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  The Missouri Tigers made it a clear priority to get wide receiver Luther Burden III more involved in the team's final tuneup before entering SEC play, and the move paid immediate dividends in Saturday's 34-17 victory over Abilene Christian. After the Tigers' defense forced a three-and-out on the Wildcats' opening drive of the game, Burden received the ensuing punt on a bounce along the left sideline at his own 22-yard line, then followed his blockers across the field before racing down the right stripe for a 78-yard score. That was exactly the spark the Tigers (2-1) were hoping for from Burden, according to quarterback Brady Cook. "That's huge when you open up the game with that," Cook said. "It just gives us a layer of confidence going out for that first drive, so it was huge." The Tigers struggled finding ways to get Burden the ball a week ago in a 40-12 loss at Kansas State when he finished with just two touches for 9 yards.

Coach Eliah Drinkwitz on Saturday inserted the freshman in as a punt returner and wildcat quarterback as a means of getting Burden more touches. Late in the first quarter, Burden returned a punt 22 yards before a hard tackle from Wildcats punter Logan Burke, who grabbed Burden by the shoulder pads in pulling him toward the sideline. There was no foul on the play after officials picked up a flag for a facemask penalty, but Burden left for the locker room after an examination on the sideline. He returned in the second quarter showing no ill effects, however, finishing the contest with 177 all-purpose yards. - Ball State/AP College Football


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  Heralded recruit Luther Burden III reached the end zone twice in his debut, Missouri's new-look defense showed progress against Louisiana Tech, and the Tigers rolled to a 52-24 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday night at Faurot Field. Joseph Charleston returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown, and Brady Cook, who won the starting job early in fall camp for Missouri, threw for 196 yards with an interception and a touchdown run. Cody Schrader, Nathaniel Peat and BJ Harris also had touchdown runs for the Tigers.

Yet it was Burden, the five-star prospect from St. Louis, who delivered on the hype. He caught a swing pass from Cook before making one defender miss and splitting two more for his first score, then he took a direct snap and ran for another. Burden's only real gaffe came on a sharp throw that bounced off his hands for an interception. Louisiana Tech's Matthew Downing threw for 184 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in new coach Sonny Cumbie's version of the Air Raid offense. Downing didn't get much help from the Bulldogs' ground game, though, which ran 22 times for 11 yards against what was one of the worst rush defenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision last season. - Missouri/AP College Football


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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: DB - Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri,...A third-team honoree, Kris Abrams-Draine has played in 18 career games, including 10 starts at defensive back in 2021. A year ago, he led the team in passes broken up with seven and hauled in three interceptions. He also had a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown against Tennessee. - Missouri Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: OL - Javon Foster, Missouri,...In 2021, Foster was a key member of the offensive line that blocked for running back Tyler Badie, who led the SEC in rushing attempts (268), yards (1,604), touchdowns (18) and yards per game (133.7). - Missouri Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: PK - Harrison Mevis, Missouri,...Also a two-time Lou Groza Award finalist, Mevis enters his third season as arguably the nation's top kicker. His 19 field goals from at least 30 yards last year are the most by a returning kicker, as are the 14 of those that came from at least 40 yards out. His 88.9% career accuracy rate is the best by an active kicker with at least 40 career attempts. - Missouri Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Barrett Banister, University of Missouri,...A former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the 2019 season, he is a four-time member of the SEC Honor Roll and was a 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. Banister has played in 44 career games with 93 receptions and 812 yards. His volunteer experience includes Playing 4 Hope (visits with kids in the hospital due to disability, illness or disease), Angel Tree Secret Santa (holiday shopping for families in need) and Night of Champions (kids camp at Mizzou's Faurot Field). - Missouri Football

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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Barrett Banister, Missouri, Sr., WR,...A Spring 2021 cum laude graduate, Banister is a 2022 AFCA Good Works Team nominee and was a 2021 Burlsworth Trophy nominee. A former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the 2019 season, he is a four-time member of the SEC Honor Roll and was a 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. - Missouri Football

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  The Tiger linebacker core took a hit during the second camp scrimmage, when Chuck Hicks injured his torso, Drinkwitz announced. Hicks, who was entering his redshirt junior season, will apply for a medical redshirt. "His mental health is strong and he's pushing through," Drinkwitz said. "He's a coach on the sideline." Carmycah Glass also will miss the 2022 season after having surgery to fix a pre-existing injury. Glass is a freshman linebacker from Louisiana. - Columbia Daily Tribune

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  Midway through fall practice, the Hurricanes lost some cornerback depth. Third-year sophomore cornerback Marcus Clarke said Friday that he has entered the transfer portal, announcing his intention to leave Miami on his Twitter account. In his first season with UM, Clarke played six games, making five tackles with one interception. Clarke, a Winter Park native, was a three-star prospect coming out of college and was rated the No. 55 cornerback in his class, according to the 247Sports composite ranking. - Sun Sentinel

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  Harrison Mevis was one of the top kickers in the SEC last season. He finished the year having made 23 of his 25 field goal tries, including all three attempts from over 50 yards. He earned SEC player of the week twice in 2021, and voters at SEC Media Days gave him third-team All-SEC honors for the 2022 season. For Mevis, it's still not enough. "It doesn't matter what I did the last two years," Mevis said. "It does not matter to me. I'm just as hungry as I was my freshman year. I want to make all the kicks this year; 92% for me is unacceptable. I've got to be 100% this year."

