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So how is Missouri's offensive line coming along in fall camp?

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Hey, how's that offensive line coming along?

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The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU notes: New-look offensive line taking shape

The projected starting five, from left to right, goes Tyler Howell, Kevin Pendleton, Samson Bailey, Alec Abeln and Paul Adams. That’s the same starting lineup from the spring game.

"I’m excited about it. We’re having a really good camp so far," Abeln said. "The front five guys – Tyler, Kevin, Sam, myself and Paul – are really gelling well together. It’s been fun so far." [...]

While Howell, a junior college transfer, and Bailey are preparing to take their first Division I snaps as offensive linemen, sophomores Pendleton and Adams began seeing snaps as backups toward the end of last season.

"That was valuable, so valuable," Pendleton said, "and we really appreciated the opportunity, and we’re looking forward to building on it this year."

Post-Dispatch: Inexperience marks Mizzou's offensive line

hose on the front five and their cast of reserve underclassmen understand they’re the team’s most unproven position group — and perhaps the entire season’s fulcrum. A sturdy line could revive a running game, which ranked among the nation’s worst last year, and protect the pocket to allow a functional passing game. A porous line will trigger flashbacks to 2015.

No pressure, right?

"They’ve developed a lot more physical presence, which is something we’ve been on them (about) since we got here in January," offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. "They’re starting to play more confident as well."

The Maneater: Graduate-transfer from Memphis adds depth to offensive line

"He’s been a blessing to the room because he’s our only senior and he’s seen so many different things," redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Kevin Pendleton said. "He’s played in a very tough league, he’s played against some good guys at a good school and I can’t wait to see him push some guys and compete with us."

For Stannard, coming to Missouri meant coming home, which he said "is amazing." In 2011, Stannard graduated from Rock Bridge High School after playing for former coach A.J. Ofodile — who’s now Missouri’s recruiting coordinator — and his only offer coming out of high school was from Memphis. Who was their primary recruiter? Former Memphis defensive coordinator and current Missouri coach Barry Odom.

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The Trib: Lock develops more maturity and leadership entering second season

KC Star: Rejuvenated Marcell Frazier ready to make impact in pass rush for Missouri football team

PowerMizzou: What We Know: Week 1 Offense

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PowerMizzou's Gabe Dearmond looked into the numbers regarding Mizzou's success with St. Louis-area recruits as compared to Kansas City-area guys and other Missouri prospects. Spoiler: It's good when great talent emerges from small towns.

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The Trib: MU running back Walters arrested for stealing

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou running back arrested for stealing debit card

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You obviously can't take much from the results of this trip (as Sam has been so rudely reminding us on Twitter, ahem), but it seemed to go as well as you could hope. Young guys got experience, everybody bonded, nobody got hurt (as far as I can tell) ... that's kind of the reason you take these trips.

Game 3

MUtigers.com: @MizzouHoops Improves to 3-0 in Italy with Big Win in Vicenza

The Trib (Daniel Jones): Missouri wins again in Italy as four Tigers reach double digits

Post-Dispatch: Phillips leads Tigers to another win in Italy

KC Star: Terrence Phillips paces Mizzou to blow out exhibition win over Italian club

Game 4

MUtigers.com: @MizzouHoops Finishes 3-1 on #ForzaMizzou Italy Tour

The Trib (Daniel Jones): Missouri ends Italy tour with loss after late run from Kosovo

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou basketball drops finale in Italy

KC Star: Mizzou basketball drops finale in Italy to Kosovo national team 86-80

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Post-Dispatch: Coffman still chasing the NFL dream

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The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU administrators, coaches react to Sterk's hiring as AD

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MUtigers.com: @MizzouSoccer Earns 1-1 Draw With No. 9 North Carolina in Exhibition Action