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  1. Who has the most to gain for Mizzou in Scrimmage #1

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    Matt and BK discussed the players that have the most and/or least to gain on Saturday when the Tigers take the field for scrimmage number one. They started with the players that have already locked in a starting spot, and worked their way down.

     

    As we sit here on August 13, 2015, Matt and BK believer there are four offensive players and six defensive players that have already locked in a spot in the starting lineup.

     

     

    Offense:

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    Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

     

    1) Quarterback – Maty Mauk

    2) Running Back – Russell Hansbrough

    3) Left Tackle – Connor McGovern

    4) Center – Evan Boehm

     

    Defense:

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    Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

     

    1) Defensive End – Charles Harris

    2) Outside Linebacker – Kentrell Brothers

    3) Middle Linebacker – Michael Scherer

    4) Cornerback – Kenya Dennis

    5) Cornerback – Aarion Penton

    6) Free Safety – Ian Simon

     

    After that list of 10 players that have locked in a starting spot based upon past performance, there is a cluster of players that could move up and down based on how they perform over the coming days and weeks.

     

    Here are some players that have the  most to gain on Saturday:

     

    1) Right Guard – Mitch Hall… Hall has received high praise from teammates and coaches throughout fall camp. After Evan Boehm and Connor McGovern, Mitch Hall is probably the most sure-fire starter along the offensive line. A good outing in scrimmage number one could further establish his strangle-hold on the #1 spot at right guard. 

     

    2) Right Tackle – Nate Crawford… Crawford’s methodical rise to the starting right tackle spot is one of the better stories at Mizzou football camp. Eighteen months ago, Crawford was working with Coach Kuligowski and the defensive line. Today, just two months after receiving back surgery to repair a herniated disk, he’s the starting right tackle for the Missouri Tigers. Another strong performance on Saturday would go a long way in extending his lead for the starting right tackle spot over sophomore Clay Rhodes. 

     

    3) Wide Receiver – Wesley Leftwich… Leftwich is the lone upperclassmen in coach Pat Washington’s position group, and my guess is that he will be given every opportunity to win a starting receiver position. Leftwich didn’t exactly show out in spring scrimmages, so an impressive performance on Saturday could put the coaches at ease. 

     

    4) Defensive Tackle – Rickey Hatley… Hatley is Missouri’s second most experienced returning defensive lineman. I would be very surprised if he isn’t starting in the season opener at either defensive tackle or nose guard. Another strong performance on Saturday would likely put enough distance between himself and those behind him fighting for the backup jobs (i.e. AJ Logan, Terry Beckner Jr. and Josh Augusta). 

     

    We’ll have full coverage of Mizzou’s first scrimmage on Saturday. Keep it locked right here on KTGR.com, and on the radio on ESPN 103.1 & 100.5 FM and 1580 AM in Columbia.

  2. Maty Mauk on the Paul Finebaum Show

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    Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk joined Paul Finebaum on ESPN Radio on Thursday to discuss the Tigers’ perceived lack of respect, the challenge of going into the season with so few returning wide receivers, and what Harold Brantley’s leadership means to the team.

     

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  3. The Big Show: Gabe DeArmond

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    Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss the latest happenings at Mizzou fall football camp, the expectations for the defensive line, and the uncertain nature of pre-season predictions.

     

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  4. Where does the Royals playoff rotation rank among AL Contenders?

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    Every day is another step toward October. What a world we live in.

     

    For years, October was nothing more than a dream for Royals fans, young and old. And yet, here we sit on August 12th, 2015, and the Royals are nursing a 12-game lead in the division. In fact, the typically conservative ZiPS projections have Kansas City making the playoffs 100% of the time.

     

     

    So with that in the back of my mind, I asked myself – how does the Royals’ playoff rotation match up with the rest of the American League playoff contenders? I based those opponents on ZiPS’ most probable AL teams to make the playoffs. Those teams are the Royals, Astros, Angels, Blue Jays and Yankees.

