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Emanuel Hall absolutely cannot catch a break

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Emanuel Hall has surgery; will miss all of OTAs with the Chicago Bears

Does someone have an Emanuel Hall voodoo doll or something?

After missing a good chunk of his senior year; after missing the Senior Bowl; after suffering a hernia and being limited in the combine — Emanuel Hall has yet again had surgery. The undrafted free agent will miss all of OTAs with the Chicago Bears, which is a huge blow considering that, once again, he was undrafted.

It was a sports hernia procedure that was expected as recently as March 6. It seems odd that it wouldn’t have been done before the draft, or right after, but I’m clearly no doctor.

While Hall seems to be highly regarded by the Bears, this part of the article shows how tough life can be for undrafted free agents:

The Bears have a loaded receivers room with seven players that would complement any receivers room. Hall will have to battle for one of those coveted spots, but his speed makes him a viable offensive threat who has a shot to make the 53-man roster.

Hall is going to have to stay healthy for an extended period of time to make the 53-man roster, of course. Hopefully the last year is more a blip than a sign of things to come for Hall’s young career.

Final day of the MLB Draft includes three Missouri players

The MLB draft wrapped up on Wednesday, and three more Missouri players joined Kameron Misner and TJ Sikkema in hearing their names called by big-league teams.

Pitcher Jacob Cantleberry (no relation to the author) went in the 13th round (pick 401) to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Philadelphia Phillies picked shortstop Taylor Cornelius in the 16th round (480th overalll).

Finally, pitcher Cameron Dulle went in the 30th round (905th overall) to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dulle is a senior; Cantleberry and Cornelius find themselves in a leverage situation. Cantleberry went 4-5 with a 4.73 ERA in 2019, starting strong but faultering in conference play. Cornelius hit .326 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in 55 games.

Mizzou makes top list for two big football recruiting targets from Mississippi

Three-star Greenville (Miss.) running back Trey Benson and three-star Jackson (Miss.) Montra Edwards both dropped a list of their top schools on Wednesday, and both included Missouri.

For Benson — a 6-foot-1, 203-pound 5.7 3-star per Rivals — it was a top seven:

Edwards — a 6-foot-3, 290-pound 5.7 3-star per Rivals — released a top eight:

A request in the comments today

Hey everyone, it’s Pete. I know I haven’t been active in our comments section — it’s tough to do when this isn’t my full-time gig, and said full-time gig “frowns upon” not doing their work during business hours.

That being said, I’m trying to put a comprehensive list together of the top individual single-game (match, meet, etc.) performances by Mizzou athletes over the last academic year. It’s easy to pick out football or basketball performances, but I’m leaning on everyone’s expertise to recommend some of the other sports, to make sure those athletes get their due.

From there, I’ll have a totally-not-subjective-at-all formula to rank said performances, and we’ll start counting down that list next week.

So, if you can — shout out any performances that should merit consideration in the comments. Or email me (petescantlebury at gmail). Or tweet me (@PeteScantlebury).

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