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DeMarkus Acy’s been fueled by criticism

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

A Mizzou fan accused DeMarkus Acy of ‘point-shaving’ last year

I mean, did this person not watch the tape of the ending against Kentucky last season? Who on earth would think Acy was point-shaving when it was an awful call by officials that led to the untimed, game-ending down?

To be fair, the article says it was one fan (who texted), and of course there are idiots in all walks of life, but someone was clearly watching a different game than the rest of us.’s Mitchell Forde also went deep on Acy in a feature relying heavily on the voice of his high school coach. Acy’s been kind of an unknown star at Missouri; he definitely became one of the best defensive players last year, but seeing him mocked as a first-round pick during this offseason took me by surprise.

Seems like it also took Acy by surprise:

“It didn’t really hit me until really last year, when I was actually real good, competing with guys, seeing my name pop up,” Acy said of his self-confidence.

Still can’t believe Missouri’s season-finale will be in Little Rock

The annual Arkansas game at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium has been gifted to Missouri when the Tigers make the trip south every other year, beginning this year. And, it seems like there’s a lot of rationalizing by the Arkansas contingent that this fine, the atmosphere will be great and it’s an in-demand destination for a college football game for anyone, beyond the big-money donors that have made this annual game a necessity for the Razorbacks.

Make sure Arkansas players get the memo, too:

In other Arkansas news, Chad Morris announced that quarterback Daulton Hyatt is now moving to receiver. There don’t seem to be any clear answers for Arkansas at the QB position (a lot of bodies, though) so it will be interesting to see how that position evolves by the time Missouri heads to — gulp — Little Rock.

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More Links:

  • Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos agree to terms on his rookie contract on Wednesday, reports the Denver Post. Per the report, Lock will make just under $7 million with a signing bonus of $3.1 million.
  • Larry Rountree III (and 72 of his closest running back pals) made the Doak Walker Watch List, announced on Wednesday. He’s Missouri’s first representative on the watch list since ... last year, when Damarea Crockett made the preseason watch list.
  • This is pretty cool: There’s a children’s book about Truman the Tiger coming out. “How Truman Found His Roar,” by Mizzou alum Aaron Fox, will be released on Sept. 10th and will be available at the Mizzou Bookstore and at other shops around Columbia. Check out more infomation here: HowTrumanFoundHisRoar_PR.docx
  • Missouri football: Constantly Underrated. (Reminder: SEC preseason voting should be released today, the final day of SEC Media Days.)