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Missouri’s new QBs profiled at the start of spring football

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Kelly Bryant, Shawn Robinson’s differences highlighted in profiles

With barely a week passed in 2019 Spring Football, we’re still in the, “get to know your team,” portion of the proceedings. While this part of spring training is usually pocked with goal-oriented puff pieces about how the players we already know plan on working-harder-doing-better-getting-faster, there are more than a few notable players we don’t know much about at this point. And as anything in football does, things are starting with the quarterback.

Recently — and obviously —minted starter Kelly Bryant sat down with CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, who asked the quarterback about why he chose Missouri, how he feels about Clemson and what his first impressions of Columbia were.

Whether it was a strategic decision or not, Mizzou offensive quality control analyst Austin Carta-Samuels picked up Bryant from the St. Louis airport on his visit. Carta-Samuels was a transfer quarterback himself, going from Wyoming to Vanderbilt.

”It was a long ride,” Bryant said. “He said it would be an hour and a half, two hours before we get to Columbia. I said, ‘What?’

”When I got back on the plane, it was like, ‘OK, they have my attention.’ There were these other schools, but Mizzou was still in the back of my head. I was trying to convince myself, ‘I don’t want to go to Missouri.’ I just couldn’t.”

We’ve gotten so many Kelly Bryant profiles in the past few weeks, that there are a lot of leftovers to parse through — Dabo Swinney quotes, references to Bryant’s Clemson record and mentions of other transfer quarterbacks abound.

There is, however, another transfer quarterback we haven’t learned about — TCU transfer Shawn Robinson. Robinson, a self-described quiet type, spoke with Mitchell Forde at PowerMizzou about the process of ending up in Columbia and how he sees himself fitting in after Kelly Bryant’s departure.

...when Robinson first decided to change schools, Missouri wasn’t on his radar... [Kelly] Bryant’s decision to transfer to Missouri instead of the likes of Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State caught Robinson’s attention, and when he started examining the Tiger offense last season, led by first-year offensive coordinator Derek Dooley, he was impressed.

“Just saw Kelly went there, and just was like ‘huh, I wonder what they’re doing?’” Robinson said. “Obviously they had a good season last year. I got to talk to coach Dooley to see what they were really about, and everything they were talking about really stood out to me. What they want to build and with their quarterbacks, it’s exactly what I was looking for.”

Forde’s profile contains quotes from Robinson’s father, who talks about the family’s attraction to Missouri, and high school coach, who describes Robinson as a, “pass-first guy [who] can pull it down and run it.” It’s a really good piece that provides texture to a guy who has taken a narrative backseat during a year where he won’t get a lot of shine.

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More Links:

  • Alex Schiffer discussed Missouri’s ground game following the departure of Damarea Crockett.
  • PowerMizzou has a few recruiting updates for premium subscribers ($$).
  • Our sister site, Buffalo Rumblings, reacted to the news that True Son Mitch Morse will be leaving the Show-Me State for a contract with the Bills.
  • Not that it means a lot to the appeal itself, but kudos to the Missouri Student Association for getting behind the #MakeItRight initiative.
  • It’s a busy week across Mizzou Athletics, so the school’s official page tweeted out a handy dandy schedule for you to be the most dedicated fan possible!