Five Headlines for This Season
Mauk's time to shine — Quarterback Maty Mauk led the Tigers to three wins in his four starts last season as a redshirt freshman, replacing injured starting quarterback James Franklin. Now that Franklin is in the NFL, Mauk will have to take up the reins of the starting quarterback position as a redshirt sophomore. Next season's success will rest largely on his shoulders to carry on last year's success.
Old faces, new places — Many notable Missouri players will be moving on. Quarterback James Franklin went to the Detroit Lions. Defensive lineman Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. Running back Henry Josey became an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles. Wide receiver Marcus Lucas was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent.
Attacking the quarterback — Keeping Missouri's strong defensive reputation for the 2014 season will be a top priority. With Michael Sam's departure to the NFL, it's defensive lineman Markus Golden'sturn to put fear in every quarterback's eyes. Golden has been named to the 2014 Preseason All-SEC Second Team Defense and named to two watch lists for two different awards: the Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Welcome home — A.J.Ricker will return to his alma mater as the new offensive line coach. Bruce Walker, the former co-offensive line coach, retired in July. Ricker played under head coach Gary Pinkel for three seasons as the center. Prior to coming to Missouri, Ricker coached at the University of Illinois as the offensive line coach.
A new era in the SEC — Missouri, in its third season in the SEC, helped celebrate the launch of the new SEC Network on Aug. 14. The network announced its football schedule for the first four weeks, and will show the University of Central Florida at home against Missouri on Sept. 13.