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Missouri Tigers Football: Gary Pinkel Has Team Ready To Play In SEC

The Tigers leave the Big 12 for the promised land of the SEC.

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Jack Meiners Injury: Update Not Expected Until Monday For Missouri OL

Projected Missouri starting guard Jack Meiners suffered a knee injury on Thursday, and the latest update is that an announcement will be made on Monday.

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Missouri Suffers Several Injuries Along Offensive Front

It's been a tough offseason for the Missouri Tigers football team in terms of injuries, especially on the offense. Left guard Travis Ruth and backup tackle Taylor Chappell have both already been struck down with injuries that will cause them to miss the rest of the season for the Tigers, along with a handful of other players who have been missing practices recently for a variety of reasons.

Now, another lineman has gone down, this time with a knee injury. Left guard Jack Meiners, projected to be high on the depth chart, if not the starter for the Tigers this season, was knocked out during a passing play:

He went down in the backfield at the end of a pass play. Once the team announces any update on his prognosis, I’ll pass that along. "We’re hoping it’s nothing serious," Pinkel said. With Meiners out, Evan Boehm got all the first-team work at left guard and Max Copeland moved over to right guard.

Seven other players also missed the Tigers most recent scrimmage through injury.

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Missouri Places 5 Players On Senior Bowl Watch List

For the first time, the Senior Bowl released a watch list on Thursday with a list of players that may participate in the 2013 edition of college football's most prestigious All-Star game. Among the players on the list are five Missouri Tigers.

Representing the Missouri offense are offensive lineman Elvis Fisher and wide receiver T.J. Moe. Defensively the Tigers had outside linebacker Zaviar Gooden, defensive end Brad Madison and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson all named to the list.

Moe was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list in July, one day before Gooden was named to the Butkus Award watch list.

The Senior Bowl is an annual all-star game that is coached by NFL coaches and features a slew of NFL scouts and talent evaluators there to observe some of the nation's top talent prior to the NFL Draft.

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Jack Meiners Injury: Missouri OL Leaves Practice With Left Leg Injury

Mizzou senior right guard Jack Meiners was taken off the field during a Thursday scrimmage with an apparent injury to his left leg. According to Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune, head coach Gary Pinkel said it was a strained left knee, though later reports from College Football News indicated it could be a high ankle sprain.

Meiners has played in every Mizzou football game in his three years in Columbia, earning seven starts at left guard last season, and was widely considered one of the most important pieces of the Tiger offense for 2012. He becomes the third injured contributor on Mizzou's offensive line, joining guard Travis Ruth (torn tricep) and tackle Taylor Chappell (torn ACL). Those losses make up 14 of Mizzou's 68 returning offensive line starts and leave the team woefully thin across the front line. Matter reports that junior Max Copeland moved to right guard following Meiners' injury, with freshman Evan Boehm taking snaps at left guard.

Mizzou opens its season against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 1, and is scheduled to face sixth-ranked Georgia the following week in its first game as a member of the SEC.

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James Franklin Must Be Healthy For Missouri Tigers' Success In SEC

In his junior season, James Franklin racked up 2,865 passing yards, 981 rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns while participating in every game. However, that's not to say it was a healthy season for Missouri's starting quarterback, who listed injuries to his knee, ankle, hamstring, hip, ribs, chest, thumb, fingers neck and shoulder when asked to talk about the 2011 season.

Now Franklin is entering his senior season, the first year in the SEC for the Missouri Tigers, and the priority for the team is to keep the quarterback healthy.

Despite being a mobile quarterback that is a sturdy 6-2, 225 pounds, Franklin admits he was hit far too often in the pocket. "The only thing I got last year from running the ball was a sprained ankle and some jammed fingers," Franklin told Joe Walljasper of the Columbia Tribune. "All my other injuries came from being hit in the pocket. That's my defense."

With 18 sacks taken in 2011, Franklin was hit too often and will have to make cutting down that number a priority in 2012.

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Missouri's Marcus Lucas Has Something To Prove In 2012

Missouri Tigers wide receiver Marcus Lucas is heading into his junior season looking to contribute in a bigger way than he did as a rookie and a sophomore.

ESPN.com's Edward Aschoff included Lucas on his list of players in the SEC East with a point to prove:

Offensive coordinator David Yost said this spring that he tried to get Lucas on the field as much as possible last fall because of his speed and playmaking ability. The result was 23 catches for 414 yards and five touchdowns. Now, Yost wants more. Lucas admits he slacked some during his first years, but insists that he's totally dialed in now. Mizzou is still looking for a true downfield passing game and Lucas has what it takes to be a top deep threat in this league. A lot of attention has been paid to highly touted freshman Dorial Green-Beckham, but Mizzou's staff wants -- and needs -- a big year out of Lucas.

Lucas started just three games as a sophomore, but emerged as a deep threat as he got more reps throughout the season.

