If new redshirt rules had been in place, Missouri head coach Barry Odom says that junior receiver Nate Brown could have helped the Tigers in November.
“He was so close to being ready and I think he could have done enough to help us out,” Tigers coach Barry Odom said of Brown, who had ankle surgery in September. “But I didn’t want to use a year for him on three games in November.”
As it stood, the receiving corps was the least of Odom’s problems late in the year, as J’Mon Moore went nuclear. He caught eight of 14 balls for 138 yards against Vanderbilt, nine of 16 for 134 against Tennessee, and six of 10 for 135 against Arkansas. You always have to be careful with the “on pace for...” game, but projected over 12 games, that three-game pace would produce 160 targets, 92 catches, and 1,628 yards.
Moore went from dreadfully inefficient No. 1 target to Danario Reincarnated (Danario Alexander in 2009: 113 catches, 1,781 yards, and no damn Biletnikoff Award ... damn I thought I was over that, but I guess not) over the last quarter of the season. Hoping for 100 catches and 1,600 yards is a bit much, but it’s quite conceivable that he shows that form for a longer period of time in 2017. That would redefine Mizzou’s offensive ceiling in a pretty dramatic way.
- Jontay Porter continues to shine in AAU ball.
- Based on the available options remaining, PowerMizzou’s Brian Austin created the latest ‘perfect class’ for Mizzou in 2018. And quite a few high-profile Mizzou targets were nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
- Mizzou Track & Field is the only active team remaining for the 2016-17 school year, but the Tigers still have quite a few athletes heading to the NCAAs: Karissa Schweizer qualified for the 5,000m (duh), as did the women’s 4x100 relay, discus thrower Gabi Jacobs, and 400-meter hurdler Valerie Thames.
- Another 2017-18 basketball top 25 is out. And Missouri makes the cut again.
- Michael Scherer might be signing with an NFL team soon!