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Missouri offense wakes up to lead Tigers past Aggies

 By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

The chances of Missouri winning the Southeastern Conference’s East Division for the second straight year were in jeopardy midway through the Tigers’ showdown against Texas A&M in College Station.

Despite outplaying the Aggies in terms of total yards and time of possession, Missouri found itself trailing 13-7 at halftime. SEC East foe Georgia, meanwhile, led Auburn by a comfortable margin. If both results held, the Tigers would surrender first place in their division and cede the East crown to the Bulldogs.

In a season full of surprises, the third quarter saw yet another twist: Finally, Missouri’s offense woke up. Read more of this post


Missouri travels south to take on Texas A&M Aggies

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team heads south this weekend to take on Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The Tigers (7-2, 4-1) are looking to remain in the driver’s seat of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division with a win. Both teams are trending upward. Missouri has rattled off three straight victories since getting blanked by Georgia 34-0 at home. Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3) has won two straight games — including a wild 41-38 victory over Auburn last weekend — since getting throttled by Alabama 59-0 on Oct. 18. Here are four things to watch for when the Tigers and Aggies kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday: Read more of this post

Missouri Football Media Day Notes

Missouri offense tries to rebound, White expected to play, Steward still out, Defense prepares for two Florida quarterbacks

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — Maty Mauk and his receivers were awake into the wee hours of the morning Monday following a 34-0 drubbing against Georgia on Saturday.

Still smarting from what senior wideout Bud Sasser called a “pathetic” performance, the sophomore and his pass Read more of this post

Media Day Notes: Timing is everything, containing Gurley and early kickoffs

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Good time for a bye:

Missouri (4-1) went into the bye week with momentum after picking up a much-needed 21-20 win over South Carolina.

“The bye was at a very good time,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “We played five games, had a bye and play four more (before Missouri’s next bye). In this league, I think that’s a great setup. I think you would probably take that every year.”

The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Missouri players. Senior receivers Darius White and Jimmie Hunt were not able to play against South Carolina because of injuries. White was out with a torn groin muscle and Hunt was out with a burst bursa sac in his knee.

“I’m not trying to rush anything,” White said. “I’m just trying to get back (to being) healthy. Get back out there to help the team. But I really feel like I’ll be out there this weekend.”

Hunt expects to be back this weekend as well. He was hoping to play against South Carolina, but Read more of this post

Tigers’ starting lineup gets a shakeup following home loss

Darius White, left, strikes a pose after scoring a touchdown.

Darius White, left, strikes a pose after scoring a touchdown.

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

The Missouri football team will feature a number of fresh faces in its starting lineup as Southeastern Conference play begins for the Tigers Saturday at South Carolina.

loss to a lackluster opponent — such as the one Missouri (3-1) suffered at home against Indiana this past Saturday — can have that effect. Five players in all will make their first starts of the year against the Gamecocks (3-1). Some of the Read more of this post

Mauk leads No. 24 Missouri over Toledo 49-24 

By The Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio — Maty Mauk was sharp for most of the day — and when he did make a big mistake in the first half, receiver Bud Sasser was there to bail him out.

Sasser hustled back and forced a fumble after Mauk threw an interception in the first quarter, and No. 24 Missouri had a fairly easy time after that in a 49-24 victory over Toledo on Saturday. Sasser also caught a touchdown pass in the Read more of this post

Missouri relies on big plays from wide receivers in 38-18 win

Maty Mauk passes for three touchdowns

Story by Brandon Kiley
Photos by Christian Clark and Karen Mitchell

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COLUMBIA– The last time Missouri took the football field was for the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State in early January. The Tigers exploded for 24 points in the fourth quarter of that game, finishing the 2013 season with a 12-2 record and as the Cotton Bowl champions.

Missouri picked up the 2014 season where it left off in 2013. Missouri redshirt sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk connected with senior wide receiver Darius White on the second play from scrimmage for a 44-yard touchdown, giving Read more of this post

Pinkel, players have faith in Mauk to lead No. 24 Mizzou

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri vs. Florida football, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Maty Mauk (7) will lead the Missouri Tigers at quarterback in the season opener Saturday. Photo by Karen Mitchell

For just the fifth time since 2003, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will have a new starting quarterback under center to start a season.

Redshirt sophomore Maty Mauk earned the role after going 3-1 in place of injured starter James Franklin last year. The Kenton, Ohio, native completed 51 percent of his passes for 1,0171 yards and 11 touchdowns in the Tigers’ 12-2 campaign.

