Just for grins, the two most entertaining Mizzou season openers of the last 10 years.
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"Nate [Howard] has steadily improved," defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski said. "The things that he does best (are) he plays physical and with a lot of excitement. His energy makes plays. I think if he continues this way he can have a really good year."
The staff expects the same, if not more, from Beckner, who rotated steadily in a four-man mix at defensive tackle in all three scrimmages. He’s officially listed as the top backup to junior Josh Augusta.
"I don’t know how (Beckner) does half the things he does, but he makes it to the ball every play," middle linebacker Michael Scherer said. "He’s very talented. It almost looks like offensive linemen are blocking a ghost, which is hard for a 315-pound kid. But he seems to do it."
Will be interesting to see what happens when Leftwich comes back. As we said on the board last week, we didn't expect Justin Smith to shed the redshirt. He looked great in scrimmages, but isn't quite there. May be evaluated over the first few weeks of the season and could still play, but for now, not.
The others, Dilosa over Blair is perhaps a mild surprise. Best news is that J'Mon Moore is healthy and playing.
Pinkel at media day
On whether or not he will play Drew Lock for a series per game…
"In my background, I've done that often. Many times I've done that. First of all, a player has to earn that. If he practices at a high level, then what you like to do is get him some playing time. That's going to be up to him and how hard he is working. We've done it many ways. Sometimes a series in the first half, sometimes a series in the second half. We've done it with James Franlkin, Blaine Gabbert. We did it even more so with Chase [Daniel] and Brad Smith. We've had success doing that here. It's ideal to do that. I did it at Washington and Toledo. At Washington I did it a lot, we had a lot of NFL quarterbacks. It's worked out in a favorable way. One thing we've always done. It's good because it allows your backup players to get to play at their position. A lot of things go into it in terms of how the game is going. Do we want to interrupt that in the second half? Those are the decisions we have to make."
On how hard it is to make a decision regarding redshirting a player…
"Anybody who can help the team, we're not going to put a redshirt on them. That's pretty simple. The team is the number one priority at every position."
On the whether all of the freshmen listed on the depth chart will not be redshirted…
"I think so. The plan is to play them. Emmanuel Hall at wide receiver, we've been working to get him into the gameplan. Terry Beckner has had great camp and has tremendous potential. Josh Moore is at the fifth tackle – you always need to have a fifth player ready to play. Nate Howard at defensive end – he's doing exceptionally well. Then you have a Terez Hall and Cam Hilton. They're playing at a very high level. A lot of things happen. You look at the depth, you look at a guy's ability to learn, is he physically ready to play? Are they mature enough to go out there and play in front of 70,000 people on national TV? There are a lot of components that we're looking at. All of these things were a part of it. It's a very talented class. There are some guys who have great opportunities."
True freshman Josh Moore is the fifth tackle and redshirt freshmen Spencer Williams and Rocel McWilliams are the extra ends.
Eight players, seven of them never having played a collegiate game before. Zero combined career tackles.
"That doesn't make me nervous at all," said defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, making a face that betrayed his words. "It would be nice to be able to say otherwise. But hey, they want to play, they want to win. So we've got to get a way to get it done."
Thankfully for Kuligowski, he feels as if the raw material is there to construct another one of his standout defensive lines.
Charles Harris on his personal goal: "Sacks - double digits... That's something I think I can do... Why not go for the sack record?" #Mizzou— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) August 31, 2015
Coach Kool says Josh Augusta's in shape. #Mizzou ran down & backs on Sat. Coaches ask DL to make it in 19 sec. Josh made last 2 in 14 sec.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) August 31, 2015
Coach Kool on Terry Beckner: "Terry is a very good prospect. He's very quick, and very strong. Very large. And, at times, very lazy." (1/2)— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) August 31, 2015
Coach Kool on Beckner, cont'd: "If we can get the very lazy part out of him, we're going to have someone that's really good."— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) August 31, 2015
Coach Kool: "(Marcell Frazier) is a very mature, intelligent kid... He has his vision on success. He wants to be a great football player."— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) August 31, 2015
When Mizzou coaches told LG Alec Abeln he'd make his 1st career start, he spent Friday calling former coaches to tell them & say thank you— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) August 31, 2015
On Tiger Talk, Gary Pinkel again stresses that Eddie Printz and Marvin Zanders both "had a really good camp" but Drew Lock earned 2nd spot.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Pinkel says he expects Lock to be up to 225, 230 pounds by the time he leaves MU.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Pinkel says Terry Beckner Jr. is "a big dude." Says he's down to about 307 pounds now after coming in at about 317.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Pinkel: "We're going to have an inexperienced receiver crew. And that's OK."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Mike Kelly asks Brothers if he and Michael Scherer had a "friendly competition" with tackles last year: "Ummm......no."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Brothers says "media tackles" are different from the tackles the coaches keep. Scherer said he beat Brothers in coach tackles.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Brothers: "Coach Odom's not as aggressive. He's more chill. Coach Stec, being a Marine, he was very aggressive."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Brothers says Odom's defense "hasn't gone away from what we established here at Mizzou. That's pretty cool."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Brothers says McGovern puts on "cute little purple tights" when he runs 40s. McGovern calls them "PR pants," because he runs PRs in them.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Gary Pinkel says he wants to get to 100,000 Twitter followers. "We don't want to buy them like a lot of teams are doing."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) September 1, 2015
Something interesting from Maty Mauk I forgot to put in the notes. He said he expects to be doing a bunch more read option this year— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
Also: colleague @btoppmeyer coined the nickname "Downtown Nate Brown" yesterday and I can't stop chuckling about it. So I wanted to share.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
You don't know about Downtown Nate Brown, jive turkey? Shoooooot I once saw him run a post so skinny it could fit through a sidewalk crack.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
S/ KR Anthony Sherrils said the best advice from Marcus Murphy on returning is to "show the hole late." Don't give away your route too early— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) September 1, 2015
Sherrils said the return team knows where he's going, so it's his job to hide that route until the last second so coverage can't pick it up.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) September 1, 2015
Craig Kuligowski, on what stands out about Nate Howard: "His extremely large head. No, I’m just kidding. But he does."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 1, 2015
If the quality matches the personality, this team's going to be pretty good.
Teammates noticed leadership qualities in Hansbrough, whom they voted as a captain just before fall camp began.
The decision prompted a media member to ask a teammate whether Hansbrough spoke up enough to be one.
"People always think he’s real quiet, but Russ talks a lot," safety Ian Simon responded. "Sometimes you can’t get Russ to shut up."
Even if he were as silent as he’s made out to be, Simon said it wouldn’t matter.
"Russ is one of the hardest workers on this team," he said. "To me, Russ doesn’t need to say much because his actions speak louder than his words ever could."
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football head coach Gary Pinkel will give back to the local community this season as he will auction off his Nike Mizzou visors to benefit local charities. All proceeds from the auctions along with a $1,000 donation from Pinkel himself each week will be donated to seven local charities following Mizzou home games. The winner of each visor and that week’s charity will also win a VIP fan experience.
Following each home contest, Pinkel will list his Nike Mizzou visor on eBay and the bidding will begin. Each auction will last for three days with the visor and the VIP experience going to the highest bidder. The auctions will be held following all six home games and Mizzou’s neutral-site battle with BYU in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium. The VIP experience will include a tour of the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex (MATC), an autograph session with Coach Pinkel, a dinner at MATC and a look at Mizzou practice for the winner and the charity for that week.
Well this seems a little ... scary? Semi-sane?
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