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Walk-on defensive end Jordan Harold is stealing reps with the Missouri first string

Here are today's Mizzou Links.

Mizzou Tigers pennant 12 days to WVU #MIZCamp Day 17

The Trib: MU's Moore, confident as ever, aims to be Lock's go-to target

Post-Dispatch: Brown gains trust of Mizzou's cornerbacks

PowerMizzou: What We Learned: Week 2 offense

We've spoken with just about all the major players on the offensive line, and the top five seems as set as it can be without being official -- Paul Adams, Alec Abeln, Samson Bailey, Kevin Pendleton and Tyler Howell, from right to left. Who are the top back-ups that could still steal a job? RT Tre'Vour Simms, RG Kyle Mitchell and swing-man (LT or G) Michael Stannard appear to make up that top-8. However, I would be fairly surprised if the starting five for West Virginia aren't the ones just listed.

PowerMizzou: What We Learned: Week 2 defense Mizzou's Terry Beckner Jr. Ready to Break Out

Gridiron Now: Missouri season preview: There is solid talent for new coach Barry Odom

Good news indeed

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU notes: Brown undergoes ankle surgery, might be back sooner than projected

The prognosis on Nate Brown's ankle might be a bit better than initially expected. Brown underwent ankle surgery this week after suffering a high ankle sprain in Monday's practice, and Coach Barry Odom said after Friday's practice that the surgery "went very well."

"They feel like after the procedure was over, maybe the timeline could be sped up a little bit," Odom said ."That’s good news."

Shorter Port-O-John lines! @MizzouAthletics Announces Football Gameday Enhancements

Well this is a pretty cool story...

Inspirational, anyway. I was kind of hoping Frazier would run away with the competition, but I like that there's room for a guy who's playing his butt off.

The Trib: Walk-on Harold giving MU's D-line a boost

Post-Dispatch: Short on size, long on faith: Harold chases dream at Mizzou

Harold played just two games at NWMSU in 2014 but has positioned himself to get playing time on what’s widely considered one of the SEC’s best defensive lines. How did this happen? For one, Mizzou’s depth took an unexpected hit when returning starter Walter Brady was kicked off the team for breaking team rules. That left an open competition for the job opposite preseason All-SEC junior Charles Harris. Marcell Frazier, a junior college transfer who started three games last year, opened preseason camp as the top contender, but he’s since swapped snaps with sophomore Spencer Williams and, yes, Harold, who’s up to 260 pounds.

Missouri coach Barry Odom won’t discriminate against a shorter defender. In 1999, Odom finished his career as MU’s fourth-leading tackler but barely scratched 6 feet.

If the main point of this story is that Harold and Williams are doing well, this is great. If it's Frazier underachieving, obviously, that's ... less great.


Post-Dispatch: Former Mizzou great Justin Smith gives inspiring speech to Tigers

PowerMizzou: Godzilla Returns? Former great Smith addresses team

Mizzou Tigers pennant Soccer splits weekend battles

They pulled off a big comeback, then gave up one. Comeback Vaults @MizzouSoccer to 3-2 Win in Season Opener @MizzouSoccer Falls to Iowa, 2-1

The Missourian: Missouri soccer splits opening weekend

The Maneater: Despite fast start, Mizzou soccer falls to Iowa

Mizzou Tigers pennant 4 days till Volleyball Team Black Claims Sweep in 2016 @MizzouVB Scrimmage

The Trib: Missouri volleyball chases big goals in 2016

Mizzou Tigers pennant Welcome, Emanuel Dildy

Hope you have the chance to stay a while. Anderson Adds Emanuel Dildy to @MizzouHoops Staff

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou basketball adds Loyola assistant

Mizzou Tigers pennant Rob Z pitches out of a jam Zastryzny Makes Big League Debut Friday

Mizzou Tigers pennant A worthy partner The Food Bank Becomes Official Charitable Partner of University of Missouri Athletics

Mizzou Tigers pennant ICYMI: Review Process of @MizzouSoftball Program Has Concluded

The Trib: Earleywine 'relieved' to have investigation completed and remain MU's coach

The Trib (Joe Walljasper): Earleywine deserves to be heard

Post-Dispatch: Earleywine grateful he'll stay at Mizzou