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Missouri redshirt senior S Ian Simon said that a June visit to the Army National Guard showed him "different ways to be a good leader."

"Our military is some of the best leaders in the world. They train people to go in and defend our country on a day-to-day basis, so who better to learn from about leadership than them," said Simon. The team organized a trip to visit the Army National Guard at Camp Clark in June. The 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt senior is one of the veteran constants on a defense that's propelled multiple players to the NFL over the last few seasons. Summed up Simon, "Leading is not just about being the rah-rah guy who takes charge. Being a leader is about serving others and being the best teammate you can be."
Sep 2 - 4:13 PM

Missouri HC Gary Pinkel said that true freshman QB Drew Lock "handled himself well and handled pressure well."

Lock is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on Missouri's depth chart. While the coaches liked the poise he showed this August--enough to place the 6-foot-4 true freshman an injury away from the starting lineup--Pinkel strongly reiterated that incumbent starter Maty Mauk's job is not in jeopardy. A week ago, quarterbacks coach Andy Hill said that Lock is "a guy that could be playing if you want him to."
Aug 31 - 7:18 PM

Missouri senior CB Kenya Dennis has a "well-built frame and aggressive playing style that lends itself well to safety," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"He shows good route awareness and when he can, peeks back toward the quarterback, breaking quickly on underneath routes. Dennis' best attribute may be his tenacity in fighting through blocks and tackling ball-carriers," Rang wrote. The Hinds Community College transfer recorded 61 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for loss in his first year starting for the Tigers. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Dennis proved to be one of "SEC's better all-around defensive backs," according to Rang.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 3:32 PM

Missouri redshirt senior ILB Kentrell Brothers "is a classic inside linebacker prospect for the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The draft analyst notes that Brothers shows "the toughness to take on blockers in the hole and an explosive pop to knock the ball free as a hitter," but "isn't particularly quick, showing just average burst to slip through gaps for splashy tackles for loss and or even when running outside to keep backs from getting the corner." Missouri's tackling machine, led the Tigers with 122 tackles in 2014, earning AP All-SEC Second Team honors. Brothers enters the 2015 season as the SEC’s top returning tackler from a year ago.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 3:02 PM

Missouri junior C Evan Boehm "sports the powerful, thick frame well-suited to winning battles at the line of scrimmage," CBS Sports Rob Rang observes.

"Frankly, he looks like a Coke machine with arms, legs and helmet. The vast majority of the snaps he makes in this scheme are shotgun but there is little finesse to Boehm's game as he routinely drives opponents off the ball with impressive upper body strength and leg drive," Rang writes. The Missouri prospect enters the 2015 season with 40 starts to his resume. Boehm, has been a starter since day one, starting 12 games as a true freshman at left guard. The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder took over the center position as a sophomore and hasn't looked back since. The veteran center is the anchor of the Tigers offensive line.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 2:23 PM

Missouri redshirt junior QB Maty Mauk was named to the All-SEC Coaches Second Team.

The SEC is rife with quarterback turnover this season, but Mizzou does not have that problem as they look to finally--finally--try to vanquish past demons and win an SEC title. Mauk completed 53.4% of his passes last season, good for 2,648 yards and a 25/13 TD/INT ratio. Much of that production came in the first half of the season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt junior offers them a level of stability, if nothing else, but it's difficult to see Missouri making a legitimate playoff run given Mauk's inconsistency and the tremendous turnover on defense.
Aug 25 - 3:35 PM

Missouri true freshman QB Drew Lock has gone 29-of-39 for 307 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in two scrimmages.

Lock has been awesome through two scrimmages. On Thursday, he went 15-of-20 for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Said quarterbacks coach Andy Hill, "He’s ready to go. He’s a guy that could be playing if you want him to." Incumbent starter Maty Mauk's job isn't in jeopardy, but the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Lock is a highly-touted pro-style quarterback who looks ready to succeed if there's an injury.
Aug 20 - 8:25 PM

Sophomore JUCO transfer CB Anthony Hines will suit up for the Missouri Tigers this season.

The Tigers officially added Hines on Tuesday. He's transferring very, very late in the process, but will be eligible to play in the upcoming season. When he's healthy, that is. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is expected to miss the next two-to-three weeks with a left foot injury. While playing for the College of San Mateo last season, he recorded 22.5 tackles, eight pass breakups, three interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries. Rivals rated him as a three-star prospect out of high school.
Aug 18 - 6:22 PM

Missouri redshirt freshman LB Roderick Winters will miss at least three months due to a Lisfranc injury.

Winters underwent surgery on Friday. He was listed as the No. 3 weakside linebacker on earlier depth charts. Winters will need to win with his speed upon his return.
Aug 18 - 11:28 AM

Missouri junior C Evan Boehm "could contend for the top center spot next April," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He’s a complete center that’s been very productive on the college level," Pauline wrote. The analyst grades Boehm as a preseason Rds. 3-4 prospect. Boehm has already started 40 games.
Aug 15 - 11:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Missouri junior DT Harold Brantley "flashes big time ability on the inside at defensive tackle."

"He’s explosive as well as athletic and can be very tough to handle," Pauline wrote. The analyst pegs Brantley as a Rd. 3 prospect, but it appears the grade was disseminated before the news of Brantley's season-ending injuries incurred in a July car accident.
Aug 15 - 9:28 PM

Missouri coaches were impressed by sophomore OL Nate Crawford as he battles for the right tackle spot.

Crawford is the current front-runner for the starting gig at right tackle, though he's facing competition from Clay Rhodes. Offensive line coach A.J. Ricker has certainly been impressed by the 6-foot-5, 290-pound sophomore. "The one thing I love about Nate is he stays hungry 24-7. He eats everything up. He goes above and beyond film study. He wants to be great. I’m not saying other guys aren’t like that, but it’s super important to the kid."
Aug 12 - 7:28 PM

Missouri redshirt senior OL Connor McGovern can perform 40 reps on the bench at 225 pounds.

And that's only the beginning. McGovern (6-foot-4, 305 pounds) has squatted 690 pounds for five reps, squats a max of 750, hang cleans more than 400, vertical-jumped 34 inches and has been timed in the 40 at 4.9. Despite weighing 305 pounds, McGovern can do 18 pull-ups. A son of a North Dakotan bodybuilder, McGovern once tore a pec while trying to bench 515. He's a beast.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 11 - 10:06 PM

Former 49ers DL Justin Smith has joined Missouri as an assistant strength coach.

Smith is a former No. 4 overall pick out of Missouri in 2011, and head coach Gary Pinkel hinted at a possible move a few months back. Smith was known as one of the strongest defensive linemen in the NFL, holding up multiple blockers while other defenders run free.
Aug 7 - 9:33 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter says Missouri redshirt senior ILB Kentrell Brothers will best fit a 3-4 scheme in the NFL.

"Though undersized for an inside 'backer at 6-1, 235 pounds, Brothers recognizes plays quickly, works his way through traffic and flows down the line very effectively as a run-stopper in the middle," Reuter wrote. Brothers, who led the Tigers with 122 total tackles in 2014, should be the first Mizzou LB picked since Zaviar Gooden in 2013. "He lacks great hip fluidity and the explosiveness to cut off running backs in the backfield or before they reach the sideline, but teams utilizing a base 3-4 should find him a good fit inside in the middle rounds as a possible starter," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 8:40 PM


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