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Rock M Nation 12 hours ago

Missouri hosts SEMO in 2015 season opener

The Tigers and Redhawks kick off at 3:00 p.m. CT on SEC Network+ and WatchESPN. Coming off of double-digit wins in 2007, Gary Pinkel signed a top-25 recruiting class according to Rivals, one that featured nine players who would play as true freshmen: Dan Hoch, Will Ebner, Michael Egnew, Blaine Gabbert, Jerrell Jackson, Andrew Jones, Wes Kemp, Jacquies Smith and Kenji Jackson. Coming of a double digit win season in 2014, Gary Pinkel signed the No. 27 class according to Rivals and the No. 25 class according to the 247Sports Composite. It features up to 10 players who could play as true...
Rock M Nation 12 hours ago

Missouri's first depth chart suggests the Tigers will play 8 true freshmen in 2015

Yes, Drew Lock is playing. Which other freshmen made the cut? And without injured Wesley Leftwich, the Mizzou receiving corps is HILARIOUSLY young. Missouri released its depth chart and game notes for the first game of the season, this Saturday's battle against SE Missouri State (3:00 p.m. CT). It is our best opportunity to start getting some answers from fall camp, and ... well ... there are certainly some answers below. Offense QBMaty Mauk (6'0, 195, Jr.)Drew Lock (6'4, 205, Fr.)Eddie Printz (6'3, 205, So.) -OR-Marvin Zanders (6'1, 185, RSFr.) Yeah, Lock's playing. You could read the tea...
Rock M Nation 17 hours ago

"Everybody's favorite player's the backup QB, but then he throws three INTs." A Gary Pinkel Q&A.

This summer, I spoke with Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel for part of a coach profile that went up at SB Nation last week. Here is the extended Q&A. On today vs. yesterday BC: Starting from where you started off in the 1970s, I guess my first question is ... well, you started coaching in the 1970s! What are some of the biggest changes in the way that a football program is run now as compared to when you began? GP: I don't think it's remarkably different. I think running a program is like running a business. Obviously it's people-oriented, and it's still about attention to detail, having a...
Rock M Nation 21 hours ago

Barry Odom used to prove people wrong. Now it's time to prove the locals right.

Here are today's Mizzou links. What's On Inside fall camp. The Missourian: Five things we learned from Missouri fall camp 3. Missouri has depth concerns at running back Sophomore Ish Witter opened camp as the No. 2 back on Missouri’s depth chart, but he’s looked far from impressive during camp. Although he does have two touchdowns to his name, his average of 2.83 yards per carry hasn’t exactly put him far above the other candidates. Elsewhere, junior Morgan Steward hasn’t fully recovered from last August’s hip injury. He’s certainly had some carries, but he hasn’t shown...
Rock M Nation Aug 30, 2015

In 2015, Missouri might play the most true freshmen of the Gary Pinkel era

Predicting Mizzou's first depth chart and which true freshman will play in 2015. Coming off of double-digit wins in 2007, Gary Pinkel signed a top-25 recruiting class according to Rivals, one that featured nine players who would play as true freshmen: Dan Hoch, Will Ebner, Michael Egnew, Blaine Gabbert, Jerrell Jackson, Andrew Jones, Wes Kemp, Jacquies Smith and Kenji Jackson. Coming of a double digit win season in 2014, Gary Pinkel signed the No. 27 class according to Rivals and the No. 25 class according to the 247Sports Composite. It features up to 10 players who could play as true...
Rock M Nation Aug 29, 2015

James Franklin and Kendial Lawrence are carrying the Edmonton Eskimos' offense

Here are five Mizzou things for August 29, the last Saturday before Mizzou's football season begins. 1. :) Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin on eight former Tigers on the field tonight: "#Mizzou is moving up in the world, man," Maclin said with a big smile. — Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 29, 2015 :) EXPLOSIVE CHIEFS pic.twitter.com/y7TcUqxfCa — Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler) August 29, 2015 :) 2. Eskimo M Nation Toronto Star: Eskimos dominate Argonauts in Edmonton Rookie quarterback James Franklin threw one touchdown and ran in another as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Argonauts...
Rock M Nation Aug 29, 2015

