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Chris Black is quickly making an impression in the Missouri receiving corps

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Here's some Mizzou football links, because we must quarantine the hoops contagion.

Peep the Mizzou Network video about safeties coach and defensive co-coordinator Ryan Walters above. Also, congrats!

Nerd alert: Stat Spotlight: Tackling MU's Linebacker Usage - David Morrison

First, backup weakside linebacker Brandon Lee said that the Will and the middle linebacker slot are basically interchangeable in the defense this year. Does that mean they're both inside linebacker spots and Missouri is shifting more toward a 3-4 with an outside linebacker and a rush end? Interesting.

Second, starting strongside linebacker Donavin Newsom told PowerMizzou.com that the Sam position is basically going to be a safety in this year's defense. Does that mean Newsom and his cohorts will be dropping back in coverage a majority of the time and the Tigers will be running Cross' 4-2-5, just with a Sam as the nickelback?

We talked a bit about Michael Scherer, Donavin Newsom and Brandon Lee in our Spring Previews. Spoiler alert: We're very high on their potential.

Now, about the offense...

Black breathes new life into MU receiving corps - David Morrison

"People in the city knew about him," Blair said. "He was a monster. I’m not going to lie. He was making big plays all the time."

SEC spring breakout candidates in 2016 - ESPN

Chris Black, WR, Missouri, Sr.:

The Alabama transfer didn't do much during his time in Tuscaloosa (25 catches for 290 yards in three seasons), but he gets a chance to totally remake himself in Columbia. Word out of Mizzou is that new coach Barry Odom and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel are changing a ton on offense to make quarterback Drew Lock more comfortable. Black has impressed in early workouts and is probably the team's most athletic and explosive receiving option.

About the only thing we felt confident in from our Wide Receiver Spring Preview was that Chris Black would instantly take over the starting role in the slot. The pressure on him now is to remain healthy, unlike the rest of the group.

Oh for real? Why starting a true freshman QB in college football is so hard - ESPN

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock was good enough on the hardwood to earn Division I basketball offers, and while he said playing hoops in the summer may have sometimes taken time away from improving as a quarterback, he has no regrets.