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Kris Abrams-Draine is the most talked about man in Mizzou Football

Have you watched the amazing show Abbott Elementary yet? The ABC sitcom, now in its second season, features actor Tyler James Williams, who plays Gregory, a teacher in a Philadelphia public school who is a bit...neurotic. Did you also know he’s the same actor who played a young Chris Rock on Everybody Hates Chris, another great show that aired on the CW in the early 2000s?

Anyway, I do have a reason for writing that above paragraph, friends. Matt Stahl’s article at the Trib, entitled ‘Everybody loves Kris’: Mizzou Football’s Abrams-Draine draws NFL Draft hype at cornerback, reminded me of that actor (and those beloved shows). But also, it’s just a really good article. Let’s dive in and learn a bit more about Kris Abrams-Draine, who was the focus of many other outlets this week (as you’ll see below).

You likely remember the play in the Vanderbilt game. KAD’s childhood football coach surely does. The one where — and Stahl sets this up beautifully — WR Will Sheppard takes off down the field to surely score, which would inch the ‘Dores within a touchdown in the Homecoming Horror Show. But Kris Abrams-Draine happened and stopped the score TD. When asked about the play and to describe Abrams-Draine’s speed in the moment, he said:

“You know how when you run from somebody you might get faster because you feel the dogs behind you? That’s how Kris is when he felt like he was getting beat,” Abrams-Draine’s old youth football coach Drew Thomas said. “He felt like the dog was behind him.”

And when asked about Kris’s transition from wide receiver to defensive back and how much progress he’s made in a short time, Thomas is unfazed:

“I mean it in the most humbling way possible, but no, I’m not surprised at all about what Kris has done,” Thomas said. “Because, not only is he a home run, quiet kid on the field, off the field, everybody likes Kris in this city (Mobile). Everybody likes him. I’ve never heard a kid say they didn’t like Kris.”

So, it’s true, Tiger fans. EVERYBODY LIKES KRIS. Now go read Stahl’s article; I left a lot out. And while you’re at it, read that one from Parker, too.

DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Smith makes his regular season NBA debut…

AND SCORES. Our guy Dru made his regular season NBA debut on Wednesday night in the Miami Heat’s big win over Portland, 119-98. Despite the fact I didn’t realize this ‘til my dad texted me about it Thursday afternoon (I was busy at WBB that night!!),

Now, did he have extensive playing time? No. Did I expect him to? No. Did I expect to open the ESPN app and see a DNP- coaches decision by his name? Yes. And do I frequent the Heat’s IG account looking for Dru sightings like this one? Daily.

But anyway, it happened! My guy played 6 minutes, AND he scored two points on 1-3 shooting (0-2 from three), to go with one rebound, an assist, and a foul. Thursday was back to normal, however, as neither Dru nor the other rookies got to play in the blowout loss to Golden State, 110-123. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Honestly, after Dru’s injury last year, we’re lucky he’s playing at all, let alone well enough get a two-way contract. A few months ago, he just wanted to take a step without feeling pain. Per The Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang, who wrote about him earlier this month:

“I think the plan was always to keep playing,” Smith said to the Miami Herald when asked if he ever considered stepping away from the sport during the rehab process. “There were definitely days that I was like, ‘Man, this is tough.’ Because I’m back home, it’s just hard to kind of see the end of the rehab and all that stuff down the road. So there were definitely some tough days. But I think I always knew I was going to come back and play.”

“I think it represents a step in the right direction,” Smith said of his two-way deal ahead of the Heat’s matchup against the Boston Celtics on Friday night at FTX Arena. “Just the fact that I’m making strides and I’m improving. I think that’s what it represents more than anything. Just that the work that I’ve been putting in, it’s paid off right now.”

It’s a great story about one of my faves, so READ IT.

On to the Links!

Best of luck to our Men’s Hoops team, who will be in Chicago this weekend for CBB’s most un-secretive ‘secret’ scrimmage against Marquette.


Yesterday at Rock M: a crapload of content


More Links:

Football

  • The State’s Ben Portnoy (that last name gives me the chills) conducted a Twitter space with my lovely Columbia Tribune friends, Matt Stahl & Chris Kwiecinski, about Saturday’s Mizzou-South Carolina game. Give it a listen!

Hoops

  • Relive the fun from Thursday’s exhibition win over Northwest Missouri State.
That’s Kobe, Ben, Tre, Nick, Kaleb & Lil DRF
Me (Karen)

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Volleyball will play host to the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend. First serve Friday and Saturday is set for 1 p.m. Both Friday and Saturday’s bout will air on SECN+. Per MUTigers.com, Mizzou leads the all-time series over Georgia 10-7, but the Tigers dropped both matches to them last fall on the road.
  • Wrestling has some updates, courtesy of Rock M’s own James Hackney/Missouri wrestling. Also check out this one, which talks about another addition to a Mizzou tourney:
  • Soccer fell 2-0 to no. 14-ranked South Carolina on Thursday night. With that loss, sadly, the Tigers were eliminated from postseason play. The game was scoreless in the first half, but in the 50th minute, South Carolina took the lead, and followed it up with another goal just 4 mins later. The Tigers, per MUTigers.com, came close to getting one back when Milena Fischer nearly scored off a header, but no goal.
  • Gymnastics: Finally!!!!!! Some shareable video content
  • Cross Country will compete in the SEC Cross Country Championships today in Oxford, Miss. The event will be broadcasted live on ESPN+. (More info on MUTigers.com)

  • Women’s Golf is playing in their final fall tourney this weekend (it starts today), and it’s in tropical, beautiful, sooooo not like Columbia, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Per MUTigers.com, the 2022 Battle at the Beach is a three-day tournament, playing 18 holes each day with a shotgun start. The event will be a doozie, and 10 of the 17 schools playing are ranked in the top 50 of Golfstat.com (Houston, Clemson, TCU, kansas), including 6 in the top 20 (Arkansas, Vandy, LSU, Baylor) and 2 in the top 10 (Ole Miss, MS State).

NBA Corner / Hodgepodge

10/26 vs Houston (W 109-101): 29 min | 20pts on 6-14 shooting (5-10 from three, 3-4 FT) | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 PF | -8

UP NEXT: The Jazz (4-1) take on MPJ’s Nuggs (3-2) tonight at 8pm

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