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  06/20/22 - Tyrone HopperrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-3, 252 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Ty'Ron Hopper transferred to Missouri from Florida this offseason, after being expected to earn a starting spot with the Gators for 2022. He joined his cousin Tyrone Hopper, a defensive lineman for the Tigers who transferred from North Carolina. Hopper made 65 tackles last season for Florida, starting four starts. Ten of the tackles were for loss. The 6'2", 220 pound senior from Shelby, North Carolina also had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble. He will likely take over the middle spot of the Tiger linebacking corps. - Columbia Daily Tribune

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2023 DE Tyrone HopperMissouri
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  06/20/22 - Chad BaileyrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-0, 229 (DS#53 ILB) + More +

  Chad Bailey started eight games last year for the Tigers, earning more time on the field after Jamie Pettway transferred out of the program. Bailey showed an ability to shed blocks, an area where other Missouri players struggled last season. The senior from Missouri City, Texas finished the 2021 campaign with 46 total tackles, 5.5 of them for loss. He also contributed a sack and two fumble recoveries.

Bailey is expected to maintain his starting spot on the weak side. He and Ty'Ron Hopper will be key contributors as the Tigers look to improve their overall defensive performance under new coordinator Blake Baker, formerly Missouri's safeties coach. Bailey sat out the 2022 spring game, along with several other key defensive players. - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#53 ILB) rSr/2023 ILB Chad BaileyMissouri
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  06/17/22 - Kristian WilliamsrJr/2024, Missouri, 6-2, 285 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Missouri has added another Power 5 reinforcement from the NCAA transfer portal, securing a commitment Tuesday from former Oregon defensive tackle Kristian Williams. The 2019 recruit entered the portal in May and visited Mizzou's campus this past weekend. The Memphis native was a three-star prospect in 2019 and held a Mizzou scholarship offer from former coach Barry Odom's staff. He comes to MU with three years of remaining eligibility. He's the 12th FBS transfer to join the team this offseason. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#999 DT) rJr/2024 DT Kristian WilliamsMissouri
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  06/05/22 - Sam HornFr/2026, Missouri, 6-3, 190 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  With Missouri beginning individual skill instruction and with fall camp opening July 31, the time is coming for him to decide on the team's starting quarterback. With four-star freshman Sam Horn in town after completing his high school baseball season, Drinkwitz finally has the pieces in place to make an informed choice. The contenders: Horn and fellow newcomer Jack Abraham, plus Brady Cook and Tyler Macon, who each started games for the Tigers last season in place of 2021's regular starter Connor Bazelak. "I think I've been very clear since the start of spring that I would not name a starter until Sam Horn had the opportunity to compete for that position," Drinkwitz said during a Thursday press conference. "That is ongoing and starting right now." The complicating factor for Horn is the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft.

A two-sport star in high school, who didn't enroll early at MU due to his roundball obligations, Horn will be taken at some point in the July 17-19 draft. Depending on how high he goes and the money involved, Horn may well choose baseball. "I am not naive to the fact that Sam is going to have a difficult decision in front of him in mid-July," Drinkwitz said. "He is an unbelievable baseball player with the ability to get drafted." - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#9 QB) Fr/2026 QB Sam HornMissouri
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  06/02/22 - Brady CookrSo/2025, Missouri, 6-2, 207 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  With last year's primary starter, Connor Bazelak, gone after transferring to Indiana in the offseason, Tiger head coach Eli Drinkwitz will have a choice to make. As it currently stands, Drinkwitz will have five quarterbacks on the roster to choose from. After Bazelak threw for just 65 yards and an interception against Arkansas, Eli Drinkwitz reopened Missouri's quarterback competition. When the Tigers lined up against Army in the Armed Forces Bowl, it was Cook who got the start. Cook performed adequately in the loss, showing off a mobility Bazelak never did. He completed 27 of 34 passes and a touchdown and ran for 53 yards and another score on nine carries.

