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  10/10/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz called running back Tyler Badie the "least-talked-about great player in the country." Badie turned in another under-the-radar classic Saturday, rushing for a career-high 217 yards and scoring three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 48-35 victory over North Texas. "That sucker is gritty," Drinkwitz said. Badie averaged 12.8 yards per carry and had four runs of at least 30 yards. Late in the third quarter, North Texas defensive back DeShawn Gaddie stood up Badie and had him in a headlock before he somehow slipped free and ran for 42 yards. Even Badie struggled to explain that one. "I closed my eyes, and I wasn't down, so I just kept running," he said. Missouri (3-3) opened a 31-7 halftime lead, but North Texas (1-4) started hitting big pass plays to keep the score competitive.

Austin Aune completed 16 of 26 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns. The Mean Green outgained the Tigers 493-474 but couldn't overcome three turnovers, including a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo. "We played hard and fought for each other, which is something we can build on," North Texas coach Seth Littrell said. "We played with emotion, but eventually we have to get out of our own way. We are taking turns making errors." Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak completed 21 of 32 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard scoring pass to JJ Hester. Dawson Downing put the game away in the final four minutes with a 60-yard touchdown run. By that point, Badie was relaxing on the sideline, getting a well-earned break. He had a low profile entering the season because he backed up workhorse Larry Rountree the past three years. With Rountree moving on to the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers this year, Badie is getting his chance to shine. - Missouri/AP College Football


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  09/18/21 - Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Connor Bazelak squeezed a full day of production into one half Saturday as he led Missouri to a 59-28 victory over Southeast Missouri. Bazelak completed 21 of 30 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers (2-1). He spread the ball to 10 receivers and connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass to D'onte Smith and a 52-yard TD pass to Chance Luper. Missouri running back Tyler Badie entered the game as the national leader in yards from scrimmage with 392.

He played sparingly Saturday against an overmatched FCS opponent, but he made the most of his limited chances, rushing nine times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and catching two passes for 14 yards and another score. Missouri built a 38-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Brady Cook and Tyler Macon played quarterback for the Tigers. On his first career pass attempt, Macon connected with JJ Hester down the middle on a 65-yard touchdown. Quarterback CJ Ogbonna carried 12 times for 96 yards for SEMO (0-3). Shamenski Rucker scored two rushing touchdowns for the Redhawks. - Missouri Football/AP College Football


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  08/30/21 - Akayleb EvansrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 198 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  Before transferring from Tulsa, the rangy 6-foot-2 cornerback had conversations with his family about turning pro but wanted to use his final year to compete against the best. He played in nine games last year and recorded 29 tackles, a forced fumble and three passes defended. "I knew I had three options: go to the NFL, go back to Tulsa and stay there for my last year, or transfer," he said. "I decided to come back just so I can grow as a person and grow into the young man that I know I will be and just develop as a player a little bit more." - Post-Dispatch

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  08/30/21 - Trajan JeffcoatrJr/2023, Missouri, 6-3, 276 (DS#4 DE) + More +

  Earlier this summer, former Tigers great Markus Golden anointed Jeffcoat the next star along Mizzou's once-vaunted D-line. "He's up next," the Arizona Cardinal tweeted. Now, Jeffcoat gets to fulfill the endorsement. He was MU's most productive edge rusher last year, finishing among SEC leaders with six sacks. In Wilks' new four-man front, Jeffcoat will be in his natural element with his hand on the ground and could become Mizzou's first player with double-digit sacks since Shane Ray and Golden eclipsed the mark in 2014. - Post-Dispatch

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  08/29/21 - Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Just about every Missouri football player has answered an interview question about Connor Bazelak over the past few months. That's par for the course of being the starting quarterback for a Southeastern Conference program on the rise, especially for a player whose personality differs from the head coach responsible for putting Bazelak in that dignified position. Eli Drinkwitz's role in Bazelak's elevation from ACL surgery a little less than 20 months ago to one of the league's top passers will be on display from play No. 1 against Central Michigan in the Tigers' season opener Sept. 4.

Drinkwitz is the bombastic savant who jokes "Twitter isn't real" at press conferences. Bazelak isn't nearly as outspoken publicly, but his methodical strategy is effective. "Just a guy who is in total control," Missouri wide receiver Keke Chism said of Bazelak. "He's already a great leader, being so young. Just for him, it was all about taking that next step, and I feel like he's done that within this offense. He's learned so much in so little time to where he has total control of this offense. "And we're 100% behind him. You look at a guy that's going to be able to go to the line of scrimmage and dissect defenses and be able to make changes on the fly to put us in the right situations to be successful. So having a quarterback like that ultimately gives you a step ahead of your competition." - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  08/27/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Tyler Badie's never had to be the dominating presence in Missouri's running back room before now. In his three-plus years in Columbia, there's always been a more experienced and older tailback in one of the seats next to him such as Larry Rountree and Damarea Crockett. Badie might not be the eldest among the running backs in 2021, with Dawson Downing entering his sixth season of college football, but he's expected to be the Tigers' primary running back for the first time. "I feel like titles are kind of overemphasized," Badie said. "I don't want to feel like I'm the guy. I just want to be a helpful person to the team. I feel like roles and titles get thrown around way too much and I feel like it's more of a team effort that helps the whole team win. That's the biggest thing for us." It's hard to ignore Badie's potential, however. In 2019, he was the first running back to lead the Tigers in pass receptions in a season since Brock Olivo accomplished the feat in 1995. Last season, Badie wasn't far off from headlining that category again with 28 catches, seven behind leader Keke Chism. He tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (2) alongside Tauskie Dove and Niko Hea. - Columbia Daily Tribune

