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An anonymous SEC defensive coach told ESPN that Missouri sophomore QB Drew Lock can be flustered when his receivers are locked up on shorter routes.

"The way you exploit [Lock's shortcomings] is to have corners who can play press and take away all the short throws," the coach said. "That will force Lock to make throws where he actually has to sit there and read coverages and throw in tight windows, which is where he struggles." Last season, the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder appeared in all 12 of Mizzou's games, starting the final eight. He threw for 1,303 yards with a 4/8 TD/INT ratio. Missouri's offense was one of the least dynamic in the country in 2015, but with Maty Mauk heading to Eastern Kentucky after a tumultuous career with the Tigers, Lock should benefit from a full offseason of preparation as starter. Rivals ranked him as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class.
Jun 18 - 7:25 PM

Missouri redshirt freshman RB Marquise Doherty will transfer to a junior college and focus on baseball.

"It wasn't any one thing," Doherty told Rivals. A four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder just sees more opportunities on the diamond than he does on the football field. The Royals actually drafted Doherty in the 15th round of the 2015 amateur draft, but he turned that down to join the Tigers. Doherty has not yet decided on his JUCO transfer destination.
Source: Rivals
Jun 4 - 12:41 PM

Missouri three-star ATH commitment DaRon Davis was named the Rivals Camp Series receiving MVP for the regional in Kansas City.

"The Missouri commit won receiver MVP honors by gaining consistent separation and flashing great hands on down field," wrote Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy. "Davis took as many reps as any player at the event and won nearly all of them." The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder fails to crack the outlet's top-250, but does rank as Rivals' No. 37 athlete for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 17 - 10:15 PM

Missouri redshirt junior DE Charles Harris slots in No. 14 on Mel Kiper's first Big Board.

"You also could make a case for Harris as the most disruptive defender in the SEC last year," Kiper wrote. "Expect to see him become a hot name on prospect boards in the fall." Harris led the SEC with 18.5 tackles for loss last year. He's following a pipeline of Missouri defensive ends that includes Kony Ealy, Shane Ray and Markus Golden.
May 16 - 11:14 PM

Rivals' Pete Scantlebury reports that Oklahoma graduate RB/KR Alex Ross has signed a financial aid agreement with Missouri.

While a financial aid agreement is non-binding, Scantlebury hears that Ross will not be taking any more visits. The runner and return man opted to transfer from the Sooners earlier in May. It looks like Missouri is in the cards now that he has signed a financial aid agreement, but Scantlebury tweeted out an interesting tidbit. "A source told me earlier this week that Mizzou's staff will feel safer about Alex Ross' transfer once he signs a lease," the analyst wrote, hinting at the possibility that the 6-foot-1, 227-pounder could still back out of this commitment. With the Sooners, Ross' kick-return average of 25.7 yards ranked third in school history. He is a dynamic burner who would give Missouri a much needed boost of speed. Again, assuming that he sticks the landing and actually follows through with the transfer.
Source: Rivals
May 15 - 7:22 PM

Missouri hired A.J. Ofodile to serve as director of recruiting operations.

Ofodile should know how to connect with high school prospects well enough. The 42-year-old has spent the last 12 years serving as the head coach of Columbia Rock Bridge High. He earned All-Big Eight first-team honors as a tight end with Mizzou in 1993.
May 14 - 7:26 PM

The Browns' deal with Missouri CB Kenya Dennis fell through.

That makes him a free agent. Dennis ran a respectable 4.51 forty at Mizzou's Pro Day and also impressed with a 36-inch vertical. He has enough versatility to catch on with another team, even if it's just as a training camp body.
May 13 - 6:21 PM

Oklahoma graduate RB/KR Alex Ross will transfer.

First and foremost, Ross is a flammable kick returner. A second-team CBS Sports All-American kick returner in 2014, Ross ranks third in school history with a 25.7-yard kickoff return average. We're guessing he's waving goodbye to Norman because his carries dipped from 88 in 2014 to 32 last year. Since that situation won't change -- ever heard of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon? -- Ross will seek out another opportunity. "Alex has been a great teammate and team guy for four years for us, and we’ve always been proud of him," OU head coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. "This is an opportunity for him to go somewhere else and play full time. We wish him the best."
May 6 - 7:01 PM

Browns signed Missouri CB Kenya Dennis.