     

    Here’s what I found:

     

    1) The Kansas City Royals have the second best ERA among this group of American League playoff rotations. The addition of Johnny Cueto cannot be overstated. His ERA significantly lowered the Royals’ overall ERA, giving them a puncher’s chance in the postseason.

     

    2) If you’re looking at FIP (which I prefer to ERA), the Royals have have the second highest rated no. 1 starter (David Price is the best) and the top rated no. 2 starter.

     

    3) Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura are clearly the weak-points for the Royals’ rotation, but it’s unknown how often Ventura would actually pitch in the postseason. For example, Jeremy Guthrie was the Royals’ number four starter in the postseason in 2014. He started three games and threw a total of 13.1 innings. On the other side of things, James Shields started five games and threw 25 innings while Yordano Ventura – then the Royals’ number two starter – started four games and threw 25.1 innings.

     

     

    Top AL Contenders’ Rotations:

     

    Astros: 530 IP, 186 ER… 3.16 ERA

    1) Scott Kazmir – 2.12 ERA, 3.35 FIP

    2) Dallas Keuchel – 2.40 ERA, 2.80 FIP

    3) Scott Feldman – 4.46 ERA, 4.35 FIP

    4) Lance McHugh – 4.22 ERA, 3.77 FIP

     

    Royals: 485.1 IP, 190 ER… 3.52 ERA

    1) Johnny Cueto – 2.53 ERA, 3.01 FIP

    2) Edinson Volquez – 3.11 ERA, 3.82 FIP

    3) Danny Duffy – 4.19 ERA, 4.69 FIP

    4) Yordano Ventura – 4.97 ERA, 4.08 FIP

     

    Blue Jays: 585 IP, 236 ER… 3.63 ERA

    1) David Price – 2.35 ERA, 2.98 FIP

    2) RA Dickey – 3.93 ERA, 4.61 FIP

    3) Mark Buehrle – 3.34 ERA, 4.05 FIP

    4) Drew Hutchison – 5.26 ERA, 3.92 FIP

     

    Angels: 483.1 IP, 204 ER… 3.80 ERA

    1) Scott Richards – 3.51 ERA, 3.80 FIP

    2) Jared Weaver – 4.69 ERA, 4.60 FIP

    3) Matt Shoemaker – 4.32 ERA, 4.25 FIP

    4) Hector Santiago – 2.95 ERA, 4.20 FIP

     

    Yankees: 391 IP, 190 ER… 4.37 ERA

    1) Mashiro Tanaka – 3.79 ERA, 4.17 FIP

    2) CC Sabathia – 5.34 ERA, 4.71 FIP

    3) Nathan Eovaldi – 4.15 ERA, 3.62 FIP

    4) Ivan Nova – 3.52 ERA, 4.34 FIP

  5. The Big Show: Chase Goodbread

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    Chase Goodbread is an excellent college football writer for NFL.com, and he joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to preview the Tigers as they head into 2015. Matt is firmly on #TeamDisrespect. BK is predicting 9-3 and a 2nd place finish in the SEC East. Where does Chase fall on the subject? Find out in the podcast.

     

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  6. Mizzou Football Camp Day 6: No More O-Line Musical Chairs

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    Good morning from Mizzou fall football camp, day six. The team is currently on the practice field getting team work done, but we were able to watch the first 45 minutes or so of practice.

     

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    Mizzou received a commitment from a junior college cornerback yesterday. Here’s the twist — this JuCo commit will be immediately eligible.

     

    As was first reported by Gabe DeArmond at PowerMizzou, three-star cornerback Anthony Hines from the College of San Mateo will enroll in classes this fall and will be eligible to contribute immediately for the Tigers.

     

    Hines is 6-foot-3-inches and is listed at 180 pounds. His scouting report is similar to current Mizzou starting cornerback Kenya Dennis. It’s another sign that Missouri has a new “type” of cornerback that they are recruiting.

