Interesting note from @A_Kauff on @KTGRsports -- Barry Odom says Harold Brantley could be "one of the best comeback stories he's ever seen."— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) June 11, 2016
Check it out at the 4:30 mark here:
Mizzou hasn't been too fortunate with serious football injuries of late.
The amazing recoveries of Henry Josey, Danario Alexander and Jeremy Maclin feel like a long time ago.
Andy Bauer and Morgan Steward both had to retire due to hip injuries. Running back Trevon Walters tore his ACL two years ago and then re-injured it and was unable to play last year. J'Mon Moore played through a potentially season-ending shoulder injury in 2015. Nate Crawford has had two major back surgeries in the past year. Terry Beckner tore his ACL in Mizzou's last win under Gary Pinkel. There was that plague that hit Mizzou's offensive line in 2012 and James Franklin fought through multiple injuries in 2013.
Recall that Harold Brantley "is lucky to be alive." He looked thin in the few spring practices he participated in and last we heard still needed to catch up on "academic projects". It's encouraging that Odom is saying positive things, but until I see him play I'll echo this:
Don't tell me. #ShowMe pic.twitter.com/Q46I0f25ib— Barry Odom (@Coach_Odom) June 9, 2016
Speaking of coaching staff saying things: What opposing coaches say about the SEC when given anonymity
In his seven starts versus SEC teams last year, Drew Lock threw for more than 150 yards just once -- 151 against Florida. Coach, can you talk about how to capitalize on Lock's struggles?
"The way you exploit them is to have corners who can play press and take away all the short throws. That will force Lock to make throws where he actually has to sit there and read coverages and throw in tight windows, which is where he struggles." -- SEC defensive coach
Eleven football signees from 2016 class join list of enrollees - Columbia Daily Tribune
Those enrolled freshmen are safety DeMarkus Acy, wide receiver Dominic Collins, running back Damarea Crockett, cornerback Christian Holmes, athlete Dimetrios Mason, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, tight end Brendan Scales, offensive lineman Tre’Vour Simms, defensive lineman Markell Utsey, defensive lineman Tre Williams and quarterback Micah Wilson.
We already knew that most of these players were on campus because of this tweet from Christian Holmes showing them all headed to the Mizzou Rec pool:
Feel like we brothers already ! We coming for it all #Mizzou20 pic.twitter.com/ZryFM6I1fZ— Christian†ひ. (@c_holmes662) June 9, 2016
That being said, we're still waiting for a few players, notably safeties Greg Taylor and Kaleb Prewett, running back Alex Ross, and lineman Kyle Mitchell. That's of course after news about Harry Ballard and Nate Strong needing additional time in JUCO for academics.
Chuck Harris is better than you
Harris, Smoot go head-to-head in battle of DEs | PFF
The Verdict: Charles Harris advances to the next round
On paper, Smoot graded higher against both the run and pass, but Harris gets the nod because his film is simply better. While Smoot generally won with power and effort off the edge, Harris displayed an array of weapons in his arsenal rarely seen from upperclassmen at the college level, let-alone redshirt sophomores. He beat blockers not just with strong hands, but also with quickness and speed off the snap, athleticism and polish Smoot just can’t match at this stage.
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Jordan Clarkson on Los Angeles Lakers' youth movement, his free agency - Los Angeles Lakers Blog- ESPN
Q: Some people have questions about the defensive dynamic with you and D'Angelo based on last season. At the same time, you guys are both 6-foot-5, long and athletic players. Do you think you guys can work together defensively? And if, for example, you guys were playing the Warriors in a series, are you automatically defending Klay [Thompson]? Are you guys switching between the Splash Brothers? Do you think you can defend point guards?
JC: We did it a lot this year. When we played Golden State, I guarded Steph [Curry] and I guard Klay sometimes, too. It's not like we haven't guarded 1s and 2s all year. It's just something we have to get used to. This was my first time playing the 2-guard position offensively and defensively, so it was all new to me.
There was also this report that Clarkson may be Knicks may be interested. I think Clarkson likes playing for the Lakers and the LA lifestyle plus it means he's that much closer to the Philippines. If new head coach Luke Walton is smart he pushes for them to retain the recently turned 24 year old combo guard.
Knicks Interested In Jordan Clarkson: https://t.co/YWhTQyXVyC pic.twitter.com/lug8cZX4UK— RealGM (@RealGM) June 9, 2016
Missouri coaches test the waters on satellite camps - Columbia Daily Tribune
Satellite camps are not new to college football.
When Missouri was in the Big 12, it hosted camps in Kansas City and St. Louis. NCAA rules allow colleges to host camps on campus, within their state or within a 50-mile radius of their school.
There’s also an NCAA loophole that coaches use to attend out-of-state camps — hence, the mega camps. The loophole allows coaches to attend as an invited "guest coach" at an out-of-state camp organized by another school or agency outside the 50-mile radius of the guest coach’s school. Guest coaches can’t promote the camp, but the host institution can use the name and likeness of guest coaches to promote the camp.
Detroit SMSB: 4-Star WR Danny Davis In No Rush To Decide - Football Recruiting - Scout
Penn State, Michigan State, Missouri and West Virginia are sticking out to Davis at this point in time.
Rivals.com: Four-star OT Obinna Eze wants to see Mizzou
PowerMizzou: Five-Star Challenge: Missouri prospects DaRon Davis, Marquis Hayes check-in
This gives me a chance to update my Recruiting Hot Board
You might notice there's no name under the quarterback slot. That's because Arkansas QB Taylor Powell just committed to Wake Forest. Missouri now has zero offers out to uncommitted quarterback targets. Perhaps they can flip someone later in the process or they take a lower ranked athlete but it's my opinion they'll focus on 2018 targets.