Mizzou Links for Thursday, August 5
It’s almost here!
The countdown is on. Fall camp officially starts on Friday and we’re just under a month away until the September 4th season opener against Central Michigan.
Tyler Macon sure is ready!
‘Doing this for my family and friends I can’t fold now… Camp in 2 days let’s work !
— Tyler Macon (@EstlMaco5) August 4, 2021
On Wednesday, reporters got to meet with the assistant coaches on the staff for a pre-camp media availability. Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recapped the day with his takeaways here. Perhaps, the most important/interesting highlight was this:
“Mizzou fully expects freshman receivers Mookie Cooper and Dominic Lovett to become impact players in this offense — sooner rather than later.”
From Dave, here’s wide receiver coach Bush Hadman’s quotes on Cooper and Lovett:
On Cooper: “I think he’s a really good fit in the system in what Drink tries to do with the ability to get the guys the ball in space quickly.”
On Lovett: “I think he’s one of those guys who has the flexibility to play outside or inside. He’s got that short area of quickness and he’s one of our fastest guys in terms of being an outside receiver. For him, to be honest with you, it’s about not overwhelming him early and just making him feel comfortable. I don’t care who you are, when you step into these situations, even in your first year, you definitely want to build some confidence.”
Lots of other good content from Matter, including Tyler Badie replacing Larry Rountree, coaches thoughts on the SEC expansion, Steve Wilks’ defensive plans, and the offensive tackle position. Again, check it out here.
Moving on, in his second NBA Summer League game with the Heat, Dru Smith contributed for seven points, six assists, three rebounds, and a +3 on the floor in the Heat’s 94-87 win over the Warriors.
Here’s a highlight of one of his buckets:
Defense ➡️ Offense will always be a thing in this uniform pic.twitter.com/erFNCtcVoW
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 5, 2021
Smith and the Heat’s next game is Sunday night against the Nuggets at 9 PM on NBATV, while Tilmon debuts with the Magic is on Monday night against the Warriors, (also on NBATV).
Oh, and how about Nick Bolton so far at Chiefs Training Camp? He got some high praise (deservingly so) from Mitch Holtus and Matt McMullen. Check it out!
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 5, 2021
Finally, Mizzou Made’s Max Scherzer made his Dodgers’ debut against MLB’s most hated team, the Astros. He allowed two runs in seven innings with 10 STRIKEOUTS! Mad Max, indeed.
M-I-Z! Onto the links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Brandon Kiley writes that Offensive Lineman Luke Griffin is here to stay
- Meet the New Guys: O-Line Edition, from Kortay Vincent
- From Joe Lyons: Three Mizzou wrestlers (Keegan O’Toole, Colton Hawks, and Rocky Elam) to compete for US in Russa (at the United World Wrestling Junior World Championships)
- Mizzou coaches bullish on SEC expansion’s impact on recruiting, writes Dave Matter
- From Briar Napier: How Mizzou’s Casey Woods is establishing recruiting might
- From Calum McAndrew: Missouri’s offense led by consistency; offensive coaches talk 2021
- Wilks brings legitimacy, experience to new MU defensive coaching staff, writes Wilson Moore
(Columbia Daily Tribune)
- Mizzou football’s revamped defensive approach under Steve Wilks aims to generate points, writes Eric Blum
- On the latest Mizzou Sports Podcast with Eric Blum and guest co-host Blake Toppmeyer, they previewed Mizzou Fall Camp, discussed the AD search and SEC expansion, and were also joined by College Football expert Phil Steele. Give it a listen!
- From Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, TCU AD Jeremiah Donati turns down chance to interview for Missouri AD job (from this report here despite the decline, looks like Mizzou could be going the Power Five route for their next AD).
- Oh hello there, new look basketball court!
— Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) August 4, 2021
The state is in Mizzou Arena. pic.twitter.com/chrUA6ejXl
— Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) August 4, 2021
- Tune into KOMU tonight as Ben Arnet interviews Mizzou Track and Field Coach Marc Burns on Karissa Schweizer:
Working on a story on @KarissaSchweiz4 for tomorrow on @KOMUNews after the Olympics.
My favorite quote from her #Mizzou coach Marc Burns
“She loves baking cookies, she’s a great baker.”
followed moments later by “She’ll tear your heart out on the track.” pic.twitter.com/VzKTYl5TX3
— Ben Arnet (@BenArnetKOMU) August 5, 2021
- Cuonzo with some appreciation for Dru Smith. You love to see it!
Dru Smith is EVERYTHING you want in a teammate‼️ https://t.co/zAC3tGko9m
— Cuonzo Martin (@CuonzoMartin) August 4, 2021
- Kim English made a Shiloh Bar & Grill appearance with the family!
— Kim English (@Englishscope24) August 4, 2021
- Are you ready for Aijha Blackwell SZN? We are!
— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) August 4, 2021
- Mizzou target and Chaminade/Link Year Prep product Tarris Reed will be announcing his decision tonight at 6:00 p.m. CT
— Link Hoops (@linkhoops) August 4, 2021
Tomorrow 6:00 pm cst….y’all ready ? ⏰
— Tarris Reed Jr. (@TarrisReedJr) August 4, 2021
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