"It’s fun," Ray told KMOX Radio during Super Bowl media day. "Me and Kony have always competed against each other. When I was a young guy he was a little bit older at Mizzou and we were competing for playing time. So we’ve always kind of had that kind of relationship.
Hill now inherits a receiver group heavy on numbers — the Tigers return 10 scholarship players at the position — but short on production. Nate Brown and J’Mon Moore are the only returning wideouts with more than 11 career catches, with 32 and 31, respectively. "I’m trying to be unbiased with how those guys look and what they do and their effort and attitude for the next month prior to spring football," Hill said. "Then once spring football hits, it’s going to be about who’s the best guy. There’s a lot of bodies there, and we’re going to try and make some players out of those bodies."
When it comes to development, you can't help but applaud Missouri. In the four prior SEC classes, Missouri's highest in-conference ranking was eighth (2015) and it was 14th in 2013. Well, before this past season, the Tigers went to back-to-back SEC title games. Stars have meant nothing, it's been all development and coaching in Columbia. Former coach Gary Pinkel got some of that talent while still in the Big 12, but neither of his previous two classes ranked inside ESPN's top 25.
Tre'Vour Simms wants to be a Freshman All-American for Mizzou.
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