Tammy Kaufhold is one of nearly 200 residents of Friendswood, Texas, that have made the trip to Houston to support native son and Missouri linebacker Will Ebner. Along with a few friends she was responsible for a massive tailgate designed to provide a warm Texas welcome to the parents and families of the Missouri players.
People don't like to see players get hurt, especially when it means losing a final chance to play in front of fans. But seniors starters do not like to be figures of sympathy.
The Texas Bowl allowed Missouri wideout Jared Perry, from La Marque, Texas, to make up for the Senior Day game he missed in Columbia due to injury.
The Missouri band left Columbia at 6 p.m. Tuesday and arrived in Houston for Thursday's Texas Bowl at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Missouri's Texas Bowl appearance is the team's fourth straight bowl game in the state of Texas, and there are about 50 combined players from the state on the Navy and Missouri rosters. For Missouri coach Gary Pinkel the return trip to Texas, and a chance for many of his players to play close to home are some of the most important elements of the week.
Navy junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs knows all of his teammates are leaders. As military officers-in-training, they know what accountability is. During the game, Dobbs must lead the others.
Residing on the opposite pole of Missouri's spread offense, the scrunched Midshipmen wishbone is one of the most unique in all of college football. And after 12 weeks of seeing spacious offenses that have become commonplace in the modern era of the game, Thursday's Texas Bowl has the Missouri defense facing an old-time scheme that presents a whole new set of problems.
In the 2004 Emerald Bowl, the Midshipmen offense ran a 26-play drive for a field goal that lasted 14:26 to set an NCAA record for both number of plays and time elapsed.
Brad Smith returned a kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown.
Sheldon Richardson was widely considered one of the best recruits the Missouri football team has ever attracted. However, academic trouble landed him at College of the Sequoias in California. He hopes to join the Tigers in 2011.
While the recruiting process is time-consuming and arduous, once those players commit to Missouri, some players struggle with the transition from high school football star to bench rider.
Tyler Gabbert’s commitment to play football for Missouri last weekend marks the second time in the past three years a high school quarterback from Ballwin named Gabbert committed to Nebraska only to later switch his college choice to Missouri. But an aborted future in Lincoln is merely the easiest similarity to see between the two brothers who are slated to once again share a sideline next season.
The senior defensive end is one of three finalists.
Missouri football players Danario Alexander and Sean Weatherspoon were named to The Associated Press All-America second team Tuesday.
Missouri accepted a bid to the Texas Bowl, which had the last choice in the Big 12 bowl selection hierarchy. At Missouri's official bowl announcement Sunday evening, coach Gary Pinkel addressed the league's bowl selection system, but only after being asked about it.
Missouri senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, a Texas native, has heard good things about Reliant Stadium, the home of the NFL's Houston Texans, but he has never been to the facility. He will get his first visit when the Tigers play Navy on Dec. 31 in the Texas Bowl.
Missouri athletic department spokesman Chad Moller said Missouri is reaching out to the Sun, Insight, Independence and Texas Bowls with information promoting the Tigers' football team.
Sophomore kicker Grant Ressel was named the Big 12 Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week
Offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory's jerseys have scattered over the years.
Let the argument begin: This year's Danario Alexander vs. last year's Jeremy Maclin.
Some Kansas fans wore Mangino gear in case it was the coach's last game.