Despite his best efforts, Missouri lost the game on an Army field goal as time expired. "I thought he played really well. Very calm, collected," Drinkwitz said of Cook after the bowl game. "I thought he had great composure, did a really nice job on that last drive to give us a chance to win the game." Cook came to Missouri from St. Louis, where he attended Chaminade High School. He left high school as a three-star prospect before seeing action in three games as a true freshman in 2020 before playing in five during the 2021 campaign. He finished last season with 345 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air. He rushed for 93 total yards. In Missouri's spring game, he threw for 191 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, completing 16 of 20 passes according to the unofficial stats. - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2025 QB Brady CookMissouri
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  06/01/22 - Jack AbrahamrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Missouri football needed to add a veteran quarterback this offseason, coach Eli Drinkwitz felt. Sifting through the NCAA transfer portal, Drinkwitz and his staff landed former Mississippi State and Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham. "Our quarterback room has two younger guys on it," Drinkwitz said at the SEC spring meetings. "We were looking for somebody with some experience...In our first six games, we have three on the road and three in really difficult environments." When it comes to experience, Abraham has a significant amount across college football.

Abraham didn't play at Mississippi State because he was out all year with a concussion. He received a medical hardship waiver to be immediately eligible for this season. Abraham will be part of a quarterback competition at Missouri ahead of a schedule that will include road trips to Kansas State, Auburn and Florida in about the first month of the 2022 season. "I felt like for the sake of our team, we needed to make sure we have enough firepower in that room, and look forward to seeing all four of those guys really compete," Drinkwitz said. - The Clarion Ledger


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Jack AbrahamMissouri
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  05/24/22 - Jack AbrahamrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Jack Abrahams was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA after the season and entered the transfer portal. After flirtations with Ole Miss and Maryland, he landed in Columbia. "I've seen Jack just stay positive throughout all of it and just keep on believing that good things were going to happen for him and keep working at it," Cutcliffe said. "I think he's got an unbelievable opportunity at Missouri to finish the story of his college career." Still, nothing will come easy for Abraham in Columbia. Even with his years of experience, the 24-year-old remains a walk-on and will have to compete for any playing time he receives.

Abraham has not shied away from the competition and told the Tribune he wants to win the job. According to his former coaches, he will be helped by his experience and accuracy as a passer, plus the ability to anticipate how a play will work. Cutcliffe and Hill said they wouldn't bet against Abraham leading Missouri through the 2022 season. However it goes, they said he will have Oxford behind him. He might even be easier for his hometown to cheer for, now that he's not playing for a hated in-state rival. "He was going to convert a lot of Ole Miss fans to Mississippi State fans if he were to land that job," Hill said. "That really speaks to his character. People want to see him do well because he's just a good young man. "There'll be a lot of Mizzou shirts flying around in Oxford." - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Jack AbrahamMissouri
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  05/22/22 - Kris Abrams-DraineJr/2024, Missouri, 5-11, 177 (DS#47 CB) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: KRIS ABRAMS-DRAINE, DB, Missouri, Jr., 5-11, 178, Mobile, Al.: All-SEC selection as a sophomore; Defended 10 passes with 3 interceptions and had a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD; Played wide receiver as a freshman. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#47 CB) Jr/2024 CB Kris Abrams-DraineMissouri
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  05/20/22 - Jack AbrahamrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Scoping SEC QB transfers: Eleven quarterbacks transferred to 10 SEC schools this offseason, with South Carolina's Spencer Rattler the lone guaranteed starter of the entire group. Here are On3.com ratings. No 5 - Jack Abraham, Missouri (from Mississippi State). Drinkwitz was bound and determined to add another arm to Mizzou's QB room and he did that by grabbing the well-traveled Abraham as a preferred walk-on. It's been a circuitous career for Abraham, who signed with Louisiana Tech in 2016, later transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College, started two seasons at Southern Miss and then sat out last year at Mississippi State due to post-concussion syndrome. Get all that! Abraham led the nation in completion percentage in 2018 (73.1 percent) and threw 41 touchdowns over three years. He also tossed 29 picks and battled multiple injuries. Considering how dogged Drinkwitz was about adding someone to the mix this offseason to compete with Brady Cook and Tyler Macon, Abraham stands a legitimate chance to start in the SEC in the fall. - On3.com

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Jack AbrahamMissouri
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  05/19/22 - Luther Burden IIIFr/2026, Missouri, 5-11, 210 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Freshman receiver Luther Burden III could be an early contributor on both offense and as a return man. The third consensus five-star recruit to sign with the Tigers caught 20 touchdown passes and returned eight punts for scores as a senior at East St. Louis High School. He was rated the 17th-best prospect and No. 2 receiver by 247sports. - AP College Football

(DS#1 WR) Fr/2026 WR Luther Burden IIIMissouri
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  05/17/22 - Jack AbrahamrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Missouri's quarterback competition has a new arm. A much older arm. But a better arm? That answer will reveal itself soon enough. Former Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Mississippi State quarterback Jack Abraham committed to the Tigers on Sunday after visiting the campus over the weekend, he told the Post-Dispatch. He formally announced his transfer plans Monday on social media. Abraham, Southern Miss' starter from 2018-20, will initially join Mizzou as a walk-on with a chance to earn a scholarship for the 2022 season, his seventh season in college football. "Whether or not (a scholarship) works out, that's not what I'm coming for," Abraham said. "I'm coming for the opportunity to compete and play at the next level. So that's the opportunity I was given. I think it's the best decision that I've made up to this point. I'm fired up."

