Category Archive: Podcasts

  1. The Sports Wire: David Lesky

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    David Lesky of Pine Tar Press joined BK on The Sports Wire to discuss the Royals’ weird win over the Rays, Yordano Ventura’s recent surge back to the front of the rotation & Mike Moustakas’ hot streak.

     

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  2. The Sports Wire: The Drew Lock Debate, Mizzou’s Non-Con Problem & Cris Carter’s Advice

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    8:00 — Opening Monologue… BK breaks down last night’s Columbia High School games, a winning Friday night for the Chiefs & Royals, and a walk-off stinker for the Cards.

     

    8:15 — The Drew Lock Debate… Drew Lock might be Mizzou’s best chance at producing a successful NFL starting quarterback. And I believe it’s in Mizzou’s interest to redshirt Lock in 2015. Allow me to explain.

     

    8:30 — David Lesky of Pine Tar Press… Is Yordano Ventura back to his 2014 self? Which Mike Moustakas is going to show up for the postseason? And is Kris Medlen winning himself a postseason rotation spot?

     

    8:45 — Grantland found five qualities of every college football champion… How many of those five qualities does this Mizzou team exhibit?

     

    8:55 — Best & Worst of the Week… The plane breakup & a parent’s worst nightmare.

     

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    9:00 — Mizzou’s Non-Con Schedule Leaves Me Wanting More… The Tigers added Middle Tennessee and Delaware State to their 2016 non-conference slate. Those kinds of games aren’t going to appeal to the masses.

     

    9:15 — Mizzou’s Best Ever Recruiting Class? The Tigers could get more than 10 multi-year starters out of this recruiting class. Does that mean it’s going to go down as Gary Pinkel’s best?

     

    9:30 — Top 3 Most Intriguing Mizzou Home Games… There are two home games that truly intrigue me for this season, but one stands out above the rest.

     

    9:45 — The BK Lounge: Cris Carter Gave Good Advice… It wasn’t the right platform. It might not have been given in a productive manner. But his message was a good one.

     

  3. The Big Show: Gabe DeArmond

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    Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to put an end to the great debate: Will Drew Lock play this year? Find out Gabe’s stance on the podcast.

     

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  4. BK’s Projected Mizzou Depth Chart

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    Mizzou’s 2015 fall camp has come to a close after the Tigers’ third scrimmage of the fall. That can only mean one thing – yepp, you guessed it – prediction time! I’ll go through each position and predict &/or project what I believe the depth chart will look like when it’s released come Monday morning. Without further adieu…

     

    Quarterback:

    1) Maty Mauk (6-0 195 RS Jr.)

    2) Eddie Printz (6-3 215, RS Soph.)

    3) Drew Lock (6-4 205, Freshman)

    4) Marvin Zanders (6-1, 185, RS Fr.)

     

    Maty Mauk is the clear-cut starter. There is no question there. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine. I wouldn’t be shocked if Drew Lock gets a redshirt. But he’s been so damn good in the three scrimmages open to the media that I also wouldn’t be totally shocked if he’s the de-facto number two quarterback opening the season. By that, I mean if Mauk were to go down for an extended period of time, I’m not sure the staff wouldn’t go with Lock over Printz as the long-term answer.

     

    And then there’s Marvin Zanders, who is a big play waiting to happen. He’s fast as hell and he’s really developed as a quarterback, as well. I don’t think we’ll see a lot of him, but I think the staff could put together a package of him as a “wildcat-esque” quarterback.

     

    Running Back:

    1) Russell Hansbrough (5-9 190, SR)

    2) Ish Witter (5-10 190, Soph.)

    3) Tyler Hunt (5’11 215, Sr.)

    4) Trevon Walters* (5’10 200, RS FR.)

    5) Morgan Steward (6’0 210 RS Jr.)

    6) Chase Abbington (6’2 225 RS Soph.)

     

    The running back position, despite having a lot of “guys”, is still pretty unsettled. Russell Hansbrough is the clear-cut number one. Ish Witter has asserted himself, by default, as the number two option. Behind Witter, though, there are a lot of question marks. Can Tyler Hunt produce in short-yardage situations against an SEC defense the way he does against the Tigers’ defense in scrimmages? I have Trevon Walters as the Tigers’ number four running back, but he’s out until October. Morgan Steward has shown flashes in his first action since injuring his hip last fall, but I’m not sure if he’s back to 100% yet. And Chase Abbington really hasn’t shown much this fall, but he’ll be listed on the depth chart simply because he has already used his redshirt season.

