HELLO AGAIN, NATE BROWN. I was just starting to wonder about him ... hadn’t heard his name much.
Brown played all over the field his first two years at Mizzou, sometimes in the slot, sometimes on the outside. Now, he’s a rangy 6-3, 210-pound outside target. Not the fastest or flashiest wideout in the offense, Brown gives Drew Lock another quality that shouldn’t be overlooked: He’s reliable on a contested pass.
“Nate took it upon himself to be more of a physical wide receiver as far as going up and getting balls and going through guys,” Lock said. Maybe get a pass interference if they’re face-guarding him. He’s become a trustworthy guy with a competitive ball.”
“I was a little bit nervous going into this scrimmage,” Brown said. “(It’s) the first time I’ve actually had to be tackled with the shoulder and ankle and that sort of thing, but I felt really good. No type of soreness coming away from that.”
Brown was part of a 2015 receiving corps that was too young and unready to do what was asked of it. Now he gets to be part of what might be one of the deeper units in the conference.
More football links:
- Dave Matter’s look at football season ticket sales is fascinating. Last year’s public season ticket sales were basically at 2011 levels, which doesn’t sound inherently awful (they’re down a bit more this year), but student season ticket sales were damn near cut in half from 2011. They’re up a bit now.
- Watch Lists Are Stupid, Unless They Include Mizzou Players: Drew Lock’s on the Manning Award watch list.
- MUtigers.com: Tigers Recharge, Pick Up Books for Fall Classes
- Post-Dispatch: Simms is among MU linemen pressing starters
- The Missourian: Byers' long road to college football brings him to MU
- PowerMizzou talked to Mizzou commit Jalen Knox’s high school coach (“Physically he has grown 6 or 7 inches and added close to 40 pounds of muscle since he arrived on our campus”) and took a gander at Mizzou commit Daniel Parker Jr.’s film (“listed as a defensive end, but could be as good an o-line prospect as Mizzou has landed in the past 10 years”).
- If you placed a wager on Team Gold beating Team Black in last night’s Mizzou Volleyball scrimmage, go collect your money. The hyphenated freshman duo of Leketor Member-Meneh and Dariana Hollingsworth-Santana combined for 13 kills, and Courtney Eckenrode had 12 assists.
- You’ve got a rooting interest in the U.S. Amateur — Mizzou senior Hayden Buckely qualified for the match play portion of the event at The Riviera.
- Track & Field recruiting is weird — Mizzou just added eight newcomers to its 2017 class. Five of the eight were throwers, and two were successful JUCO high jumpers.
- Mizzou swimmers will take part in Swim Across America next Saturday, the 26th.