Let's talk linebackers.
In Missouri's first scrimmage, Newsom was on the field more, even against three and four-wide sets. Often, instead of a nickel back (which is typically another corner or safety), Newsom remained on the field.
A big reason for that is his athleticism. Newsom said he runs a 4.42-second 40, and hopes to get it in the 4.3s by the time his college career is over.
"He (DC Barry Odom) just wants me on the field because I ran a good 40-time," Newsom said. "I want to use my speed as an advantage to help the Tigers win, so he wants to keep me on the field more.
* DL Terry Beckner, Jr. shined during 1-on-1 trench drills, flashing a slew of nifty moves including a spin and a strafe to burst into the backfield and sack the dummy QB.
* During an 11-on-11 scrimmage, the defense got off to a solid start as DE Spencer Williams and DE Walter Brady snuffed out consecutive runs for a pair of tackles-for-loss.
* Beckner Jr. steamrolled his momentum from 1-on-1s to the 11-on-11 scrimmage. He knifed his way into the backfield on several occasions, including a hurry that prevented a first down.
* LB Donavin Newsom recorded a sack, chasing down QB Eddie Printz before he could throw it away. Newsom also forced a fumble with a punch-out later in the segment, but the ball bounced out of bounds before the defense could pounce on it.
We've seen a few references from coaches regarding Terry Beckner's motor being excellent. A five-star athlete with a motor? Hell yes.
Sophomore wideout J'Mon Moore is day-to-day with a left shoulder sprain he suffered during Monday's practice.
Coach Gary Pinkel alluded to Moore's injury after Monday's session but did not know the severity. Moore sent a cryptic tweet Monday night that led to speculation the injury was serious. He underwent shoulder surgery near the end of his true freshman season in 2013.
Yeah, I was fearing worse for Moore, so I'll take this. Obviously with the inexperience here and the unfamiliarity between Maty Mauk and most of the receivers, you don't want anybody to miss time, but "day-to-day" will suffice.
The 6-4 junior tipped the scales at 360 pounds this summer, 10 pounds heavier than MU coaches want him this season. To fulfill his potential at this level and beyond — and savor the rewards that would come with a career in football — Augusta has to win his private battle with the bulge. The coaches dropped him to the second unit at the start of preseason camp because of his weight. On Tuesday, he weighed in at 346. He wants to reach 335 before the start of the season.
"I feel like I can play faster (at 335)," he said, "and be on the field longer."
That would be everyone’s wish at Mizzou. Augusta was part of MU’s defensive tackle rotation last year but at 355 pounds couldn’t play more than four or five consecutive snaps by his count. With the departure of seniors Lucas Vincent and Matt Hoch combined with Harold Brantley’s season-ending injuries sustained in a June car accident, the Tigers need more from Augusta. He had 23 tackles, one sack and an interception last year in 14 games off the bench.
Darius Anderson ... didn't commit? Did and didn't? Might soon?
Recruiting is strange sometimes.
Earlier today Darius Anderson’s dad told us his son committed to #Mizzou. Darius tells us tonight he did not. We’ll continue to follow (1/2)— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) August 19, 2015
(2/2) but for now we’ll do as the kid wishes and not list Darius Anderson as a #Mizzou commitment. Stay tuned.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) August 19, 2015
So, uh, these links might already be outdated. But we'll share them nonetheless.
But hey, the Anthony Hines signing is official, at least
University of Missouri Athletics - Mizzou Football Adds CB Anthony Hines to 2015 Roster
You're a stud, Molly Kreklow.
Former Mizzou Volleyball All-American setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) was one of 14 players to make the final U.S. roster for the Federation Internationale De Volleyball (FIVB) World Cup, as announced Tuesday by U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly. Kreklow is one of two setters on the team, joining Alisha Glass.
"Obviously I'm really excited to have this opportunity to continue to represent my country," Molly Kreklow said. "My goal has always been to be a national team setter, so this entire process has been a dream come true. I'm hoping to help our team win in whatever role the coaches have in mind for me. The goal is to help our team get to Rio de Janeiro, and I'm excited to see what's in store for us in Japan!"