     

    Missouri’s average cornerback as recently as five years ago was 5-foot-10-inches and weighed somewhere around 180 pounds. The quickest way to describe the change is that Missouri’s cornerbacks now pass the “eyeball test.” Kenya Dennis, Aarion Penton, John Gibson, etc. are all taller, stronger, faster and are more physically imposing than we’ve seen from Tiger cornerbacks in the past. This transition coincides with Barry Odom’s new defensive philosophy that requires more physical, press-man coverage out of its cornerbacks.

     

    DAY 6 INTERVIEWS: ASSISTANT COACHES GALORE

     

     

    Matt and BK caught up with Mizzou defensive coordinator Barry Odom after day six of MU’s fall football camp.

     

     

    Matt and BK caught up with Mizzou offensive coordinator Josh Henson after day six of MU’s fall football camp.

     

     

    Matt and BK caught up with Mizzou defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski after day six of MU’s fall football camp.

     

     

    Matt and BK caught up with Mizzou offensive line coach AJ Ricker after day six of MU’s fall football camp.

     

     

    Matt and BK caught up with Mizzou quarterbacks coach Andy Hill after day six of MU’s fall football camp.

     

     

    Matt and BK caught up with Mizzou wide receivers coach Pat Washington after day six of MU’s fall football camp.

     

     

    Matt and BK caught up with Mizzou safeties coach Ryan Walters after day six of MU’s fall football camp.

     

    DAY 6 VIDEO: CORNERBACKS WORK ON TECHNIQUE

     

      As is tradition at Mizzou fall football camp, the safeties led the pre-practice dance. Today was the safeties’ turn. They went with the Cupid Shuffle & were promptly booed by their teammates.  

     

    Mizzou wide receiver Wesley Leftwich catches a slant from quarterback Maty Mauk.

     

      The cornerbacks got a lot of work in with coach Cornell Ford. They were working on shedding blocks & getting over a chop block, specifically.   

     

    Cornerback coach Cornell Ford working with Mizzou cornerback Kenya Dennis during drills.

     

  7. Mizzou Fall Football Camp: Day 5

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    A muggy Faurot Field awaited Mizzou for the fifth day of fall camp, and KTGR was there. (more…)

  8. The Sports Wire: Herbie Teope

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    Herbie Teope joined BK on The Sports Wire for an update on the Chiefs from Training Camp in St. Joe. Who has stood out thus far? Who will step up in Dontari Poe’s absence? And what does Chris Conley’s injury mean for the Chiefs long-term?

     

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  9. The Sports Wire: Dan Weigel

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    Dan Weigel wrote a great article for Beyond the Box Score on Yordano Ventura’s struggles in 2015. Dan says there is one thing in particular that Ventura could fix that would help him reach his ace potential.

     

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  10. The Sports Wire: Rams Re-Sign Nick Foles, Dan Weigel & Herbie Teope

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    8:00 — Opening Monologue… Cardinals big win further evidence that Randal Grichuk is among the top rookies in the NL. But has he proven enough to make Jason Heyward expendable?

     

    8:15 — The St. Louis Rams have re-signed Nick Foles. After hearing the news, I hated the move. But the more I look into it, the more I like it for the Rams.

     

    8:30 — Mizzou Football Fall Camp Day 3… Morgan Steward is back, J’Mon Moore is in the doghouse & the biggest transition under new defensive coordinator Barry Odom.

     

    8:45 — What are SEC Players saying about Mizzou? CBS Sports polled 42 SEC players to find out who they believe will win the SEC in 2015. 10 teams were named. Was MU listed among them?

     

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    9:00 — Dan Weigel joined the show. He wrote a great piece about Yordano Ventura’s struggles for Beyond the Box Score. He believes there is one thing Yordano needs to fix in order to reach his potential.

     

    9:15 — Morgan Steward is the X-Factor Mizzou needs… Steward is finally back from his hip injury. What does his presence mean for the Tigers?

     

    9:30 — Herbie Teope of Chiefs Digest joins the show… We get an update from Chiefs Training Camp on everything going on in St. Joe. Who is going to fill in for Dontari Poe?

     

    9:45 — The BK Lounge… Donald Trump and Maty Mauk have one thing in common, and it’s the reason why I’m so intrigued by this 2015 Mizzou football season.