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Taking stock of Wyoming, Missouri’s Week 1 opponent

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

NCAA Football: Utah State at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Is it too early to start previewing Wyoming?

Only 64 days remain before Missouri’s season-opener in Laramie, and now we’re getting some injury updates out of Wyoming.

The Casper Star-Tribune provides said updates, saying that outside of two offensive linemen (Gavin Rush, Zach Watts, both out for the year), the Cowboys should be at full strength entering fall camp.

Those are big blows, however. Watts started three games as a true freshman and was the starter before his injury this spring, says the Billings Gazette. Rush has 22 career starts but will miss his second season in a row.

In another note from the Star-Tribune article: I did not realize that Wyoming’s starting running back could be Trey Smith, a graduate transfer from Louisville and the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith. Smith didn’t get a ton of opportunities at Louisville but averaged over five yards a carry last year.

The running back position for Wyoming is an area of concern after presumed starter Jevon Bigelow left the team in April.

Another stat to put Missouri’s baseball season into perspective

It’s a damn shame that Missouri got snubbed for the postseason, especially when another borderline time nearly won the whole damn thing (good try, good effort, Michigan).

But Matt Michaels of KTGR in Columbia pointed out another stat that showed how far Missouri has come:

That’s some elite territory there, and while Missouri is losing some key members from its staff for next season, let’s hope this trend continues and the Tigers kick-off a streak of postseason berths sooner rather than later.

More Links:

  • We know that Missouri has been playing more true freshmen under Barry Odom than his predecessor, Gary Pinkel, who gave away redshirts like Oprah gave away cars (is that a timely reference?). Now Mitchell Forde of takes a look at the numbers on just how many true freshmen see the field under Odom. Though Forde’s data only goes back to 2013, I know that Pinkel’s redshirt rate was, if anything, higher. In three years under Odom, 50-percent or less of each signing class has taken redshirts as freshmen. And, looks like even more true freshmen could play this year.
  • Also from PowerMizzou: the latest podcast with BenFred of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • Secure that bag, Kash. Good to see him get an opportunity in the NBA.