     

    Wide Receiver:

    X-Receiver:

    1) J’Mon Moore (6-3 190, RS Soph.)

    2) DeSean Blair (6-3 190, RS Fr.)

    4) Justin Smith (6-7 200, Freshman)

     

    Z-Receiver:

    1) Wesley Leftwich (6-1 200, RS Sr.)

    2) Keyon Dilosa (6-3 200, RS Fr.)

    3) Emanuel Hall (6-3 200, Freshman)

     

    H-Receiver:

    1) Nate Brown (6-3 205, Soph.)

    2) Thomas Richard (6-1 190, RS Fr.)

    3) Raymond Wingo (5-11 175, RS Fr.)

     

    There are so many possibilities at receiver. I think the top six are fairly established. J’Mon Moore, Wesley Leftwich and Nate Brown are the starters, if they’re healthy. And that’s no guarantee. Moore has a shoulder injury and has been sitting out of the team portion of practice for a week or so. And Leftwich has a knee issue that seems to be lingering. But, if they’re healthy, those are the three starters. The second group of DeSean Blair, Keyon Dilosa and Thomas Richard also seem to have established themselves. The third group is tough to determine. I would be shocked if Emanuel Hall ends up redshirting. He’s been very, very good. Justin Smith *could* redshirt, but I think a 6-foot-7 receiver could be useful, even if he’s raw. I do believe Ray Wingo is the number three H-receiver. So, there’s that.

     

    I will say this – I don’t think Mizzou has a receiver problem. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I don’t think they have a Bud Sasser on this year’s team, but I think they have a few Jimmie Hunts. It wouldn’t be a shock to me to see Leftwich, Blair, Brown, Richard, and/or Hall finish the year with 40(ish) receptions. I mean – think of it this way – Maty Mauk is going to complete roughly 200 passes this year. That’s going to happen. And someone has to catch those passes. I think Missouri has plenty of receivers that are capable of doing so. I did not believe that before fall camp. Quite an impressive camp for the young receiver corps.

     

    Tight End:

    1) Sean Culkin (6-6 245, RS Jr.)

    2) Jason Reese (6-5 240, RS Soph.)

    3) Kendall Blanton (6-6 250, RS Fr.)

    4) Clayton Echard (6-5 260, RS Sr.)

     

    The tight end position is pretty well set for Missouri for the next couple years. It’s Sean Culkin and Jason Reese as the 1-2 combo with Kendall Blanton developing into a rather nice third option if need-be. Clayton Echard will come into the game in some short-yardage situations, too. I’ve said all offseason that Reese is a guy that really intrigues me. He’s fast, he’s strong, he’s a fluid route runner, and he has above-average hands for a pass-catching tight end. I think Missouri’s tight ends could surprise some people this year.

     

    Left Tackle:

    1) Connor McGovern (6-4 300, RS Sr.)

    2) Paul Adams (6-6 290, RS Fr.)

    3) Mike Fairchild (6-5 295, RS Fr.)

     

    The coaches established late in spring ball that Connor McGovern was the player they wanted as their starting left tackle, and he’s done nothing to change that sentiment since. He’s been solid in fall camp. Paul Adams is listed as the number two left tackle, but I think Malik Cuellar would play left tackle *if* anything were to happen to McGovern. Adams is more of a placeholder on the depth chart – and that’s no shot at Adams, he’s only a redshirt freshman and has done an admirable job of battling with Charles Harris in the team’s scrimmages.

     

    Left Guard:

    1) Taylor Chappell (6-5 300, RS Sr.)

    2) Alec Abeln (6-3 290, RS Soph.)

    3) Andy Bauer (6-3 310, RS Fr.)

     

    This could be a spot that the coaches continue to work with throughout the first game of the season. I wouldn’t be totally shocked if Brad McNulty or Alec Abeln split reps with Taylor Chappell against Southeast Missouri State. However, coach A.J. Ricker has noted multiple times that he wants his offensive line to have some continuity, so that could be something he hopes to avoid. Regardless, none of the guys that spent time at left guard (Chappell, McNulty & Abeln) really established themselves. So, I’ll go with the guy that had the most playing time in 2014 – and that’s Chappell.