Mizzou Football Xs & Os Explained

Want to know how that long touchdown run happened? Want to know if the defense was aligned properly? Here, the offensive and defensive strategies are explained. At some point after the Indiana game last year, there was some confusion about Dave Steckel's defense. MU defense unveils a new wrinkle - David Morrison Wilson said Steckel calls it "a lot of different stuff." Brothers said it's the "40" defense, presumably, he said, because of its four linebackers. Coach Gary Pinkel called it the "30" defense, because of the three down linemen. Steckel said it was a version of the team's 4-3, but...
Rock M Nation Aug 28, 2015

Cortland Browning, Tavon Ross, and Cam Hilton are all battling for 2015 playing time

Cortland Browning (6'1, 205, Sr.) 2014: 3.0 tackles, 1 PBU 2013: 3.5 tackles 2012: 0.5 tackles Bill C.: Roles can get pretty blurry on the Mizzou defense, which played a 4-2-5 more than its listed 4-3 last year and could alter between a 3- and 4-man line and a 4- and 5-man secondary quite a bit coming season. Versatility is key, and it's hard to figure out what the real pecking order is as opposed to the one posted on the depth chart (which doesn't include a nickel back or fourth linebacker). On paper, Browning will be backing up Anthony Sherrils at strong safety this year. But the senior,...
Rock M Nation Aug 28, 2015

Thomas Wilson's got some learning to do, but his football instincts are undeniable

Thomas Wilson (5'10, 190, So.) 2014: 12.5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU The Beef: How can you not be impressed with the performance of the true freshman from last season? He’s right behind Simon on the depth chart and certainly in place to see a lot of time in both the special teams game and live defensive action. Does Wilson end up starting for two years next to Sherrils after Simon graduates this year? Could be a lot of experience in this entire secondary in 2016 and 2017. Bill C.: Technically, Thomas Wilson didn't do much on the field last year. He saw time at nickel back and on special teams,...
Rock M Nation Aug 28, 2015

Anthony Sherrils found a starting role in the spring and has refused to relinquish it

Anthony Sherrils (6'0, 190, So.) 2014: 10.5 tackles The Beef: Lots of pressure on Sherrils this year, as he entered the fall as the #1 at the SS spot. He did so by passing Browning on the depth chart, so I imagine a number of eyes might be on that matchup as the season presses on, especially if he is just on there due to injury. One of the better battles coming up. Bill C.: The Beef wrote that a couple of weeks ago as we geared up to put out the Walkthrough series. It might be a testament to Sherrils that this hasn't really become a battle at all. Of all the position battles people have...
Rock M Nation Aug 28, 2015

Missouri always has an underappreciated veteran safety. Ladies and gentlemen, Ian Simon!

Ian Simon (6'0, 195, Sr.) 2014: 44.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF 2013: 32.0 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 QB hurry 2012: 9.5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QB hurry Bill C.: We like to think we have a pretty good read on the Mizzou defense this year. Defensive line: thin. Linebackers: awesome and deep. Corners: awesome and deep. Safeties: ...fine, maybe? The safety position is a bit of a mystery, with two of the top three spots held by sophomores (Anthony Sherrils and Thomas Wilson). But the Tigers do still have one known quantity in the back: Ian Simon, this year's...
Rock M Nation Aug 28, 2015

Drew Lock's scrimmage performance suggests he'll be playing in 2015

Here are today's Mizzou links What's On Duh, scrimmage highlights! MU defense is strong in final scrimmage : Sports After forcing just one turnover in 277 plays during the first two scrimmages, MU’s defense picked off three passes, had seven sacks and allowed just two touchdowns, both by the reserve units, in the 72-play scrimmage on Faurot Field. "We know we can get interceptions. We know we can get turnovers," said safety Anthony Sherrils, who picked off the day’s second pass attempt, a mistimed throw by backup quarterback Eddie Printz. "We know they were going to come sooner or...
Rock M Nation Aug 27, 2015

In just 2 decades, Flat Branch has become a Columbia institution

In 1994, Tom Smith, like a lot of other Columbia residents, was looking for a nice place to enjoy a good glass of whiskey and a nice cold beer. After noticing a lack of such establishments, he decided to open up his love for brewing craft beers to the public. He partnered with Coopersmith’s pub out of Colorado to create the first brewery in Columbia since 1841 and one of the city’s most popular restaurants. Flat Branch Pub and Brewing is located on Fifth Street downtown, residing in a building from the ‘20’s that once housed an Oldsmobile dealership. Inside, the walls incorporate a...
Rock M Nation Aug 27, 2015

