So apparently the coaches’ preseason All-SEC team hadn’t been released yet? I had no idea, but it came out yesterday, and Mizzou has decent representation considering last year’s 4-8 campaign:
- WR J’Mon Moore: second-team offense
- RT Paul Adams: second-team offense
- DE Marcell Frazier: third-team defense
- DT Terry Beckner Jr.: third-team defense
Moore and Frazier have been on plenty of preseason lists, and Adams is a Pro Football Focus favorite.
Among returning SEC tackles, no one pass-blocked more efficiently than Missouri's Paul Adams. pic.twitter.com/ir9JwuecqD— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) June 29, 2017
(It is kind of funny, by the way, that half of Mizzou’s all-conference representatives are defensive linemen after the year that the Mizzou defensive line had last year.)
Beckner’s inclusion is both about respect for former star recruits and the obvious potential he possesses despite back-to-back season-ending knee injuries.
If he can stay on the field, that alone could transform Missouri’s defensive front a decent amount.
"When they said, ACL or MCL [last season], I was telling myself, you've been through this," Beckner said. "This is another stepping stone. You're going to get through it. The second you come back, you have to be ready to work. I know I have to go get it, because if I don't, I'm setting myself up for failure. This really pushed me to reach my maximum potential. I'm ready to put in the work and go forward." [...]
"I've most definitely gotten more comfortable being a leader," Beckner said. "I've been more vocal after the second injury. It was halftime of the Arkansas game when I got up and spoke to the team, gave them a little speech. That's what made me realize that I had a real voice and I could lead this team. Now, I got it to the point where they count on me, and I count on them. I'm feeding off of them now. So, I just needed that time to realize that it's my time to be a leader. I've been a young player, but now, I'm going into my junior year so I've got to be more vocal and have everyone else on the same page."
More football links:
- Watch Lists Are Dumb, Except When They Include Mizzou Players: Frazier was named to the Hendricks Award watch list.
- Mizzou will honor its 2007 team at halftime of next Saturday’s game against Missouri State. Hell, honor them at every damn home game.
- Speaking of Missouri State, head coach (and former Mizzou defensive coordinator) Dave Steckel thinks his program’s ready for a third-year breakthrough.
- Freshman defensive tackle Kobie Whiteside might be the strongest guy on the team and has the most unique offseason pursuit: the Hebrew language. Definitely read this cool piece from the KC Star’s Tod Palmer.
Nine days to kickoff, by the way. :)
- I haven’t seen any New York Times pieces about this just yet, but Mizzou experienced its second-highest retention rate ever this year: 86.6 percent.
- J’den Cox begins his quest for the 86 kg world title tomorrow at the 2017 World Championships in Paris. He enters the tournament evidently ranked fifth in the world.
The opening rounds and repcharge is slated to begin at 3 a.m. (CT) on Friday morning, with the medal matches starting at noon (CT). A broadcast of the opening rounds and repcharge will be available on TrackWrestling (subscription required), while the medal rounds will be broadcast on NBC's Olympic channel.
- Meanwhile, Mizzou swimmer Hannah Stevens damn near won herself a gold medal yesterday. She finished second in the 100m backstroke at the World University Games in Taiwan, 0.09 seconds back.
- Your 19th-ranked Mizzou Volleyball team begins its season at 12:30 pm CT tomorrow, playing Marshall in Clarksville, Tenn., to open the Culvers Governors Challenge. The Maneater’s got a season preview for you.
- Attention, basketball-playing youths: I know what you should be doing on September 9.
- Two best friends and local high school rivals will play for Mizzou Softball next year.
- The subject of my weekly appearance on The Closers: SEC PREVIEW TIME!
- College football is not a business. It is, but it isn’t. And is.
- More self-sharing! I made a quick visit to 538’s Hot Takedown podcast on Tuesday to talk about competitive balance in college football.
- And finally, MORE SELF-SHARING. Sheesh, I’m shameless. The latest Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody is up, and we had actual games to preview!!