And since we were talking about linemen yesterday...
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Closing Out MU Spring Practice: Offensive Standouts
RT Nate Crawford, Soph.: And to think, at this point last year, Crawford had just finished his redshirt freshman season as a defensive tackle. Now, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Crawford exits the spring in a platoon starting at right tackle for the Tigers with Clay Rhodes. Actually, a smidge ahead of Rhodes. That's quite a climb in 12 months. Crawford said he took his lumps last year -- getting beaten repeatedly in one-on-one pass rush against Shane Ray and Charles Harris will do that to you -- but he's a long, athletic tackle with a high ceiling that position coach A.J. Ricker says just seems to keep progressing on a day-by-day basis. Even if he doesn't win the starting job in the fall, he repped at guard last year and could be part of the solution at one of those two slots. Ricker seems determined to give Crawford all the chances he can, and Crawford has been taking advantage of them thus far.
This ... is actually a pretty good source...
The other newcomers
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou banks on transfers for immediate impact
Payne handled the ball for stretches in high school games, Irons said. But he mostly played on the wing at John A. Logan and specialized as a shooter coming off screens.
"He can shoot the ball very well, and that’s obviously a very good tool when you can shoot from 26, 27 feet and be consistent with it," Smithpeters said. "He’s really done a good job of stretching the defense and creating."
An athletic but raw lefthander, Woods earned all-state honors as a junior at Leo Catholic High School in Chicago, but for his senior year transferred to Simeon Career Academy, an area powerhouse program that’s produced college and NBA stars. Leo school officials accused Simeon of illegally recruiting Woods and another teammate, who was later ruled ineligible because of residency issues.
Another run-rule win (and a scare)
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Softball Downs Iowa, 10-2, to Claim Seventh Straight Win
The Trib: MU softball team beats Iowa for seventh straight win, Finucane exits with injury
The Missourian: Despite early pitching scare, Missouri softball run rules Iowa
Earleywine said he doesn't think Finucane's injury is serious. He thinks collision scared her more than anything— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) April 23, 2015
Earleywine said Finucane had some pain in her right side in the lat muscle area (below armpit and above waist)— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) April 23, 2015
And on the other diamond...
MUTIGERS.COM: SEC East Lead On the Line as No. 14 Mizzou heads to No. 13 Vanderbilt
MUTIGERS.COM: Women's Basketball Hands out Post-Season Awards
What I just experienced...BEST year end basketball banquet EVER!!!! I love our team, our culture, and the direction we're headed!— Michael Porter (@coachporter8) April 23, 2015