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  08/23/21 - Trajan JeffcoatrJr/2023, Missouri, 6-3, 276 (DS#4 DE) + More +

  With a sudden and brief news release, Trajan Jeffcoat's college career nearly vanished two years ago. The Missouri defensive end, then a sophomore, was recovering from an elbow injury when just minutes before Mizzou's Oct. 5 kickoff against Troy, the school released a 36-word statement that ended Jeffcoat's season before it got started - and, it appeared, his Mizzou career. "Trajan Jeffcoat is not presently enrolled at Mizzou and will not be with the football team for the remainder of the season. In consideration of student privacy rights, we will not comment further on this matter." Jeffcoat, Tigers coach Barry Odom and school officials declined to discuss the matter. Sources later indicated his dismissal was a university decision and didn't come directly from the football program.

Skip forward nearly a year, and under a new coaching staff in a new season, Jeffcoat was the surprise addition of 2020. He re-enrolled at Mizzou last fall, rejoined the team under first-year coach Eli Drinkwitz and after missing more than a year of action, emerged as one of the Southeastern Conference's best pass rushers, earning first-team AP All-SEC honors. All of which begs the question: What can he do for an encore? "The sky is the limit," defensive line coach Jethro Franklin said. "We just need to get him going, to get him using that elbow and get him striking and shedding and running to the ball and playing with great effort and all that good stuff and then let the chips fall where they may. "He has the right attitude. He has the right mindset. He wants to do things right. As long as he brings those things to the party we're going to have a good time." - Post-Dispatch


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  08/22/21 - Akayleb EvansrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 198 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  Slowly but surely, a trio of former Tulsa players and coaches found their new homes at Missouri. First it was secondary coach Aaron Fletcher, who came to Columbia the same week spring camp started this year. Then, through the transfer portal, two of Fletchers' former pupils reunited with him. Akayleb Evans committed to the Tigers in June, followed soon after by Allie Green. "They'll definitely be a tremendous help," Fletcher said. "... They're happy to be here. Coach (Eli) Drinkwitz has done a wonderful job with them. The team has done a wonderful job of welcoming those guys in. So it's been huge, it's been a blessing." Fletcher thought Green and Evans might've gone to the NFL before he left Tulsa, making a second chance to coach them even more special.

Evans said he considered three options after the 2020 season ended - declaring for the NFL Draft, going back to Tulsa or transferring. Evans decided to remain in college, and he was a full participant in the Golden Hurricane's spring practice. After the spring, Evans talked things over with his family and determined it was best to enter the transfer portal. "Even when I entered the portal, I wasn't 100% sure I was going to leave Tulsa," Evans said. "And I was upfront with that to the coaches there." - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  08/22/21 - Case CookrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-4, 291 (DS#15 OG) + More +

  Mizzou announced team captains on Sunday, as voted by teammates: offensive guard Case Cook, quarterback Connor Bazelak and safety Martez Manuel. Cook is a two-time captain after earning the honor last season, too. "It means a lot, especially this being the second time," Cook said after Monday's practice. "Like I've said before, and these guys probably know I wouldn't be anything without these guys, so for them to select me to be their leader and our captain it's like the greatest honor in my mind that you can receive as a member of a team, especially a football team." Cook will be a three-year starter at right guard, while Bazelak and Manuel both became regular starters last year. - Post-Dispatch

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  08/09/21 - Blaze AlldredgerSr/2022, Missouri, 6-1, 228 (DS#16 OLB) + More +

  Linebacker Blaze Alldredge has already made a strong impression on the coaching staff, so much that he earned his jersey number before his first official practice. The graduate transfer from Rice will wear No. 25, which has been a linebacker tradition at Mizzou for more than a decade since the passing of Aaron O'Neal in 2005. Jamal Brooks had worn 25 for the last four years but transferred to South Alabama this offseason. MU's other newcomers wore blank jerseys Friday. - Post-Dispatch

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  08/07/21 - Blaze AlldredgerSr/2022, Missouri, 6-1, 228 (DS#16 OLB) + More +

  Blaze Alldredge has never met Nick Bolton. Alldredge, a Rice graduate transfer, steps into the linebacker room at Missouri after the December departure of Bolton, a former All-American and current Kansas City Chief. Both changes of scenery appear to have been the right moves. Alldredge brings a veteran presence to a relatively inexperienced MU position group, and Bolton is turning heads at training camp with two straight days of interceptions off Patrick Mahomes this week in 7-on-7 play. "It's definitely big shoes to come in and try and fill," Alldredge said Thursday of Bolton's influence. "But the truth is, that was a big factor in my decision. I wanted to come to a place that had experience with great linebackers and sending guys to the league. And the great thing about it has just been that nobody wants me to be Nick Bolton.