A Missouri staff that struck out three times with established transfer quarterbacks this offseason delivered a simple message to Abraham: "They're looking for a guy to come in with experience," he said. There's no doubt he delivers experience. Abraham attempted 859 career passes over three seasons at Southern Miss (2018-20), compared to 82 career passes for Mizzou's two returning quarterbacks, Brady Cook and Tyler Macon. - Post-Dispatch


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Jack AbrahamMissouri
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  05/16/22 - Jack AbrahamrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Mississippi State quarterback Jack Abraham has a new home. The former Southern Miss signee announced on Monday that he is headed to Missouri. Abraham will be a walk-on with an opportunity to earn a scholarship after making the second move of his career, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Dave Matter. Abraham transferred to Mississippi State this season after three years at Southern Miss. He didn't play a game after suffering a concussion and facial laceration during a "freak accident" in 2021. During his three years at Southern Miss, Abraham completed 69.3% of his passes for 7,067 yards and 41 yards. Now, he's transferring for the second time in his career. He arrived at Southern Miss as a three-star recruit and the No. 29 recruit in the state of Mississippi. Mississippi State returns Will Rogers, one of the nation's top passers, for the 2022 season. Meanwhile, the Missouri quarterback room has more question marks, opening the door for potential playing time for Abraham. - On3.com

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Jack AbrahamMissouri
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  05/16/22 - Josh LandryrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-1, 285 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Former Baylor defensive lineman Josh Landry made the announcement on his Twitter page that he'll be transferring to the Missouri Tigers. Last year, the Houston, Texas native tallied five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and one sack for the Bears. He suited up in 10 games during the 2021-2022 season. During his sophomore season with Baylor, Landry started four out of seven games during the 2020 season. He racked up 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and a blocked kick in his sophomore campaign. In high school, he suited up for Lamar High School (Houston, Texas). As a senior, he guided the team to a 9-2 overall record and racked up 46 tackles and 5.5 sacks during the 2017 season. According to the On3 Consensus Rankings for the 2018 class, he was rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 29 edge defender in America. - Josh Landry Twitter and On3

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2023 DT Josh LandryMissouri
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  05/15/22 - Jack AbrahamrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Eli Drinkwitz's great quarterback chase of 2022 continues with a new target. Former Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Mississippi State QB Jack Abraham is traveling to Columbia on Friday for a weekend visit, his father, Michael Abraham, told the Post-Dispatch. Abraham, who turns 25 in October, has embarked on a long college journey. The Oxford, Mississippi native committed to Tulane in high school but signed with Louisiana Tech in 2016 after the Tulane staff was fired. He redshirted at Louisiana Tech, then left for Northwest Mississippi Community College for the 2017 season, where he threw for more than 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns. From there he became a three-year starter at Southern Miss from 2018-20, throwing for more than 7,000 yards, 41 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He led the nation in completion percentage in 2018 at 73.1% and for his three-year run completed 69.3% with a passer rating of 147.4. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Jack AbrahamMissouri
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  05/07/22 - DJ ColemanrSr/2023, Missouri, 6-6, 245 (DS#71 DE) + More +

  Missouri has landed a reinforcement along the defensive line. D.J. Coleman, an FCS All-American at Jacksonville State, committed to Mizzou on Thursday and plans to spend his final year of eligibility in Columbia this fall. He announced his commitment on social media. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Atlanta native ranked second among all FCS players with nine sacks during the 2021 spring season. Last fall, he had three sacks among his 55 tackles. He's twice earned FCS All-American honors. Coleman visited Miami last month. Mizzou returns two All-SEC candidates at defensive end in Isaiah McGuire and Trajan Jeffcoat but could use some depth behind the two returning starters. MU added North Carolina transfer Tyrone Hopper in the offseason and also returns sophomore Johnny Walker Jr. and redshirt freshman Travion Ford and Arden Walker. - Post-Dispatch

(DS#71 DE) rSr/2023 DE DJ ColemanMissouri
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