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Where does Mizzou turn at punt returner with Richaud Floyd’s injury?

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Tough break for Missouri WR/PR Richaud Floyd.

Missouri’s punt returner — and quiet second-team All-American according to CBS Sports — will be out for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his leg.

If the break happened Wednesday — and that’s when Floyd was spotted on crutches during practice — that means the earliest he could return (according to that timeline) would be the Purdue game. But, realistically, the end of that timeline coincides with the bye week after Georgia. So, I’d venture a guess that the South Carolina game on Oct. 6 might be more realistic.

Anyway, now Missouri has to look for other options in the mean time at returner. Barry Odom, after practice on Thursday, listed a few young players that will get a chance. This is via Dave Matter’s notebook from Thursday:

“Jalen Knox has really impressed us at that spot. Gicinto is in there, too,” he said. “Johnathon Johnson has been getting reps every day that he’s practiced.”

We’ll see whether it’s an established veteran or a young player. One thing that is interesting is that it appears Odom is set on having on offensive player serve as returner. Under Gary Pinkel, we saw more defensive players in those roles (not named Marcus Murphy).

2. 5-star PF E.J. Liddell schedules his official visits

Missouri gets a visit on Sep. 8 (Wyoming weekend), but it’s not his first visit — that’s Ohio State — or his last visit (Illinois). So, read those tea leaves.

But also there’s this, from our very own super Sam Snelling:

3. Drew Lock doesn’t trifle fools in the autograph line

Good article by Alex Schiffer of the Kansas City Star, who talked to Drew Lock about his policy for signing autographs.

4. Letters from Camp!

Linebacker

Freshman Nick Bolton impressing in camp, writes Daniel Jones of the Columbia Daily Tribune

Defensive line

Ex-Longhorn Jordan Elliott steers career to Mizzou, settles in on defensive line, writes Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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