1. SEC coaches vote three Mizzou players on first all-conference team — and seven total — but what about the offensive line?
Drew Lock, Albert Okwuegbunam and Corey Fatony landed on the 2018 Preseason Coaches All-SEC First Team. Terry Beckner got a nod on the second team. Emanuel Hall, DeMarkus Acy and Tucker McCann were on the third-team. Overall, a fantastic showing for Missouri.
But again, what did the offensive line do to preseason voters?!
Just seems stunning that no Missouri offensive line has been voted to any of the three teams by both the media and the coaches. Paul Adams, especially, seems like a big omission; just two years ago Pro Football Focus graded him out as the No. 3 tackle in the conference.
More bulletin-board material, I reckon.
2. Action Network feels bullish on Missouri
The Action Network — a new sports betting site — released its 2018 college football betting power rankings, and Missouri checks in at No. 23 nationally.
If you subject one team’s rating from another, that would be the predicted spread if the two teams met on a neutral field. By that logic, Missouri is preseason favorites in nine of its 12 games, with a tenth being basically a toss-up (Florida) — again, if all the games were played on a neutral field.
Definitely a page to bookmark as the season goes on.
3. Mizzou announces its 2018 Hall of Fame Class
Here’s the full release, with the list of inductees below. Something tells me you’ll certainly be recently familiar with two of the names:
CLASS OF 2018
Dominique Bouchard – W. Swimming (2010-13) [Native of North Bay, Ontario]
Eight-time All-American backstroke specialist who was twice the NCAA runner-up in the 200 backstroke. Was a two-time SEC champ and later qualified for the Canadian Olympic Team;
Marcus Denmon – M. Basketball (2009-12) [Native of Kansas City, Mo.]
One of the most gritty and talented guards in MU hoops history, who ended his career fifth all-time in points (1,775) and earned consensus second-team All-American honors in 2012 after leading the Tigers to a 33-5 record and a Big 12 Conference Tournament title;
Lorraine Ferret – W. Basketball (1980-83) [Native of Columbus, Ohio]
A pioneer of women’s basketball at Mizzou who helped get former coach Joann Rutherford’s program established in its early days. A powerful scorer and rebounder who was an honorable-mention All-American in 1983 and a two-time All-Big Eight selection.;
Mike Magac– Football (1957-59) [Native of East St. Louis, Ill.]
Second-team All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Eight offensive lineman who was a team captain and a legendary hard-nosed performer in the trenches for Dan Devine. Being inducted posthumously, as he passed away in 2003.;
Glenn Ogden– M. Track & Field/Cross Country (1966-69) [Native of Fostoria, Ohio]
Three-time All-American, including twice in track (where he was the NCAA runner-up in the three-mile run in 1967) and once in cross country, and helped lead the men’s team to MU’s first cross country conference team title in 38 years.;
Chelsea Thomas– Softball (2009-13) [Native of Pleasantville, Iowa]
One of the most dominant and feared pitchers of her era who helped elevate the Mizzou softball program to one of national prominence. Is the only Tiger softball player to be named a first-team All-American three times, and also won conference pitcher of the year three times.
Let’s see what footage Mizzou Basketball used to congratulate Denmon:
Yesterday at Rock M
- Missouri and its dependence on the pass rush.
- Missouri lands seven players on preseason coaches team
- Who will lead Missouri in pass breakups PLUS interceptions this year?