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Missouri hired former Texas Tech DC David Gibbs to serve in an unspecified capacity.

TBD on Gibbs' role on HC Barry Odom's staff, but per the team's press release, specifics will be announced once he has gone through the HR rigamarole. Gibbs spent the past four years serving as Texas Tech's defensive coordinator, to dubious overall results. He was not retained when Matt Wells took over at head coach for the deposed Kliff Kingsbury at the end of the 2018 regular season. Gibbs has plenty of experience at both the FBS level (Houston, Auburn, Minnesota, Kansas) and the NFL level (Texans, Chiefs, Broncos).
Jan 17 - 2:22 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam will return to school for the 2019 season.

Okwuegbunam (6'5/255) struggled with a shoulder injury during the back half of the 2018 campaign, ultimately finishing out the year having caught 43 passes for 466 yards and six touchdowns over the course of nine games played. The Athletic's Dane Brugler views his decision to return to school as a savvy one, noting on social media that Okwuegbunam might have found himself elbowed out in what's an exceedingly deep class of tight ends had he declared.
Jan 10 - 12:13 PM

Missouri junior RB Damarea Crockett declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Crockett (5'11/225) was a committee back at Missouri, only seeing 147 carries across 11 games as a junior. After two positive seasons as a freshman and sophomore, Crockett took a minor step back in 2018 (6.0 to 4.8 YPC), partially due to an ankle injury. With only 21 receptions in his three-year collegiate career, Crockett will likely be a rotational, "fall forward" runner in the NFL. Like most prospects, Crockett's NFL Combine will dictate where he goes in the NFL Draft, but he's not expected to be in the Day 2 mix in part to fumble concerns.
Jan 7 - 3:10 PM

Missouri redshirt junior WR Johnathon Johnson caught nine passes for 185 yards and one touchdown in Monday's 38-33 bowl loss to Oklahoma State.

Johnson (5'10/180) came up huge in the bowl game to top off an up-and-down redshirt junior season. Playing in Emanuel Hall's shadow, Johnson put up a 59-737-5 receiving line on just under eight targets per game. Draft-eligible and also a candidate for a grad transfer, it's unclear if Johnson will return in 2019 with quarterback Drew Lock off to the NFL. If he does return, Johnson should have similar production as he did this year.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 08:12:00 PM

Missouri sophomore RB Larry Rountree rushed 27 times for 204 yards and one touchdown in Monday's 38-33 bowl loss to Oklahoma State.

Rountree (5'10/210) was excellent in his last sophomore game, and the performance brought his season totals to 1,216 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. That's two quality seasons for Rountree -- he averaged 5.6 yards per carry and score six touchdowns as a freshman -- and he's going to be a player to watch for ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. With potential first-round quarterback Drew Lock off to the NFL, Rountree may struggle to reach this season's production in 2019 with Missouri's offense expected to take a step back.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 08:06:00 PM

Missouri senior QB Drew Lock completed 23-of-38 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns in Monday's 38-33 bowl loss to Oklahoma State.

Lock (6'4/225) put on a show in his final collegiate game, and it shows why some evaluators believe in him as a first-round pick. The Athletic's Dane Brugler compares Lock to Derek Carr because of similarities with their accuracy and underrated mobility. Carr and Lock also share some poor decision making, and it will be on Lock's NFL coaching staff to get that out of him. In his senior season, Lock tossed 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions while averaging 8.0 yards per attempt. Teams like the Denver Broncos will get a chance to watch him up close in the Reese's Senior Bowl next month.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 07:56:00 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore RB Damarea Crockett (ankle) is not going through warm-ups ahead of Monday's contest against Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl.

Crockett missed the last game and a half after suffering an ankle injury on November 17 against Tennessee, and it sounds like the talented tailback is going to miss the bowl game, as well. That makes Larry Rountree the bell-cow for the Tigers against the Cowboys.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 03:11:00 PM

The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers will represent the coaching staffs for the Reese's Senior Bowl.

