August 31, 2015

Former Tiger L’Damian Washington among the Chiefs weekend cuts as NFL teams trim rosters

L'Damian Washington has been waived by the Chiefs

L’Damian Washington has been waived by the Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Sunday that the club has waived 11 players to prepare for the NFL’s mandated 75-player roster limit by Sept. 1. The league’s final roster cutdown to 53 players must take place before 3 p.m. CT on Sept. 5. The following players were waived.

Player                                 Pos.       Ht.         Wt.             College

L’Damian Washington      WR        6-4         204         Missouri
Kenny Cook                         WR        6-4         218          Gardner-Webb
Anthony Dima                      T           6-6         295         Massachusetts
Andrew East                         LS         6-2         220         Vanderbilt
Aaron Hester                       CB         6-1          207         UCLA
Vaughn Martin                    DE        6-4         300         Western Ontario
Kenneth Penny                    CB        5-11         173          UNLV
Marcus Reed                        G           6-3         345          Fayetteville State
Adam Schiltz                        TE         6-4         256          Emporia State
Jeret Smith                          WR        6-0         215          McMurry
Charles Tuaau                      OL         6-5         310          Texas A&M Com.


#Mizzou A.D. Mack Rhoades seems to be adjusting to life in Missouri just fine (VIDEO)

Mack Rhoades and Bill Pollock catch up before the football season (Photo/Kayla Thoenen)

Mack Rhoades and Bill Pollock catch up before the football season (Photo/Kayla Thoenen)

Mack Rhoades, the new Director of Athletics for Mizzou, was in Jefferson City this week to talk with the executives from Learfield Sports, the marketing partner for the Tiger Network and Mizzou Sports Properties.  Our company has had a long and prosperous relationship with the University of Missouri’s athletic department and it was an opportunity for both sides to get to know one another better.

After their meetings, a brief reception was held for Mack and he was gracious enough to take a few minutes to chat with me on camera.

It sounds like he and his family have adjusted to life in Columbia, and he’s bringing some fresh ideas and a great approach to continue to move Mizzou athletics in the right direction.  You’ll see for yourself, he’s a pretty down to earth guy.  After visiting, I’m excited about the future of Mizzou Athletics.  Enjoy our visit in the Learfield Lounge.

Mauk feels “some guys didn’t have their heads right,” as defense grabs three turnovers in final scrimmage (AUDIO)

New defensive coordinator Barry Odom had the defense dialed in during the final scrimmage (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

New defensive coordinator Barry Odom had the defense dialed in during the final scrimmage (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou starting quarterback Maty Mauk felt like the offense wasn’t as sharp as they should be for a final scrimmage of fall camp.  While limited to just 20 plays, he knows every rep has to count, saying he felt “some guys didn’t have their heads right.”  Mauk went 6-for-12 for 51 yards in limited action.

The defense finally came up with their first interceptions of the fall as each of the three backup QB were victims.

Safety Anthony Sherrils returned an early pick 22 yards, cornerback Tavon Ross gained 26 yards on his return. Linebacker Terez Hall recorded the final turnover when he pulled down a tipped pass.

Quarterback Drew Lock was a victim of one of those picks, but continued to look impressive, running mostly against the number one defense.  Lock went 9-for-12 passing for 177 yards, including a 56-yard hookup to WR Ray Wingo.  He has the composure in the pocket, no doubt, but at times needs to make better decisions, which is expected from a true freshman.

Mizzou Scrimmage Offensive Stats

Charles Harris and Marcell Frazier each had a sack and Harris had two tackles for loss. Mizzou also got sacks corners Kenya Dennis and Aarion Penton.

Mizzou Scrimmage Defensive Stats

Maty Mauk’s post scrimmage comments

Mizzou opens the season on Saturday September 5th against Southeast Missouri State.

Missouri adds three game series with Middle Tennessee. Students buys out their ticket allotment

Zack Abron gained 138 yards in a win over the Blue Raiders in 2003 (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Zack Abron gained 138 yards in a win over the Blue Raiders in 2003 (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou and Middle Tennessee State have agreed to a three-year football series, beginning with the 2016 season.  The announcement was made by Blue Raiders Athletics.  The series will pick back up in 2022 in Murfreesboro, TN., before coming back to Columbia in 2023.

In the school’s only previous meeting in Columbia on Sept. 20, 2003, the 23rd ranked Tigers got past Middle Tennessee, 41-40, in overtime.  It was the Tigers’ first time being nationally ranked under Gary Pinkel.  At the time, Pinkel pinned the near loss on himself.

“Obviously, I didn’t do a very good job. Obviously, we didn’t play as well as I wanted to.”

Middle Tennessee athletic director Chris Massaro is happy to have Mizzou on their schedule.

“We are excited about this series because it gives our fans a chance to see Middle Tennessee compete against a quality non-league opponent from a Power 5 conference,” said Massaro. “We have been fortunate to attract several quality teams to our campus, and Missouri is certainly another one of those.”


Mizzou Athletics announced on Wednesday that its allotment of 2015 football student season tickets are officially sold out. The announcement comes 11 days before Mizzou opens the 2015 campaign against Southeast Missouri State at Memorial Stadium on September 5 at 3:00 p.m. 2015 marks the fourth time in the last five seasons and the second consecutive year that Mizzou has sold out its student ticket allotment.

“We have one of the best student sections in the country here at Mizzou,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. “Their energy and vocal support plays a huge role in enhancing the GameDay environment at The Zou. We appreciate the passion of our students and are thrilled to announce the student ticket allotment has sold out for the 2015 season.”


Only four Tigers picked to the preseason All-SEC Coaches team. No first-team selections

Maty Mauk runs with the football during the Tigers win over Tennessee (photo courtesy, MU athletics)

Maty Mauk  (photo courtesy, MU athletics)

Mizzou Football had four standouts named All-SEC by the league’s 14 coaches, as announced by the Southeastern Conference office on Tuesday. Earning a spot on the All-SEC Second Team was LB Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie, Texas) and QB Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio) while C Evan Boehm (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and RB Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas) were named All-SEC Third Team.

The All-SEC honorees were voted on by the league’s 14 coaches with coaches not being able to vote for their own players. For Boehm and Brothers, this marks the second time that they have been named All-SEC this summer after each earned third team honors from the media back in July.

Brothers, the SEC’s top returning tackler from a season ago, accounted for 122 total tackles in 2015 (62 solo) while totaling 5.0 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and a team-leading three forced fumbles. He started all 14 games a season ago and was an All-SEC Second Team pick by the Associated Press.  He has been named to the Bednarik, Nagurski and Butkus Award Watch Lists this summer.

A veteran QB, Mauk is 14-4 in 18 career games as a starter and helped guide Mizzou to a second consecutive SEC East Division Championship in 2014. Mauk threw for 25 touchdowns last season and rushed for two more, accounting for 2,648 total passing yards and 3,021 yards of total offense. Mauk’s 2,648 passing yards a season ago are the third-most of any returning SEC quarterback. He was named to the Maxwell and Manning Award Watch Lists earlier this summer as well.

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