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Missouri junior WR Nate Brown underwent ankle surgery.

Brown was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain earlier this week, with the expectation being that he would miss up to two months as he recovered from the injury. However, a silver lining -- Brown's surgery might actually speed up that lengthy timetable. Just when the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder is able to return to the Tigers in full, healthy form remains to be seen. He hauled in 27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns last season.
Aug 20 - 5:51 PM

Missouri junior WR Nate Brown will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a high left ankle sprain.

"Nate was doing a great job. He had a really good scrimmage Saturday and was doing great consistently in practice. It’s disappointing, because he was such a great kid," said WR coach Andy Hill. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder caught 27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns while playing for an offensively-challenged Tigers team. HC Barry Odom said that he expects Brown to be able to return at some point during the season, but wouldn't ballpark an actual date. That should come as Brown moves further along in his recovery.
Aug 19 - 3:43 PM

Missouri dismissed redshirt sophomore RB Trevon Walters due to a violation of team rules.

Walters was arrested on Friday after he was accused of stealing a debit card and using it fraudulently. Missouri initially issued an indefinite suspension to the 5-foot-10, 192-pounder, but that was short-lived and replaced by an outright dismissal just three days later. He has yet to play collegiate ball, having redshirted in 2014 before a torn ACL forced him to miss the entire 2015 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 3:05 PM

Missouri suspended redshirt sophomore RB Trevon Walters following his arrest on Friday.

Columbia police arrested Walters on suspicion of stealing a debit card. He has also been charged with two counts of fraudulent use of a stolen credit device. The arrest ties back to an alleged incident in mid-July, when a man reported to police that his residence had been burglarized. Surveillance video from a business where the card had been used subsequently led authorities to Walters. He has yet to see the field with the Tigers. After taking a redshirt as a freshman in 2014, he tore his ACL and missed the entirety of the 2015 campaign.
Aug 13 - 1:32 PM

Missouri hired San Diego State AD Jim Sterk to serve in the same capacity.

Sterk has been overseeing the athletic program at San Diego State since 2010. He will be formally introduced with the Tigers on Thursday. In a statement, interim chancellor Hank Foley said, "Jim’s leadership in intercollegiate athletics is unparalleled, and we are thrilled he is going to bring his talents, energy and passion for working with student-athletes to Columbia. He is just what Mizzou needs at this time." That the Tigers were in the position to hire Sterk at all is due to the fact that former AD Mack Rhoades fled for Baylor in mid-July.
Aug 10 - 1:05 PM

An anonymous SEC coach told Athlon that Missouri sophomore QB Drew Lock may improve in Josh Heupel's offensive scheme.

"Drew Lock is very talented physically and he’s got some game experience, so if he meshes well with Josh Heupel and the new system he’s got a chance to have a good year," he said. A different coach also expressed optimism about Missouri's offense. "I think offensively they struggled last year because they weren’t real sure whose team it was at quarterback and maybe both of them were afraid to take charge, so it’ll probably help them now that they can focus on one guy," he said. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Lock, an elite recruit, threw for 1,303 yards with a 4/8 TD/INT ratio last year.
Aug 6 - 12:03 PM

Missouri sophomore DE Walter Brady has been dismissed for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Brady made an instant impact during his first year in 2015, registering seven sacks while playing with future NFL contributor Charles Harris. Missouri has been able to reload at the edge rushing spot over the years, with Shane Ray, Markus Golden and a few other names. The excitement surrounding the Tigers had Brady as one of those next names, but it will not happen this year. Junior Marcell Frazier likely enters the starting lineup.
Aug 4 - 8:46 AM

Missouri dismissed redshirt junior DL Harold Brantley for failing to meet academic expectations.

During his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, Brantley was one of the more promising young defensive tackles in the country. However, a car crash in June of 2015 resulted in severe injuries and he was sidelined for all of last season. Per beat reporter Tod Palmer, those injuries included a "broken left tibia, ligament damage in his left knee, several broken ribs and a cracked shoulder blade." Teammates and coaches were optimistic this spring about Brantley's return, and defensive end Charles Harris cited Brantley as a reason why he returned to Missouri for the 2016 season.
Aug 4 - 8:20 AM

Missouri AD Mack Rhoades will accept the same position at Baylor.

Neither Missouri nor Baylor has confirmed this move yet, but a knowledgeable enough source broke the information at SEC Media Days -- that would be Mizzou HC Barry Odom, who said that he spoke with Rhoades at length about the decision on Tuesday night. He will be taking over for former AD Ian McCaw, who stepped down at the end of May in the midst of Baylor's assault scandal. Rhoades initially came over to Missouri from Houston last offseason. He was the one who oversaw the hiring of Cougars HC Tom Herman, who should certainly earn some buzz as a potential permanent coaching option for the Bears.
Jul 13 - 3:33 PM

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


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