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Kelly Bryant signs, Drew Lock heads to the Senior Bowl and two Mizzou freshmen earn All-SEC honors

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Kelly Bryant officially signs with Missouri.

Not that there was much reason to worry (actually, scratch that, as a Missouri fan you know that is never the case) but Kelly Bryant is signed, sealed and delivered to Missouri.*

*A Financial Aid agreement is not binding, so that means that technically HEY WHO LET THIS GUY IN HERE? Get out of here!

Oh hell yeah.

The guys over at spoke with Barry Odom about Bryant, as Odom can now publicly comment on his new quarterback. There’s some really good stuff in this article and I don’t want to pull too much, but this part is the most eye-opening:

Gabe DeArmond writes:

The Tiger coaches stayed in contact and had an in-home visit with Bryant on Monday, November 26th. It was during that visit that Bryant told Odom and offensive coordinator Derek Dooley he was coming to Missouri.

“I knew that at this point he was the top quarterback recruit in the country and it would be foolish for me to sit back and say ‘Oh, we got him,’ Odom said. “I knew there would be a late push.”

Makes it even more impressive that Missouri was technically able to land Bryant even before his official visit to Auburn. Dude was so set on Missouri that not even the red carpet on the Plains could sway him.

2. Drew Lock accepts Senior Bowl invite.

And he becomes the first Missouri quarterback since 1986 to play in the Senior Bowl. That’s enough time for a Pete Scantlebury to be born and then age 32 years!

Lock joins Emanuel Hall as Missouri players with accepted invitations. Lock is betting on himself here, as some of the top quarterbacks (and players) usually skip this event — except for Baker Mayfield a year ago, who used a strong week to spring-board to the No. 1 spot in the draft.

Maybe that’s what Lock is hoping for here. He’ll get to go against some of the best quarterbacks in the nation, including Will Grier, Gardner Minshew and Trace McSorley.

3. Two Mizzou players make freshmen All-SEC team.

Daniel Parker and Tyler Badie, come on down! You’re on the Freshmen All-SEC team after stellar first years in Columbia!

Now, about that omission — Jalen Knox did not make the list. Instead, the receivers were Alabama’s misleadingly-named star Jaylen Waddle and Auburn’s Seth Williams. Waddle was a no-brainer; you can make the argument that Knox should be in the running with Williams, but Williams had more yards and touchdowns. So, not a glaring snub here, in my book anyway.

Maybe not for Knox, though:

4. Missouri women get a win over UMKC

Wasn’t a runaway, but a needed win for the 23rd-ranked Missouri women:

Here are the full-game stats for your perusal:

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More Links:

  • Odom looks thrilled to be gladhanding in Memphis. I’m sure he’s thinking about how he could be out recruiting.
  • A well-deserved honor for Chase Coffman. It still boggles my mind that Coffman didn’t have an impactful NFL career. I wonder how he would be utilized if he entered the draft around 2012 instead of after 2009.

What’s on tap this weekend:

We’ve got Mizzou basketball Friday night vs. Oral Roberts (6 p.m. CT). Mizzou track and field as its Holiday Opener on Saturday (11:30 a.m. CT). Finally, Mizzou wrestling hits the mats on Sunday for a dual vs. SIU-Edwardsville (2 p,m. CT).

Have a great weekend, folks. Tip your bartenders and clean up after yourselves.