Logan Cheadle and Finis Stribling IV, two explosive young CBs, wait their turn

Logan Cheadle (5'10, 180, So.) 2014: 0.5 tackles Fullback U: It takes something special to play as a true freshman corner, and War Machine, er, Logan Cheadle, obviously displayed it. He's both mentally and physically mature enough to play; that makes him a huge asset for Cornell Ford and Barry Odom and sets him up very well to perhaps take over a starting role next year. He’s small(ish) and fast in a way that draws favorable comparisons to another Mizzou corner from the Kansas City area. I bet he’ll see even more playing time this year as the season goes on, possibly in a battle with...
Rock M Nation Aug 27, 2015

John Gibson gives Mizzou a speedy, experienced option as a third corner or nickel back.

John Gibson III (6'0, 190, Jr.) 2014: 24.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 4 PBU 2013: 11.5 tackles, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FR, 1 QB hurry Bill C.: Missouri's increasingly impressive cornerback depth has allowed John Gibson to grow slowly, and I think that could reap major dividends in 2016, after Kenya Dennis has departed. He certainly made some sophomore mistakes last year, but ... well, he was a sophomore. And when Aarion Penton was suspended for the Texas A&M game -- a potentially perilous situation against the Aggies' deep set of receivers -- Gibson was a major reason why A&M still only averaged 5.7 yards...
Rock M Nation Aug 27, 2015

Rock M Radio - 100 Percent Correct* Football Season Predictions

*Give or take a few games here and there. In this week's podcast: FOOTBALL. SOON. Predicting how the 2015 season will unfold for the Missouri Tigers - game by game - with Bill Connelly of some website we can't remember. NEXT WEEK: PREVIEWING AN ACTUAL FOOTBALL GAME.
Rock M Nation Aug 27, 2015

Aarion Penton's got speed and swagger, and he's only a junior

Aarion Penton (5'10, 190, Jr.) 2014: 29.0 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 10 PBU, 1 FF 2013: 14.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU AlaTiger: Another entrenched starter, Penton is good and figures to improve in his junior year. He might even become as good as his dancing little brother is cute. dcrockett17: Penton is very good at shadowing and has fantastic footwork. My hope with him is that he’s gotten a bit stronger. He’s already a super-solid starter. We’re talking about the difference between that and an all-league performer. Fullback U: Aarion Penton is small, probably smaller than his...
Rock M Nation Aug 27, 2015

Kenya Dennis was a revelation in 2014. Now he's a leader.

Kenya Dennis (5'11, 200, Sr.) 2014: 54.5 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT, 9 PBU, 1 FF, 1 QB hurry AlaTiger: Dennis surprised us all last year by becoming the best cornerback on the team. I’m expecting a beast mode season from him -- maybe even E.J. Gaines level work. dcrockett17: Dennis is an almost prototype boundary corner. He’s really good at re-routing WRs when asked to play tight. It’ll be interesting to see how much more of that Barry Odom does. Dave Steckel was generally pretty conservative on the back end, which is pretty common with D-line-centric coordinators. Dennis may...
Rock M Nation Aug 27, 2015

Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson talks about adaptability and change

Here are today's Mizzou Links. Yell at me, Andy Hill! And I love that Emanuel Hall's "big brother" ... is a redshirt freshman. I'm just saying... New signage going up at #TheZou #MIZ pic.twitter.com/PbntU1LJZm — Shawn Davis (@ShawnDizzle77) August 26, 2015 I’m just saying, if we’re claiming the 2010 B12 North title, we should claim the 1960 and 2007 national titles, too. https://t.co/4mHaXWmt16 — Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) August 26, 2015 Some pretty cool insight from Henson PowerMizzou: Taking flight "You have to start somewhere," Henson said. "You have to have...
Rock M Nation Aug 26, 2015

We simply cannot wait to see Terez Hall and Franklin Agbasimere in action

Terez Hall (6'2, 215, Fr.) The Beef: Hall was a really late, Signing Day addition to the recruiting class, as the Tigers hosted him late in the process and then fended off visits from Nebraska and Wisconsin to win his services. His film is really impressive, as he can bring the wood. Fullback U: Barry Odom really wanted Terez Hall this past recruiting cycle, and getting him on campus was a major coup for both the new DC and Mizzou. He’s physically very impressive and has made enough strides to earn a spot on the kickoff team, which means he’s being groomed for early playing time. In...