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Rock M Nation 15 hours ago

Guaranteed accurate 2016 Missouri football predictions

How will the Missouri Tigers do in Barry Odom’s first season? A game by game prediction. Missouri's 2016 football season will be a memorable one as Barry Odom, the first new head coach in Columbia in 15 years, looks to return the Tigers to their winning ways. Having gone 17-15 in their first four years in the SEC, the Tigers bookended trips to the SEC Championship Game with disappointing 5-7 campaigns. What does this year have in store? Toughness, adversity, promise. A stout defense and hopefully a rebuilt offense. Tough road games against LSU, Florida and Tennessee countered by a largely...
Rock M Nation 21 hours ago

Week 1: Missouri Tigers vs West Virginia Mountaineers

Previews, depth charts, breakdowns, news and stories about Missouri's first game of the 2016 season. Saturday September 3rd, 2016 at 11 A.M. At Morgantown, W.VA. TV: FOX SPORTS 1 With the Missouri Tigers’ season opener against the West Virginia Mountaineers exactly one week away, let’s take a look at who projects to be on the Tiger two-deep on September 3rd. Offense Position # Player Year | # Player Year Wide Receiver 87 Eric Laurent (r)SR OR 15 Keyon Dilosa (r)SO Wide Receiver 1 Chris Black (r)SR 9 Dimetrios Mason FR Tight End 80 Sean Culkin SR 10 Jason...
Rock M Nation 22 hours ago

Projecting Missouri’s Week 1 depth chart

Which players will be the first to take the field on the road in Morgantown, WV? With the Missouri Tigers’ season opener against the West Virginia Mountaineers exactly one week away, let’s take a look at who projects to be on the Tiger two-deep on September 3rd. Offense Position # Player Year | # Player Year Wide Receiver 87 Eric Laurent (r)SR OR 15 Keyon Dilosa (r)SO Wide Receiver 1 Chris Black (r)SR 9 Dimetrios Mason FR Tight End 80 Sean Culkin SR 10 Jason Reese (r)SO Wide Receiver 6 J'Mon Moore (r)JR 84 Emanuel Hall SO Right Tackle 77 Paul Adams (r)SO 72 Kyle...
Rock M Nation Aug 26, 2016

For the 2nd straight year, Missouri will rely on a freshman in special teams

Hey, it worked pretty well with Corey Fatony... Corey Fatony 5’11, 185, So. Franklin, TN 2015: 81 punts, 42.9 average, 28 fair catches, 26 inside 20; 1 rush, 26 yards Sam Snelling: Arguably the most important player for Mizzou’s offense last season, Fatony proved he can be a big-time punter. Let’s just hope that this year he has to punt less. Pboggs: Great name and great game. He proved the importance of a punter last year. Oscar Gamble: Corey Fatony is an elite punter and a great athlete. If it weren’t for his missing left pectoral muscle I think he’d be playing running back or...
Rock M Nation Aug 26, 2016

5 thoughts about Vanderbilt, Missouri’s 10th opponent

This could be a game between two five-win teams desperate for a sixth victory. Sept. 3: at West Virginia (win probability: 33%) Sept. 10: Eastern Michigan (91%) Sept. 17: Georgia (33%) Sept. 24: Delaware State (100%) Oct. 1: at LSU (9%) Oct. 15: at Florida (23%) Oct. 22: Middle Tennessee (77%) Oct. 29: Kentucky (74%) Nov. 5: at South Carolina (47%) What I’m calling stage three of the Mizzou schedule — Stage 1: the likely 2-2 start, Stage 2: two rugged road games, Stage 3: four straight winnable games, Stage 4: two rugged closing games — ends with a visit from Vanderbilt. There’s...
Rock M Nation Aug 26, 2016

Tanner Houck will be Missouri's best ever pro pitcher

Yes, better than Max Scherzer and Aaron Crow. On Thursday, #MizzouMade Max Scherzer tossed a gem against the Baltimore Orioles, going 8 innings strong, allowing no runs or walks, 2 hits and striking out 10. On the year, he leads Major League Baseball with 227 strikeouts and is most Mizzou alumni's favorite MLB True Son. But what if I told you there will be a pitcher even better than Scherzer to come out of Missouri? And that you still have one more year to see him pitch in Columbia? I’ve noticed many fans and school officials now looking for the next great #MizzouMade athlete. Football...
Rock M Nation Aug 26, 2016