Mevis was ranked as a first-team preseason all-American by Athlon Sports and Lindy's and second-team by Phil Steele. He was ranked as the top kicker in the SEC by a vote of USA Today's beat writers. He said he was pleased with the attention, but generally blocks out talk from outside the program. "I try not to really think about it," Mevis said. "It's nice to be recognized obviously, but if I'm going to be recognized, I want to be an all-American but I want to be an all-American for this team. I want to be there for this team." - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  Brady Cook is the guy. He's the one who will lead Missouri into the 2022 season, where wins need to come and skill players are in line to make it happen. And he's the right choice. Drinkwitz said it on the first day of practice Aug. 1: There is more depth and talent on the Tigers this season. He's not wrong in saying this is the most talented team he's had in his time in Columbia. Drinkwitz must have known this the moment that prized East St. Louis receiver Luther Burden committed to Missouri last October. He then added transfer players at every position on the defensive side of the ball and offensive players like Nate Peat. It's time to take a step forward. Cook is the right guy to do exactly that because he fits what Drinkwitz was looking for. The first thing Drinkwitz said he looked for was preparation.

Cook said on report day for preseason camp that his way of gearing up for the quarterback battle was by watching more film. He wanted to be mentally prepared for the games ahead, especially those on the road. MU has only won two away games under Drinkwitz. That trend has to change. The second thing Drinkwitz sought out of his starting quarterfinal was leadership - someone who could command the Tiger offense. As he said, there aren't bad teams, but rather bad leaders. Cook needed to show that he owned everything about the quarterback position. To show that nine days into camp is impressive. Cook brings the mobility needed to extend plays, and that also translates into how Drinkwitz can scheme for more designed quarterback runs and keep a defense honest. - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  Missouri will start Brady Cook at quarterback when the season begins next month, coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced on Tuesday. The decision comes eight days into preseason camp and roughly three weeks before the team's season opener at home against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 1. A redshirt sophomore, Cook appeared in five games last season after taking over for Connor Bazelak, who transferred to Indiana during the offseason. Cook completed 47 of 59 passes for 350 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 134 yards and a touchdown. Cook beat out redshirt freshman Tyler Macon and former Mississippi State transfer Jack Abraham for the starting job. After opening the season on Thursday night against Louisiana Tech, Missouri will travel to Kansas State on Sept. 10.

As a redshirt freshman last season (2021) Cook participated in five games, earning the start in the Armed Forces Bowl against Army West Point (12/22)...finished the bowl game 27-of-34 for 238 yards and one touchdown...also rushed for a career-high 53 yards and a touchdown in the bowl...perfect 5-of-5 for 29 yards against Southeast Missouri State (9/18), with one touchdown...finished the season 47-of-59 for 350 yards and two scores while rushing for 92 yards and a score. - Missouri Football


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  Center Bence Polgar, a transfer from Buffalo, has been ruled ineligible for the season by the NCAA for a matter related to his time at the Mid-American Conference school, Drinkwitz confirmed after Monday's practice. The school appealed the ruling and was denied, Drinkwitz said. He declined to elaborate further on Polgar's status other than saying he'll be with the team for the season but can't appear in games. Polgar was on the field in uniform for Monday's practice.

Without Polgar this fall, that leaves the competition to three contenders: redshirt freshman Connor Tollison, sophomore Drake Heismeyer and senior Richard Taylor. Whoever wins the job will be replacing two-year starter Michael Maietti, who played nearly every snap the past two seasons. Polgar started 11 games for Buffalo last season. "All three of those guys are very capable," Drinkwitz said. "Knock on wood, today we didn't have any snaps that were that were errant. So that was that was exciting to get through a day of practice and not a bad snap. - Post-Dispatch


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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Isaiah McGuire, Missouri, Senior DE,...McGuire returns for 2022 as a senior with 29 games played, including 13 starts last year, and 77 career tackles. He led the Tigers in sacks with six in 2021 and was second on team in tackles for loss with 14. - Missouri Football

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  Asked to describe the football player Luther Burden III, Missouri receivers coach Jacob Peeler didn't describe Burden playing football. "We were doing a dodgeball tournament one day," Peeler said Sunday. "A team-development thing. Whether it's dodgeball or football, he just likes to compete...I think the one thing that I saw in the spring is just his competitive character." As for a scouting report on Burden's dodgeball acumen, Peeler described what stood out in a word: "Elusiveness."

Camp opens Monday and Burden, a freshman, will leap for passes both at practice and in the daydreams of alums in cubicles across the state. Mizzou has the No. 1 wide receiver in the class of 2022 - and he's from St. Louis, too - and there is this belief that the Tigers surely have college football's next D.K. Metcalf. Doesn't hurt that the Tigers already have Metcalf's collegiate receivers coach in, yep, Peeler (oh, and A.J. Brown's receivers coach, too). Burden was a consensus five-star recruit from East St. Louis High who was Rivals Illinois High School Player of the Yar. As a senior he caught 71 passes for 1,174 yards, 20 touchdowns and returned 21 punts for 852 yards with eight going for scores. - Post Dispatch


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