     

    Center: 

    1) Evan Boehm (6-3 320, SR.)

    2) Brad McNulty (6-4 305, RS Sr.)

    3) Sam Bailey (6-5 265, RS Fr.)

     

    Evan Boehm and Connor McGovern have been the constants along the offensive line. Brad McNulty is the new addition behind Boehm. McNulty and Alec Abeln are cross-trained at guard and center, and either could fill in along any of the three interior positions if needed.

     

    Right Guard:

    1) Mitch Hall (6-5 310, RS Sr.)

    2) Kevin Pendleton (6-4 315, RS Fr.)

    3) Adam Ploudre (6-4 295, RS Soph.)

     

    At first it looked like right guard could be a battle position like left guard, but that position battle quickly ended and Mitch Hall seems to have a stronghold on the starting spot.

     

    Right Tackle:

    1) Nate Crawford (6-5 290, RS Soph.)

    2) Malik Cuellar (6-5 300, Jr.)

    3) Clay Rhodes (6-5 280, RS Soph.)

     

    Nate Crawford’s assent to the starting right tackle position is not one that should be overlooked. He transitioned from defensive line to offensive line in the spring of 2014. Then he had back surgery in June. But he was ready to go for day one of fall camp, and he has won a starting spot along the offensive line two months later. Pretty amazing, really.

     

    As a whole, McGovern, Boehm, Hall and Crawford seem to be pretty locked in as starters. Left guard is a bit in flux, but it will be one of Chappell, Abeln or McNulty. The primary offensive line backups appear to be Cuellar as the swing tackle with the two guys that don’t win the left guard job backing up the three interior positions. If the Tigers need any players beyond that, something has gone horribly wrong. But the next most reliable players would seem to be Rhodes, Adams and Pendleton.

     

    Left Defensive End:

    1) Marcell Frazier (6-5 265, Jr.)

    2) Walter Brady (6-3 255, RS Fr.)

    3) Nate Howard (6-4 230, Freshman)

     

    Right Defensive End:

    1) Charles Harris (6-3 255, RS Soph.)

    2) Spencer Williams (6-3 245, RS Fr.)

    3) Rocell McWilliams (6-2 240, RS Fr.)

     

    Marcell Frazier and Charles Harris will be Mizzou’s starting defensive ends. That much I’m sure of. Walter Brady and Spencer Williams would seem to be the next two in the rotation. I think Rocell McWilliams is the fifth guy in the rotation, but it’s Nate Howard that’s the real wildcard here. Howard is a true freshman, but he has the size and speed combination that you would want in order for him to get on the field early. I’m not sure if he’s shown enough to avoid the redshirt, but I would like to see him as a part of that defensive end rotation.

     

    Defensive Tackle:

    1) Rickey Hatley (6-4 285, RS Jr.)

    2) Terry Beckner Jr. (6-4 300, Freshman)

     

    Nose Guard:

    1) Josh Augusta (6-4 335, Jr.)

    2) A.J. Logan (6-2 300, RS Soph.)

     

    The defensive tackle rotation is set. Josh Augusta and Rickey Hatley will start with Terry Beckner and A.J. Logan as their primary backups. Here’s the rub: who comes into the rotation if someone gets hurt? That’s not a question I have the answer for. Please stay healthy, big guys.

     

    SAM Linebacker:

    1) Donavin Newsom (6-2 230, RS Jr.)

    2) Clarence Green (6-0 220, RS Sr.)

    3) Terez Hall (6-2 215, Freshman)

     

    MIKE Linebacker:

    1) Michael Scherer (6-3 230, RS Jr.)

    2) Brandon Lee (6-2 220, RS Fr.)

    3) Eric Beisel (6-3 225, RS Soph.)

     

    WILL Linebacker:

    1) Kentrell Brothers (6-1 235, RS Sr.)

    2) Joey Burkett (6-2 210, RS Soph.)

    3) Grant Jones (6-3 225, RS Sr.)

