Just some Russell Hansbrough highlights, because why not?
Bold Football Predictions
2. Seven 2015 signees will play this year: I did fairly well on this one last year as well, so I've got to keep the momentum going. Let's start off with the easy ones first. Missouri recruited Terry Beckner Jr. out of East St. Louis, Ill., with the express implication that he'd be expected to add depth to the Tigers' interior defensive line right away.
4. Missouri won't win three straight SEC Eastern Division titles: Now, Tigers fans, I know you have a hate-hate sentiment toward me, but I honestly just see a few more concerning holes on this team. There is no Shane Rayor Markus Golden waiting in the wings at defensive end. The receivers are athletic, but very unproven, and there's been too much movement and uncertainty at left tackle. I think Maty Mauk will be better, but I think Georgia takes care of business this year, unlike last season.
Missouri lost both of those SEC championship games but it should be noted that one was against No. 3 Auburn, which came within 13 seconds of winning the 2013 BCS national championship. The other was against No. 1 Alabama, which reached the first College Football Playoffs in 2014. Missouri’s accomplishments the past two seasons are a matter of record. The Tigers have received ample praise for going 14-2 in their last 16 regular season SEC games. Gary Pinkel, set to begin his 15th season as head coach at Mizzou, was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2014.
By the time the Tigers and Bulldogs face off on Oct. 17, there’s a good chance Mizzou will hold a one-game lead on both of its primary competitors — perceived Eastern Division frontrunners Tennessee and aforementioned Georgia. The Vols and Bulldogs meet the previous week and luckily for the Tigers, take on defending SEC champ Alabama before either gets its only crack at Mizzou.
MS: Virginia Tech vs. Missouri
BM: Missouri vs. Nebraska
Here are the 29 former Missouri players currently on NFL rosters, or at least signed with a team, and four more who were on rosters last year but have yet to sign for this season.
#54 Russell Hansbrough, Missouri - Highlight yards: 498.5, Highlight opportunities: 74, Average: 6.74
He indicated he does not expect it to keep him from continuing his strong playoff run, which is arguably the best by a former Missouri player in history. Even after a quiet Game 4 that saw him score only five points on 2-for-8 shooting in 32 minutes, Carroll is still averaging 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists this postseason while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.