October 24, 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!

Pingeton thinks senior Morgan Eye has a shot at setting NCAA three-point record. Mizzou picked 11th in the SEC preseason poll

Missouri Women's Basketball senior Morgan Eye during a basketball game in 2013.  (Photo courtesy/Mizzou Athletics)

Missouri Women’s Basketball senior Morgan Eye during a basketball game in 2013.
(Photo courtesy/Mizzou Athletics)

The Missouri Tigers are picked 11th in the SEC preseason poll, but will rely on senior Morgan Eye and her eye for the three point shot when it comes to raising expectations and wins.  The Tigers have back-to-back winning season and postseason appearances.

Eye, a senior from Montrose, Missouri, finished last season with 108 three pointers, sixth-most in the nation and her second consecutive year with more than 100.  She needs 103 this season to set the NCAA mark and Head Coach Robin Pingeton thinks she can get there.

“She’s had a tremendous offseason and over the course of the last four year’s she’s (Eye) got a much better understanding of change of speed on cuts and angles,” Pingeton told the SEC Network.  “Everybody knows she’s got a target on her back.  She’s got to come off a lot of screening action.  Her basketball I.Q. has led to being able to get so many different types of shots off.”

Eye is Mizzou’s all-time three-point leader at 283 and finished second in the nation averaging 3.48 three-point field goals per game.

South Carolina was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference women’s basketball championship in a voting of a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

SEC Preseason Poll

1. South Carolina (210)
2. Tennessee (191)
3. Texas A&M (179)
4. Kentucky (154)
5. Vanderbilt (150)
6. Georgia (132)
7. LSU (122)
8. Mississippi State (108)
9. Florida (96)
10. Auburn (83)
T11. Arkansas (77)
T11. Missouri (77)
13. Alabama (74)
14. Ole Miss (21)

Sam vows to continue fighting for a spot on NFL roster after being dumped from Dallas’ practice squad

Michael Sam stretches during his first workout with the Cowboys.

Michael Sam stretches during his first workout with the Cowboys.

Searching for his third NFL team in less than three months, former Missouri Tiger and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam took to Twitter saying he will continue to fight to prove he can play in the NFL.  Sam sent out a series of tweets after the Dallas Cowboys cut Sam from their practice squad.

The Cowboys added linebacker Troy Davis who spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets before he was released in August.  In four games with the Jets last year, he had five tackles in four games before suffering a chest injury.

Sam is being replaced by a linebacker who went undrafted out of Central Florida, where he was a first-team All Conference USA selection.

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