     

    This might be, top-to-bottom, Mizzou’s best unit. The starters are entrenched, the backups are competent and the third unit is full of promise. Kentrell Brothers and Michael Scherer are among the best linebackers in the conference, which means they’re also among the top linebackers in the country. Donavin Newsom has shown a lot more production throughout fall camp, and he’s always been incredibly athletic. Clarence Green, Newsom’s backup, would start at most SEC schools. He’s outstanding in coverage. Brandon Lee is one of my favorite under-the-radar backups. He has a real chance to be a standout on special teams this year before taking over a starting role in 2016. The only freshman linebacker that I have avoiding a redshirt is Terez Hall. He’s been in with the one’s on special teams. I would be surprised if he doesn’t see the field early & often.

     

    Cornerback:

    1) Aarion Penton (5-10 185, Jr.)

    2) John Gibson (6-0 190, RS Jr.)

    3) Finis Stribling IV (5-11 175, RS Fr.)

     

    Cornerback:

    1) Kenya Dennis (5-11 195, Sr.)

    2) Logan Cheadle (5-10 180, Soph.)

    3) DeAndre McKenzie (6-1 195, Sr.)

     

    Aarion Penton and Kenya Dennis are the starters. John Gibson and Logan Cheadle are the next two off the bench. That’s about as good as it gets in terms of depth and top-end talent at cornerback. Not much movement on the depth chart.

     

    Strong Safety:

    1) Anthony Sherrills (6-0 190, RS Soph.)

    2) Thomas Wilson (5-10 190 Soph.)

    3) Tavon Ross (6-0 200 RS Fr.)

     

    Free Safety:

    1) Ian Simon (6-0 195, RS Sr.)

    2) Cam Hilton (6-0 180, Freshman)

    3) Cortland Browning (6-1 205, RS Sr.)

     

    A whole lot of talent in the back end of Mizzou’s secondary. Anthony Sherrills is unproven, but the coaches rave about him. Thomas Wilson made some plays as a true freshman in 2014. Cam Hilton has shown enough in fall camp to shed the redshirt and I believe he would be the number two free safety if the season were to begin today.

     

    So, there you have it. That’s my projections. Some are likely to be wrong. Others may be right. I have Drew Lock, Justin Smith, Emanuel Hall, Nate Howard, Terry Beckner Jr., Terez Hall and Cam Hilton skipping their redshirt season. Junior college transfers Chase Abbington and Malik Cuellar are also likely to contribute in 2015. That’s nine players from Coach Pinkel’s 2015 class that could see time right away. That would be a hell of a start.

     

  5. The Big Show: George Schroeder

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    George Schroeder of USA Today Sports joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to determine how much of an impact Maty Mauk’s overall numbers will have on the Tigers’ success in 2015. Plus, which non-Georgia conference game will be the most important? All of that and more in our conversation with George Schroeder.

     

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  6. The Big Show: David Lesky

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    David Lesky of the Pine Tar Press joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss how the Royals should attack the final month of the season and whether he would prefer to see Kansas City give Alex Gordon or Ben Zobrist a contract after the season.

     

  7. The Big Show: Ralph Russo

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    Ralph Russo of the Associated Press joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss the recently revealed AP Top 25. Ralph says he wouldn’t have Mizzou in his personal top 25. Why? He explained on the show.

     

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  8. The Sports Wire: Bill Connelly, Dave Bartoo & Charles Robinson Join The Show

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    It was a jam-packed show for BK on The Sports Wire. We started things off with what Mizzou should do with freshman quarterback Drew Lock, and Bill Connelly of SB Nation joined BK to give his take on the matter.

     

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    In the second hour of the show, BK gave his pick for the most difficult player for Mizzou to replace in 2015, Dave Bartoo of CFB Matrix joined the show for a surprise call-in, and Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports hopped on the show to give his top takeaways from his time at the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp.

     

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  9. The Sports Wire: Dave Bartoo

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    Dave Bartoo of College Football Matrix joined BK for a surprise call-in on The Sports Wire. Bartoo has all of the numbers at his disposal. How big of an influence could the cross-division schedule have on the 2015 SEC East race? Find out in our conversation with Dave.

     

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  10. The Sports Wire: Bill Connelly

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    Bill Connelly of SB Nation & Rock M Nation joined BK on The Sports Wire to break down the Tigers’ chances at a SEC East three-peat. Plus, is Bill convinced that the Tigers don’t have a WR problem? Find out in our conversation from Saturday morning on The Sports Wire.

     

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