The Chiefs play Arizona, with Sean Weatherspoon and Markus Golden, on Saturday night. That's pretty fantastic.
And some audio: PowerMizzou interviews Nate Brown.
1 day to the first scrimmage!
Pinkel said the team was probably looking to get 45-50 reps each for the first and second teams at the scrimmage: "That's real important to get that done. It's all situational and very detailed."
The depth chart will see a shake-up after the scrimmage, Pinkel said: "The depth will change, without a question, next Monday. That's OK. That'll be good. Those who deserve to go up, we say 'keep your job.' And those that deserve to go down, we say 'get your job back.'"
"That guy has really stepped up his game for the team," Henson said of Crawford. "It’s kind of amazing how much he’s improved from spring ball. Moving from defensive line to offensive line, I couldn’t be prouder of the guy.
"He’s played with an attitude," Henson added. "He’s played with a chip on his shoulder. He’s just such a great person. He wants to be good. He’s got a great desire for playing the game."
During his redshirt year, Nate Crawford at first rejected defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski’s idea that Crawford should switch from being a defensive lineman to offensive lineman.
"I said no at first. I wanted to play D-line. I was stubborn," Crawford said.
At the end of spring practice in 2014, Crawford had a change of heart. He decided he’d make the transition.
Making Nate Crawford's ascent to the top of the RT depth even more impressive: he's coming off June back surgery to repair a herniated disc.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 13, 2015
From Fullback U: "That's basically what I just went through. And he's bigger, more athletic and currently a starter on Mizzou's offensive line. Just a bit more motivation for me I suppose."
On Tuesday, receivers coach Pat Washington said the numbers at the position probably dictates that a few of the true freshmen will play this season. Washington said he would know who will play after Saturday's scrimmage. Pinkel, however, would not talk specific numbers or when those decisions will be made.
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9. Missouri: The oft-overlooked Tigers are indeed that again this preseason after back-to-back SEC East titles, but there are legitimate question marks. An inconsistent offensive line in 2014 needs to be better, and talented lineman Connor McGovern (previously on the right side of the O-line) has big shoes to fill at left tackle in succeeding Mitch Morse. The defensive line -- usually a strength -- is thin on experience after departures via the NFL draft, an injury (to Harold Brantley) and an offseason dismissal. Quarterback Maty Mauk must improve his play and has a crop of unproven receivers to sort through to complement the quality running game. How those questions are answered will be key.
Worst-case scenario: If those pieces don’t come together -- particularly on the offensive line with McGovern’s transition to the left side, and if the lack of experience on the defensive line becomes an issue and Mauk doesn’t make a significant improvement on his 53.4 percent completion rate of 2014 -- then things could get sticky. The schedule gets more challenging in the second half of the season, especially if alleged SEC "teams on the rise" Tennessee and Arkansas truly do take big steps forward this season (those are two teams Mizzou defeated in 2014). If the Tigers fall at Georgia and can’t sufficiently answer some of the question marks mentioned above, a four-loss season and a finish in the middle of the SEC East is possible.
2015 prediction: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)
Mizzou Women's Basketball head coach Robin Pingeton announced staff updates on Wednesday. RaeShara Brown has been named an assistant coach, while Willie Cox has transitioned into the role of director of recruiting.