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Offensive Tackle Mitch Hall Transferring From Ole Miss To Missouri

Mitch Hall, an offensive tackle at Ole Miss, will transfer within the SEC to Missouri. Hall posted a message to his Facebook page announcing the decision (via Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune):

"It's now official," Hall posted. "God is leading me on a new journey and I'm transferring to Missouri. I would like to thank everyone at Ole Miss for everything and best of luck to the Rebels this season."

Hall was a three-star prospect in 2011 who opted to go to Oxford over offers from Mizzou and Arkansas. With new coach Hugh Freeze at the helm, Hall had reportedly dropped to the third-team left tackle spot during Fall camp.

Hall is a 6'6, 315-pound tackle from Russellville, Ark., who will have to sit out the 2012 season, in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

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Missouri Football 2012: Safety Braylon Webb Out 7-10 Days

With less than two weeks until the start of the college football season, the Missouri depth chart is coming into focus for their inaugural campaign in the SEC.

The starting lineup on the defensive side took a hit this weekend, however, as safety Braylon Webb injured his left knee. Webb had arthroscopic surgery for a lateral meniscus tear and is expected to miss seven to 10 days, making him available just before the season opener.

Webb played in 11 games last season and recorded 38 total tackles, including 12 in an overtime win against fellow SEC rookie member Texas A&M. He had settled into the starting free safety spot during Fall camp. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter, junior Matt White replaced him on the first-string defense during Friday's practice.

The Tigers' timetable for his return should have him active and back at practice before the opener, but it's unclear whether he'll be 100 percent and ready to reclaim the starting safety spot. Mizzou opens with Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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Missouri Football 2012: Braylon Webb Undergoes Knee Surgery, According To Report

The Missouri Tigers will be without their projected starting safety for the next 7-10 days, as Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune is reporting that sophomore Braylon Webb underwent a minor procedure to fix a torn meniscus.

Webb's knee was a problem for him throughout the year in 2011, as he missed two games with the tear in the meniscus.

Webb was an All-Big XII Honorable Mention for 2011, in addition to being named Mizzou's Freshman of the Year after making 36 tackles and forcing a fumble in 11 games played (four starts). His health will need to improve before the season, as the team will need all hands on deck with their jump to the SEC beginning in 2012.

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Mizzou Football: T.J. Moe 'Probably' Won't Play In Any Scrimmages

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe was absent from Saturday's scrimmage, but that Moe returned to the practice field on Monday, in a limited capacity.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Stu Durando, Moe probably won't be participating in any of Missouri's scrimmages, leading up to Missouri's Week-1 matchup on Sept. 1, against Southeastern Louisiana.

Moe is listed atop of Mizzou's depth chart at the 'H' position. Moe led the team in 2011 with 649 receiving yards in 2011, and also hauled in four touchdown passes.

There's certainly no reason to push Moe, as hamstring injuries can linger, so having him healthy for the regular season seems like the priority.

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Missouri Football: Injury Report For Practice Includes T.J. Moe

One notable absence from the Missouri Tigers football team's Saturday scrimmage was T.J. Moe, the team's top receiver on the depth chart who sat out with a hamstring injury. But Moe returned the field in a limited capacity Monday when the Tigers returned to the practice field.

The Tigers will definitely want Moe healthy for quarterback James Franklin. As a sophomore in 2010, Moe brought in 92 catches last year for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns. His numbers went down in 2011, but he still led the team with 649 yards receiving and four touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown.

Plus, the Tigers saw two other wide receivers banged up in Monday's practice, L'Damian Washington (bruised shoulder) and Jimmie Hunt (sprained foot).

The Tigers will hold a single session in full pads Tuesday morning, followed by a double-session Wednesday, leading up to the second major scrimmage of fall camp on Thursday morning.

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Missouri Football: Dorial Green-Beckham Earning Praise From Gary Pinkel

With all eyes transfixed on freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham as he acclimates himself to Missouri's spread attack, it's only a matter of time before coaches and teammates alike begin to stop and take notice of the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2012's immense physical gifts.

And after what could be described as a slow start in camp, Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed on Monday that his star receiver's play is really starting to pick up as the pace of practice begins to increase. "He’s playing better," Pinkel told The Kansas City Star. "You’ve got to be able to just go and fly...we know he can do that. And today, after his first scrimmage, I thought he really upped it a bit."

Green-Beckham is touted as having 4.4 speed to go with his massive 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame, and is expected to wreak havoc in the Tigers' pass-heavy system from all parts of the field. Pinkel knows full well that the No. 1 recruit in America doesn't exactly waltz on through Missouri's campus like this on a yearly basis, so it's a safe bet that Pinkel and his staff are prepared to throw as much as possible at their talented youngster right away.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/08/13/3760716/pinkel-sees-improvement-in-green.html#storylink=cpy

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Missouri Football: Former JuCo Star Markus Golden Cleared To Play For Tigers

Mizzou's Markus Golden was cleared by the NCAA and practiced for the first time Sunday.

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