"Obviously he's a great linebacker. Everybody understands that I'm my own player. I have my own identity, my own style. And the truth of the matter, like I've told a lot of guys, is that we have a great defense. I don't need to come in and be Superman and try and save the day or anything. I just need to come in and be myself, which time has shown is a pretty good college football player, and just make sure that I get lined up and help other guys get lined up and let everybody play ball." Alldredge is confident like Bolton and has the credentials to back up his words. As an Owl, he won the George Martin Award twice, given to Rice's team MVP, the first defensive player in school history to win the award in consecutive years. - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  08/06/21 - Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  There's a clear No. 1 quarterback entering camp in Bazelak, which takes the biggest question coach Eli Drinkwitz had to answer last season already off the table. Bazelak showed maturity as the signal-caller, good enough to win co-Southeastern Conference freshman of the year honors in 2020 alongside Auburn's Tank Bigsby. Drinkwitz and Bazelak admitted last year that there was more potential in the team's passing game, as Drinkwitz had limited time with his team because of the coronavirus prior to taking the field against Alabama. That's not the case this season.

Bazelak has had a full offseason, now nearly two years removed from ACL surgery, to hone his game and find ways to become a top-tier quarterback in the SEC. Drinkwitz has seen plenty of great signal-callers in-person in his coaching career - Cam Newton, Ryan Finley and Zac Thomas to name a few. He believes Bazelak has the same level of potential. Should the Dayton, Ohio, native show it in 2021, Missouri would reap the benefits. - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  08/04/21 - Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  As Missouri's Eli Drinkwitz opens his second preseason camp Friday, he's got one crucial box already checked. "We have a commodity at the quarterback position," he recently said. Only a few peers across the Southeastern Conference can say the same heading into the start of practices. But at Mizzou, for the first time since 2018, the Tigers return their starter at the game's most important position. Connor Bazelak has appeared in games each of the last two seasons, but thanks to the NCAA's extra year of eligibility for all athletes, Bazelak technically returns as a redshirt freshman again this fall.

Last season, when he started the last eight games of MU's Southeastern Conference-only 10-game schedule, Bazelak was named the league's co-freshman of the year. At last month's SEC media days, Drinkwitz joked that Bazelak could win the award again this year. "I don't know if that's possible," he said. "But maybe with COVID exception it is...We're excited about the growth he can show and earn." Few SEC teams have the same luxury. Last year, SEC quarterbacks Mac Jones (Alabama) and Kyle Trask (Florida) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Heisman Trophy voting. Kellen Mond broke every significant career passing record at Texas A&M. All three have moved onto the NFL, leaving the SEC with a conspicuous void of star power at the position. - Post-Dispatch


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  07/27/21 - Case CookrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-4, 291 (DS#15 OG) + More +

  As Case Cook strolled into a small conference room on the third floor of The Wynfrey Hotel on Thursday for his first meeting with reporters since chopping off his mullet, he still beamed with confidence. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Cook was decked out for the occasion at SEC Media Days in a navy suit, yellow tie and cowboy boots. His footwear, he said, served as a tribute to rural Missourians. Cook's a country boy at heart, after all, coming from Carrollton, Georgia, about 45 minutes from Atlanta and near the Alabama border. Cook, primed to start along the Missouri offensive line for the third straight season, is the Tigers' lone returning team captain from the 2020 season. Nick Bolton and Larry Rountree have both since departed for the NFL. "I'm a leader on this team and I don't feel bad about coming out and saying that. Yeah, I'm a team leader," Cook said. "It's up to me to make sure the guys are coming into work every day and we're heading in the right direction. As we've said before, pulling the spear in the same direction, all trying to push in that way.

"That's our team mission, our team goal. My role is really just to make sure that we're doing what we're supposed to be doing, and I'm a shining example of how it's supposed to be done every day. I can't have a bad day, I can't have an off day. "I've got to be there. I've got to be ready to roll all the time." Cook has started at right guard in Missouri's past 20 games, one of only two Tiger offensive linemen to start every 2020 game, joining center Mike Maietti, who is also back for the 2021 season after exercising his extra year of eligibility allowed by the NCAA. - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  07/26/21 - Trajan JeffcoatrJr/2023, Missouri, 6-3, 276 (DS#4 DE) + More +

  After finishing in third place in the SEC East Division last season, Missouri was picked fourth in the division in the media's preseason poll by reporters who attended SEC media days this week in Hoover, Alabama. Georgia was the runaway favorite in the East with 124 of the 134 first-place votes, followed by Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Defending national champion Alabama was the heavy favorite to win the West Division earning 130 first-place votes, followed by Texas A&M, Louisiana State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State. Only two Missouri players landed on the preseason All-SEC teams: defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat was a second-team choice while center Mike Maietti made the third team. - Post-Dispatch

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