Rock M Roll Call: 2016 Missouri Tigers Edition

Another season is upon us! It's time to get to know everyone. It’s time for an annual Rock M tradition: the roll call! Whether you’re new or not, now’s a chance to (re)introduce yourself by answer the questions at the bottom of the post. Rock M Nation has added some new faces since last year, so I thought having them start off the introductions might be nice. David Morrison Follow @davidcmorrison How did you find Rock M Nation? Well, Rock M Nation pretty much found me. Very soon after taking the Columbia Daily Tribune's Missouri football beat writer position in the summer of...
Rock M Nation Aug 26, 2016

In the Short Corner Podcast: Kim Anderson

A podcast in which I talked to Kim Anderson about pasta, and the soundtrack is a great 90’s hip-hop song. Kim Anderson has been making the rounds. The KC Star had a YouTube video, PowerMizzou had a podcast, and in all of these, Kim Anderson says a lot of the same things. But, he talked to me, too! So I recorded it and uploaded with the best music, Camp Lo’s Luchini aKa This is it! So here’s me and Kim Anderson, with Mizzou’s Patrick Crawford listening in (probably). You can subscribe on iTunes and the Google Play store too. I’ve got some big things on the horizon that I’m...
Rock M Nation Aug 26, 2016

"You can take 70 on a trip. I want 70 leaders." Barry Odom on captains, game prep, changes, etc.

Here are today's Mizzou Links. 8 days to WVU The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU notes: Talking game-week preparation, eclipses, and team strong man Thursday’s practice was treated like a Thursday game-week practice, Odom said, and Friday, after practice, the team will go to a hotel and pretend as if it was on a road trip. On Saturday, the team will start practice around the same time as next week’s game in Morgantown, W.V, which is slated for an 11 a.m. kickoff (noon Eastern). "We need it, I need it, just to go through the 48-hour preparation part as we get closer to the game," Odom...
Rock M Nation Aug 25, 2016

Two freshman safeties could play special teams roles for Missouri in 2016

Ronnell Perkins and DeMarkus Acy probably won’t see a lot of time at safety, but that special teams unit needs some shoring up. Ronnell Perkins 6’0, 185, RSFr. St. Louis, MO davidcmorrison: This is the year for Perkins to get involved on special teams with an eye toward working into the rotation in 2017. In limited views during scrimmages, Perkins showed a penchant for lighting his man up as well as losing him at times, which is an encouraging sign for his fear factor but a discouraging sign for his dependability on the back end. He’s got time. He’s one of those long, quick athletes...
Rock M Nation Aug 25, 2016

Missouri is stocked at safety for the foreseeable future

Three sophomores vie for a spot in the Mizzou safety rotation. Cam Hilton 6’0, 180, So. St. Louis, MO 2015: 2.0 tackles; 12 targets, 9 catches, 129 yards (10.8 per target) davidcmorrison: At this time last year, we thought Hilton was going to be the next big thing at safety. Then, about two months later, we thought he was going to be the next big thing at slot receiver. Now he’s back. Is he still the next big thing? His skillset says “yes.” He’s the type of versatile, fluid athlete that (while not as fast) calls to mind Anthony Sherrils. As we discussed with Thomas Wilson, though,...
Rock M Nation Aug 25, 2016

Thomas Wilson has drawn major praise in Missouri fall camp

Mizzou needed someone to step up at safety opposite Anthony Sherrils. It appears Wilson is doing just that. Thomas Wilson 5’10, 190, Jr. Suwanee, GA 2015: 11.0 tackles, 0.5 TFL 2014: 13.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU davidcmorrison: Somebody’s got to take the place of Ian Simon who, though he wasn’t always the flashiest, was a calming, steadying influence at the back of the Tigers’ defense, in the Braylon Webb mold. Anthony Sherrils could fill that role, but he’s really best when he’s being a little reckless. The risk/reward quotient falls in the favor of “risk” with an athlete of...
Rock M Nation Aug 25, 2016

Anthony Sherrils has gone from “fast guy” to one of the SEC’s best safeties

Now he just needs to hold onto another interception or two. Anthony Sherrils 6’0, 200, Jr. Kansas City, MO 2015: 52.5 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF 2014: 10.5 tackles davidcmorrison: How fast, exactly, is Anthony Sherrils? The hubbub last spring, after offseason testing, was his reported 4.25-second 40-yard dash. This fall, he’s said he ran a 4.29. Is he getting slower? Doubtful. Are accurate 40 times notoriously difficult to pin down? Definitely. But I do know one thing. Anthony Sherrils is faster than me. And you. And you. And you. And you. And y...well, maybe not you, Usain...
Rock M Nation Aug 25, 2016

How much has a recent injury hurt TJ Warren’s chances of starting for Mizzou in 2016?