Dennis (5'11/200) started two seasons for the Tigers after transferring from JUCO, tallying seven tackles for loss and two interceptions. He turned heads at Mizzou's Pro Day, running 4.51 with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Dennis had a nondescript senior college season, but he's worth a flyer based on athletic upside. With the ability to play both corner and safety, Dennis could carve out a career as a versatile reserve.
May 2 - 10:45 PM

Bucs signed Missouri RB Russell Hansbrough.

Hansbrough (5'8/192) was a rotational scatback for the Tigers, collecting a career rushing line of 467-2,344-15 (5.02 YPC) with 30 receptions. Diminutive and not an especially great athlete, Hansbrough managed a 4.63 forty at Mizzou's Pro Day with pedestrian vertical (30 1/2") and broad (9'6") jumps. Hansbrough was a useful college player who likely won't cut it in the pros.
May 2 - 3:08 PM

Vikings selected Missouri ILB Kentrell Brothers with the No. 160 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Brothers (6'0/245) led the nation in tackles (152) and earned first-team All-SEC as a senior middle linebacker at Mizzou, where he was a three-year starter. Brothers had a miserable Combine before turning in a respectable Pro Day, where he ran 4.82 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 19 bench-press reps. Although Brothers isn't a special athlete, he did flash special instincts on college tape, was a highly efficient tackler and didn't embarrass himself in coverage. There is a hint of Danny Trevathan to Brothers' game. He could be coached up by Mike Zimmer.
Apr 30 - 3:12 PM

Broncos selected Missouri OG Connor McGovern with the No. 144 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

McGovern (6'4/306) made 40 starts for the Tigers, seeing early-career action at guard and right tackle before protecting the blind side as a senior. Short arms (32 7/8") limit McGovern's pass pro on the edge, but he plays with a powerful mean streak and showed NFL-level weight-room strength at the Combine, benching 225 pounds 33 times. McGovern projects as an NFL guard or right tackle, offering upside as a drive blocker.
Apr 30 - 2:22 PM

Cardinals selected Missouri C Evan Boehm with the No. 128 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Boehm (6'2/302) made a school-record 52 starts for the Tigers, beginning his career at left guard before settling in at center. He was also a decorated high school wrestler. Known for his toughness, leadership, powerful hands, and ability to overpower college opponents, Boehm is a high-floor prospect with a starter's makeup. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein has compared Boehm to Packers C Corey Linsley. Boehm has a real shot to earn early playing time with the Cardinals.
Apr 30 - 1:37 PM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denied the Chiefs' appeal on anti-tampering violations involving Jeremy Maclin.

Kansas City will officially not get back its 2016 third-round or 2017 sixth-round picks. The minor silver lining from a financial standpoint is that the team's fine was reduced from $250,000 to $200,000 and HC Andy Reid's fine was reduced from $75,000 to $60,000.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 6:34 PM

Missouri LB Kentrell Brothers said that at the NFL Scouting Combine, "It’s like I was rushing into things and trying to get them over with."

"When I got to the bench press, that first rep, I dropped the weight on my chest. I was nervous. It was like I forgot how to bench," Brothers said. No huge surprise, then, that he performed markedly better during Missouri's Wednesday Pro Day than he did in Indianapolis. The 6-foot, 244-pound NFL-hopeful replaced a sluggish 4.89 seconds in the 40-yard dash with a much more respectable 4.72 seconds during Wednesday's festivities. This, he said, was a relief. "I was really stressing about the 40, and I improved a lot. That was the goal. I knew I wasn’t that slow." In early February, Pro Football Focus' Gordon McGuinness speculated that the Broncos would be a keen fit for Brothers if he fell to them in the second or third round.
Mar 24 - 6:15 PM


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