October 25, 2014

Vandy has a solid kick returner who is as exciting as Murphy, plus who can block Shane Ray? (Google Hangout)

Earlier this week, Vanderbilt’s first year head coach Derek Mason said he is playing close attention to Missouri defensive end Shane Ray.  At his weekly press conference on Wednesday, he was impressed with Ray’s ability to create havoc.

“Shane Ray is one of the top sack makers in the country. He’s unbelievable in terms of being able to come off the edge and creating havoc. They do it most of the time out of a four-man front so that matchup between him and Andrew Jelks will be a feature matchup this week in terms of what we look to do and how we have to stand up. Our guys have been challenged as to what Missouri is, they have been a better road team than home team, but this is a team that will be fired up to play us and we’ll be fired up to play them. We are looking forward to the matchup.”

The other interesting story is this game will feature two of the SEC’s top return players and both wear the number six.  Marcus Murphy and Vandy’s Darrius Sims.  Both average over 30 yards on kick returns and both have run two back for touchdowns.

Chris Lee of VandySports.com takes us through those two matchups as the Tigers face the Commodores on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Pinkel expresses concerns about the Mizzou offense and Mauk dodges media better than the pass rush (Google Hangout)

Listen to coach Pinkel’s brief and rather terse comments about the struggling offense.

Mizzou’s Ryan Rosburg, “If you’ve seen Hoosiers, it’s kinda like that,” describing practices under Anderson (Google Hangout)

Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III sat down with Missourinet to talk Tiger basketball (photo/Phil Kornblut)

Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III sat down with Missourinet to talk Tiger basketball (photo/Phil Kornblut)

It’s the men’s turn at SEC Basketball Media Days in Charlotte, NC.  Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III joined head coach Kim Anderson for the event earlier today.  The Tigers were picked right in the middle of the pack at 7th.

Kentucky was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.  The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the 10th time since the 1998-99 season, tallied all 20 first-place votes.

No Tigers were picked to the preseason team, but I have no issues with that at all.  Keep the outside expectations low and fly under the SEC radar in the first season of Anderson and it will keep unnecessary outside pressure off.

Phil Kornblut sat down to chat with Rosburg and J3.

Listen to exclusive Missourinet audio on Mizzou hoops

The Phil joined me on a Google Hangout and we were discussing the Tigers, when he got kicked out of his prime seating location.  Enjoy the video!

Pinkel standing behind his quarterback, but the offense has to get fixed before Florida game (Google Hangout)

Five turnovers and only 147 yards of total offense. Tigers shut out at home against Georgia. First time since K-State in 2002.

Offensive lineman Taylor Chappel (62) and quarterback Maty Mauk (7) try to regroup on the sidelines. (photo/Emily  Dayton)

Offensive lineman Taylor Chappel (62) and quarterback Maty Mauk (7) try to regroup on the sidelines. (photo/Emily Dayton)

For the third time in this series since the Missouri Tigers moved to the SEC, the visiting has won this matchup.  The 13th ranked Georgia Bulldogs dominated right from the beginning for a 34-0 win.  The loss drops Mizzou to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play while Georgia improves to 3-1 in the SEC with the all important tie-breaker over the Tigers.

The stats tell the story of this blowout loss for Mizzou.

The Tigers turned the ball over five times…a lost fumble late in the first half was their first of the season.

This is the second time in SEC play, that they’ve throw four interceptions.  The also did it in the 14-7 loss at Florida.

Mizzou was shutout at home for the first time since 2002, a 38-0 loss to K-State on Nov. 23.

This is Georgia’s first road shutout over a ranked opponent, ever.

Georgia freshman running back Nick Chubb had 38 carries for 143 yards.  That’s the highest total for a Georgia back since 2001 when Verron Hayes had 39 carries.

Quarterback Hutson Mason, supposedly the weak link of the Bulldogs’ offense was 18 of 23 (78%) for 156 yards.

Georgia won this game without their top running back Todd Gurley and their leading receiver Chris Conley who hurt his knee in the first quarter.

Watch Missourinet’s postgame coverage with Gary Pinkel and Maty Mauk