This year, Mauk will attempt to navigate an entire season as No. 24 Missouri’s starter, a task that begins Saturday against South Dakota State at Faurot Field.

“He’s a very natural leader,” “He’s a very non-threatening leader, you know,” Pinkel said, adding that Mauk is a natural Read more of this post

Mizzou QB Mauk set to become full-time starter 

By The Associated Press

Missouri vs. Florida football, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Maty Mauk has earned the starting quarterback position for Missouri.

Growing up in Kenton, Ohio, Maty Mauk didn’t know much about Missouri. But he got an offer to play quarterback for the Tigers, and decided to visit them during the Fourth of July weekend in 2011.

Five hundred miles later, he knew where he wanted to attend college.

“When I came on that first visit, it was a lot different than the other ones,” Mauk said Monday. “Here I knew it was Read more of this post

Plenty of depth at receiver for Missouri, skills might be in question

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

As we get ready for Mizzou’s 2012 football season, there will be some things we know. James Franklin is a good quarterback in any league. And regardless of who is on the other side of the ball, Elvis Fisher can block.

But in other positions, we’re less certain, and one of them is wide receiver. There is a difference between Big 12 defenses and SEC defenses and in the secondary is one of the places you find the biggest gap. Several of the teams Mizzou will play this year have corners and safeties that are above and beyond any they’ve faced in the past. Missouri’s wide receivers will be under pressure to step up and perform.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of depth, from experienced stars to the best high school football player in the nation.

Let’s start with the old hands returning…

T.J. Moe: A true team leader, I have a feeling the whole discussion about whether or not MU’s receivers can make the grade in the SEC will not be appreciated by Moe and that he’ll show up Thursday with a snootful of determination. It’s his last year in black and gold, and the all-Big 12 wideout will continue to play with maximum effort. He isn’t a blazer but makes catches and makes things happen after the catch.

Marcus Lucas (85) during the first half of the spring game on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Marcus Lucas: Showed up big time in the Black and Gold scrimmage, and has speed to become a big play target. His size will be a big asset against the SEC d-backs.

L’Damian Washington: Speaking of size, the 6-foot-four-inch Washington led the team with more than 18 yards per catch last year and has the speed to compete against the quicker defenses in the Deep South.

Gahn McGaffie: Named the most improved WR in spring drills, McGaffie is flexible enough to play any of the receiver positions, which is helpful. Also contributes on special teams, as any Tiger fan can tell you. His touchdown on the opening kickoff of the 2010 Homecoming game against Oklahoma remains an all-time great moment in Tiger football history.

Bud Sasser: A big, strong guy who can play tight end or the Z-receiver position. Lot of potential and has all the tools with good hands, size, speed, runs a good route. Just needs to get out there and perform.

Jimmie Hunt: Another sophomore like Sasser, has huge potential. Led team with 110 yards receiving in the Black and Gold game.

The team has more depth, with guys like Rolando Woodland and Jaleel Clark providing even more bench strength. If they want to contribute more than occasionally, they need to step it up now because the Tigers added some new names to the mix in the offseason, including the guy who is known statewide by his initials even before he ever set foot on a college field, DGB.

Dorial Green-Beckham:  The nation’s No. 1 recruit has superstar written all over him and could well play a part in Missouri moving up to the next level nationally in the sport. The only question is how soon will the potential be realized, but I have a suspicion that when things start on Sept. 1 Gary Pinkel will not be able to say no to the temptation of putting DGB on the field as a starter. He’s huge (6 feet 6 inches) and has every tool you could want as far as ability, hands, he goes and gets the ball and makes plays with his feet, too. As a coach’s son, he gets the game and we hear he brings in a fine attitude. The sky is the limit.

Darius White:  Because of the recruitment of Green-Beckham there’s been little said of White, who will sit out the 2012 season and play as a junior in 2013. But he’s another guy with enormous potential, and was the No. 3 wide receiver recruit in the nation coming out of high school. The high school All-American played two seasons at Texas before deciding to transfer to Missouri. While he didn’t do a lot in the burnt orange, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for young receivers to get on the field, either. I have a feeling that a set of White with Green-Beckham and Lucas could be the best receiver corps in the SEC next season, which might well make it the nation’s best. Add in tight end Eric Waters, and quarterback Franklin will have an embarrassment of riches to throw to this year.

Tomorrow: Indications are that Henry Josey’s knee injury will keep last year’s surprise superstar off the field in 2012. But there are still some very good running backs, including a pair of seniors.