And was the redshirt freshman a spring game decoy or a true starter-in-waiting? TJ Warren 5’11, 190, RSFr. Conyers, GA davidcmorrison: Coming in last year, Warren was intriguing as a lean, long option who could bring the wood. So Missouri could possibly mold him into a cornerback or a safety with time. And, given his surprise run with the 1s in the spring game, it appeared that time would be sooner rather than later. But, alas, time catches up with even the best of us, and a hamstring injury sidelined Warren during a crucial portion of fall camp, when he could ill afford to cede any...
Rock M Nation Aug 25, 2016

For the first time, a female band director will lead Marching Mizzou in 2016

Here are today's Mizzou Links. What's on Marching Mizzou! The Missourian: New director picks up the baton to lead Marching Mizzou Last month, Cooper became the director of Marching Mizzou, the first woman in the history of MU to lead the marching band. She is the 16th director in the band's 131-year history and currently, one of  two female directors in the SEC. Elva Kaye Lance is director of bands at Mississippi State University. Cooper also becomes the director of Mini Mizzou, a pep band created in 1973 to include select members of Marching Mizzou. Mini Mizzou performs at basketball...
Rock M Nation Aug 24, 2016

The Valero Alamo Bowl Massacre

Chase Daniel did what Chase Daniel does: survive. Sports have many narrative similarities to your favorite TV shows like Game of Thrones or a soap-opera like Days of Our Lives. The bigger events like Conference Championships or Bowl Games can feel like blockbuster movies. Rock M Reviews is a series designed to treat Mizzou Football games like a film critic would your favorite show or movie. This fall, Alec Blome has agreed to review Missouri Football games in that spirit for Rock M Nation. Plot Summary A young man (Chase Daniel) returns home to Texas for one final adventure with his college...
Rock M Nation Aug 24, 2016

Two Missouri veterans look for a niche in a crowded field of cornerbacks

Can Anthony Hines’ size give him a leg up on Finis Stribling IV and other backups when it comes to seeing reps in 2016? Anthony Hines 6’1, 190, Jr. South San Francisco, CA 2015: 1.5 tackles davidcmorrison: Anthony Hines’ redshirt got burned, almost by accident, in a potentially game-winning drive for Connecticut only about a month after he got on campus from junior college. That was pretty funny. Hines continued to see action in dribs and drabs (along with special teams reps) over the course of the season and even jostled with Gibson and Cheadle at times to be the extra corner of...
Rock M Nation Aug 24, 2016

Logan Cheadle has 2 years left to fulfill his E.J. Gaines-style promise

The junior might not have been strong or experienced enough to make a difference in 2015, but he’s got time. Logan Cheadle 5’10, 180, Jr. Lee’s Summit, MO 2015: 10.5 tackles, 1 TFL (1 sack), 2 PBU davidcmorrison: Coming in, Logan Cheadle wanted to fashion himself as another E.J. Gaines, and you can kind of see where he’s coming from. Not the biggest guy in the world, but tough. Not shy about crashing down toward the line on run and pass plays alike. He’s been a bit of a victim of circumstances in his first two years. Aarion Penton and Kenya Dennis were just further along than...
Rock M Nation Aug 24, 2016

Can John Gibson overcome a late-2015 funk to play a role as a senior?

His speed and feistiness will always give him a shot, but can he avoid costly breakdowns? John Gibson 6’0, 190, Sr. Missouri City, TX 2015: 9.5 tackles, 1 INT, 2 PBU 2014: 24.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 4 PBU 2013: 11.5 tackles, 1 INT, 3 PBU davidcmorrison: Gibson’s been an enigma in the “David Johnson” mold during his time on campus, give or take a few possibly inflammatory tweets. The potential surrounding him has been blinding, thanks to his speed to burn and past as a track star, but the flashes have never turned into concentrated beams of light. He started the 2014 season as the starter...
Rock M Nation Aug 24, 2016

Aarion Penton has become one of Missouri’s best recent cornerbacks

Can the senior be as good in the role of Barry Odom Cornerback as he was as a Gary Pinkel Cornerback? Aarion Penton 5’10, 190, Sr. St. Louis, MO 2015: 50.0 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF 2014: 29.0 tackles, 2 TFLs, 3 INT, 10 PBU, 1 FF 2013: 14.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU davidcmorrison: The most impressive thing to me about Aarion Penton has always been that, yes, he is a very good pass defender, but he’s also an impressively sound tackler for his size. He’s tough enough against the run that Missouri has had no compunction about working him into the box as a nickelback...