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Here are today's Mizzou Links.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

The last time a Mizzou QB started for the first time.

David Morrison started a Google Doc compiling the first-start stats of recent quarterbacks, and Dave Matter shared some tidbits.

I'd actually forgotten how bold the play-calling was at the start of the Florida game, and against a still-pretty-good Florida defense. Curious if Josh Henson and the staff have similar thoughts in mind this time around. They certainly don't have Henry Josey and the run game to fall back on this time...

The Trib (David Morrison): Stat Spotlight: Mauk Series vs. Lock Series

Missouri averages 6.49 yards a play when Lock is in the game and 4.75 yards a play with Mauk. The difference in yards per pass attempt is stark (9.00 versus 5.95), and Mauk holds a bit of an edge in the run game (3.97 yards a carry versus 3.50).

The Tigers' offense hits on a 20-plus yard play almost twice as often with Lock in the game as it does Mauk. In fact, a third of Lock's completions (five of 15) have gone for 20 yards or more while only 19.3 percent of Mauk's have (11 of 57).

All five of Missouri's 20-plus yard runs plays have come with Mauk in the game.

Mauk also logs a three-and-out almost twice as often as Lock but, to be fair -- as we stated earlier -- that's a pretty small sample size for Lock (one in seven).

Post-Dispatch: Lock's skills suited to boost Mizzou's air attack

KC Star: All eyes on Drew Lock, but he's ready for the pressure

The Trib: Pinkel: suspensions about protecting program's 'integrity'

Post-Dispatch: BenFred's Quick Read: Mizzou vs. South Carolina

Mizzou Tigers pennant Both of Mizzou's blue-chip freshmen will start tomorrow

PowerMizzou: Instant validation

Beckner started the first game of his career against Kentucky, and to-date he has nine tackles, three for loss and a pass break-up. He's on pace for nine TFLs in a 12-game regular season; in the last ten seasons, there have been two defensive tackles at Missouri to post at least ten TFLs. Lorenzo Williams did it twice; the man Beckner is most often compared to, in terms of on-the-field talent, is the other:

Sheldon Richardson.

"I don't want to say I'm aware of them (the expectations)," Beckner said. "But I know a lot of people expect me to do big things. I don't really try to worry about them too much, just try to worry about one thing, focus on one thing at a time. You try to worry about too much stuff, I mean, it knocks off your focus."

Mizzou Tigers pennant Team-building can't hurt

The Trib: Tigers learn lessons of team-building, leadership at Camp Clark

Mizzou Tigers pennant WHATNOT

Baseball
The Trib: Alec Rash leaves MU baseball team

Soccer
MUtigers.com: @MizzouSoccer Back Home to Face Ole Miss Friday

Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: @MizzouSwimDive Hosts Show-Me Showdown Friday to Open Season