The 49ers' staff will coach the South team, while the Raiders will be in charge of the North. It will be the fourth time that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is the head coach in this game, while Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers will be making his Senior Bowl debut. The game takes place on January 26 in Mobile, Alabama.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 01:29:00 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam (shoulder) will not play in the upcoming bowl game.

Okwuegbunam (6'5/255) has been sidelined and hasn't practiced, so this isn't surprising news at all. The redshirt sophomore is also still weighing his options about his NFL future, and remains undecided on that front. In 2018, Okwuegbunam caught 43 passes for 466 yards and six touchdowns after catching 11 touchdowns in 2017.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 02:54:00 PM

Missouri offensive coordinator Derek Dooley declined to say if redshirt sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam (shoulder) will play on New Year's Eve.

Okweugbunam (6'5/255) has been sidelined with a shoulder injury for a little over a month now, and the tight end should be considered questionable to play. If playing daily fantasy, make sure to check for news before rostering Okweugbunam, but reports have him on the wrong side of questionable. Another notable nugget in the report is his NFL Draft status. Okweugbunam is still considering heading to the NFL, but no decision has been made either way.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 12:39:00 PM

Missouri junior OL Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms will return for his senior season.

Wallace-Simms (6'5/330) wants to make the All-American list as senior and focus on getting into the best possible shape before heading into the NFL. The junior earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors protecting quarterback Drew Lock. At his size, Wallace-Simms has potential at right tackle or at guard in the big leagues.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 12:26:00 PM

Missouri senior WR Emanuel Hall averaged the most yards per target (14.0) in 2018 among draft-eligible players with at least 50 targets.

Hall (6'3/200) has been a big-play threat for two seasons, but his 2018 season was special despite playing through injuries. The senior ran laps around his teammates -- the next closest Tiger in yards per target was Jalen Knox all the way down at 8.3 (min. 50 targets) -- and is head and shoulders above the rest of the 2019 WR class. Other notable 2019 receivers in yards per target: D.K. Metcalf (13.5), Andy Isabella (11.2), A.J. Brown (10.9), Antoine Wesley (10.7), J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (10.6), and Deebo Samuel (8.7).
Source: NCAA Savant
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 06:54:00 PM

Missouri signed four-star 2019 Connor Bazelak.

Bazelak (6'3/207) is a talented recruit, but this might be an uphill battle to see the field at Missouri, at least for the next two seasons. The Tigers have transfer QBs Kelly Bryant and Shawn Robinson as projected starters for the next two years. Bazelak could serve as their backups until given a chance to start later in his career. Bazelak is ESPN's No. 210 overall recruit in 2019.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 10:35:00 PM

Missouri signed four-star 2019 S Jalani Williams.

Williams (6'2.170) picks the Tigers over schools like Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State, so this is a tremendous get for the Missouri defense. He ranks 21st among all safeties in ESPN's ranks, and was a member of their top 300 recruits. He gets strong reviews for his ability to break on the ball, and his instincts make up for a lack of speed. Don't be surprised if Williams is a playmaker early on for the Tigers.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 02:04:00 PM

TCU sophomore QB Shawn Robinson transferred to Missouri.

Robinson (6'2/228) came into the season with a fair bit of hype -- we were certainly fans of his upside -- but everything fell apart as the campaign progressed. The sophomore struggled to play any kind of consistent ball before a mid-October shoulder surgery knocked him out for the remainder of the year. Robinson finished his 2018 season having thrown for 1,326 yards (60.6-percent completions) with a 9/8 TD/INT ratio across seven games played. He also rushed for 230 yards and a trio of touchdowns. We won't see him again until 2020, as he must sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. With Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant set to start next year, Missouri is outwardly set up pretty well at quarterback for the next few seasons, though your mileage on a multi-year plan consisting of Kelly Bryant and Shawn Robinson is going to vary.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 08:04:00 PM

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