold notebook

"A little more?" defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross responded when asked if the offense was presenting more of a challenge this spring. "A lot more. I don’t know what it was, but I think our offense has definitely made us show up to work every day." [...]

"I’m comfortable," Lock said. "Let’s say the offense now, I’m more comfortable with than the offense last year."

"I don’t think you’re ever comfortable. I like what they have grasped. If you ask them to draw it up, they can draw it up. But now it’s the nuances of the play," Heupel replied. "Everybody sees the big things, but it’s all the little things that add up to the big things happening."

Lots of linemen need to get healthy this summer

Post-Dispatch: Injuries pile up for Mizzou D-line

KC Star: MU notes: Tigers escape spring football game largely unscathed

Boomer

Post-Dispatch: Sooner ties run deep for Mizzou's new staff

Mizzou Tigers pennant Another sketchy weekend on the diamond(s)

Softball takes one

MUtigers.com: #18 @MizzouSoftball Drops Series Opener at #12 Kentucky, 7-6

MUtigers.com: #18 @MizzouSoftball Bounces Back with 9-2 Win at #12 Kentucky

MUtigers.com: #18 @MizzouSoftball Drops Series Finale at #12 Kentucky, 3-2

Baseball takes none

MUtigers.com: @MizzouBaseball Drops Opener to No. 9 LSU, 7-5
The Trib: Missouri falls to LSU in series opener

MUtigers.com: @MizzouBaseball Falls to No. 9 LSU, 9-5
The Trib: LSU clinches series win against Missouri

MUtigers.com: @MizzouBaseball Drops Series Finale to LSU
The Trib: Missouri baseball drops fourth straight
The Missourian: Missouri baseball's first "Bark in the Park" game has ruff result

[throws tomato at last headline]

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The Trib: Missouri lands commitment from junior college guard Geist

Post-Dispatch: Junior college guard commits to Mizzou

PowerMizzou: Geist commits on visit

PowerMizzou: Gillispie says Mizzou got a winner

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Track & Field

MUtigers.com: Personal Records Open Weekend for @MIZ_TrackField
MUtigers.com: Women’s 4x100m Highlights Tom Botts with School Record

Gymnastics

MUtigers.com: Morgan Porter Concludes Season at NCAA Championships

Golf

MUtigers.com: @MUWomensGolf Finishes Ninth at SEC Championship
MUtigers.com: Walker Leads the Way as @MizzouMensGolf Concludes Play at SEC Championship

Tennis

MUtigers.com: Hine Shines on Senior Day as @MizzouTennis Defeats Ole Miss, 4-3