After playing through the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, Andrew Jones had his torn labrum repaired. He returns to the Missouri football team's preseason camp with the challenge of getting back into shape.
With the absence of first-round NFL draft pick Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri's linebackers are working to form a new identity and improve for the 2010 season.
Missouri football players Jarrell Harrison and Kenji Jackson are competing for the starting spot at strong safety. They both have starting experience and can boast similar skills. The Tigers coaches say they are stressing consistency in their preseason evaluations.
Despite the 103 degree heat index, hundreds of fans spent Sunday afternoon on Faurot Field, meeting and getting autographs from the 2010 Tigers football team.
Despite the heat, Tiger fans show up at Faurot Field to meet the 2010 football squad.
"Get money" is the slogan tailback Derrick Washington and receiver Jerrell Jackson have made popular in preseason camp. They know it could be misconstrued, but they're not worried. "We don't mean it like that," Washington said. "It's the players' call."
A few true freshmen will see playing time in 2010. Head Coach Gary Pinkel and his coaching staff are using August's preseason camp to evaluate the new players, and make the expert decision to put a redshirt on the first-year players, or to have them on the playing roster.
For each member of the Missouri football team, the start of preseason camp Thursday afternoon meant something different.
Sean Weatherspoon, a second-team All-American last season on the Missouri football team, is impressing his new teammates and coaches as a rookie linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons.
Come October, the classic standard "I'm A Jayhawk" will be revised to account for Nebraska's move to the Big Ten next year and Colorado's move to the Pac-10 next year or in 2012.
The Missouri football team opens preseason camp on Thursday. With the Tigers' first practice comes the first opportunity to begin answering questions about the new season.
Conference realignment dominated college football conversations this summer, but there's plenty of intrigue on the field, too, starting with the Cornhuskers' bid to go out on top in the Big 12's final season before shrinking to 10 teams.
Commissioner Jim Delany expects the Big Ten to hold a championship game next season, when Nebraska joins and brings the league to 12 members.
MU football coach Pinkel addressed several subjects at the Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday in Irving Texas, but did his best to side-step the topic of the 10-team Big 12 and conference realignment.
Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini said the Cornhuskers upcoming move to the Big Ten is a non-issue right now and it's been business as usual for his team. "All I'm concerned about is this fall," he said. "I haven't thought much about the Big Ten to be honest with you."
Nebraska's Tom Osborne will go to the Big Ten athletic directors' meetings next week in Chicago, where divisional alignment and a possible conference championship football game will be among the issues discussed.
"My biggest goal is just to leave a winning legacy," Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson said Monday at the Big 12 media days.
Dan Beebe sat down last week for his first in-depth interview since the breakup of the Big 12 Conference was averted.
A limited number of tickets are available to the Missouri football team's 2010 season opener against Illinois on Sept. 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and will go on sale starting at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Missouri football team is predicted to finish second in the North Division of the Big 12 Conference in the league's preseason media poll.