1. More Very Important Tigers
Blake Toppmeyer's series continues.
Probably nobody benefited from Missouri switching to a 4-4-2 formation last season from the 4-3-3 it used in previous seasons more than Reagan Russell. She played primarily forward during her first two seasons at MU but was a wing midfielder last season. That's the position where she feels most comfortable. It showed. Russell ranked second for MU with seven goals and tied for second with four assists after she tallied three goals and two assists in her first two seasons combined.
If Miller is a taste of the type of recruiting Coach Shannon Welker, who is entering his third season, can provide, MU gymnastics fans are hungry for more like her.
If Missouri is to remain as good in 2015-16 as it was last season, it's going to need wrestlers like Miklus to take a step forward from the very good to the elite. Miklus made his mark at nationals last year as an unseeded wrestler. Expect him to go into next year's event as a top-10 seed.
Missouri had a hard time keeping post players healthy. Forwards Kayla McDowell and Bri Porter suffered ACL tears within 10 days of each other in December. Michelle Hudyn missed the season's first 10 games with a stress fracture. The injuries made Frericks' steady presence on the blocks vital for the Tigers, who went 19-14 and reached the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
Houck's repertoire suggests he'll eventually join the list of MU pitchers to go high in the MLB draft. The Blue Jays selected Houck in the 12th round after his senior season at Collinsville, Ill., High School, but he opted for college, a decision that should catapult him up several rounds. First, however, the Tigers get to enjoy Houck for two more seasons.
Kan ranked eighth in the SEC in kills per set (3.27) and 12th in digs per set (3.08). She was the only player to rank in the top 12 in each category. Her dual-threat ability led to her being an All-Southeast Region selection and an AVCA honorable mention All-American for the second straight season.
2. DISRESPECT! of the day
Caught up with Justin Britt at his football camp at Rock Bridge today.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 18, 2015
Britt said the 2013 SEC East title "showed the younger guys this here is possible. It doesn't matter what they say about Mizzou."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 18, 2015
Britt: "They don't know us. Just keep going out there and proving them wrong."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 18, 2015
Britt on the disrespect angle: "It's always been that way, even in the Big 12. It was Texas and Oklahoma. They didn't care about us."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 18, 2015
Britt held camps in his hometown of Lebanon (June 27) and Columbia before heading back up to Seattle to prep for camp.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 18, 2015
4. Today in out-of-context Wes Clark tweets
I ain't met you yet— Wes Clark (@Im_back_15) July 19, 2015