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As Mizzou takes its national-best record to the Rice Invitational this weekend, it is off to its best start since 2005. In 2005, that team wound up advancing the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done for this year's group, but there are a lot of similarities between this year's group and the 2005 team. We will break them down on the VolleyBlog today.
As Mizzou takes its national-best record to the Rice Invitational this weekend, it is off to its best start since 2005. In 2005, that team wound up advancing the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done for this year's group, but there are a lot of similarities between this year's group and the 2005 team. We will break them down on the VolleyBlog today.

#MizzouMade: Tigers in the NFL - Week 1

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Mizzou Football's deep pipeline into the NFL continues for the 2013 season, and MUTigers.com brings you weekly updates at the #MizzouMade blog. The following is a breakdown of what former Tigers are currently accomplishing at the highest level of football.
  Tim Barnes (2007-10)
Center Appeared in the Rams' opening week 27-24 win over Arizona with the special teams unit.
  Beau Brinkley (2008-11)
LS / TE Served as team's primary long snapper in the 16-9 upset victory at Pittsburgh.
  Colin Brown (2004-08)
OT Made third career start at guard for the Bills' offensive line in the 23-21 setback vs. New England.
  Chase Coffman (2005-08)
TE Appeared in the Falcons' season-opening setback vs. New Orleans (27-24), but did not record a reception.
  Chase Daniel (2005-08)
QB Did not play, backup to newly acquired starting QB Alex Smith.
  Kip Edwards (2008-12)
DB Signed with BUF as an UDFA. Recorded nine tackles in 2013 preseason. Released in final cut to 53-man roster, signed to CLE practice squad.
  Michael Egnew (2008-11)
TE Earned his first career start in Week 1, a 23-10 win at Cleveland, however did not make a reception.
  Blaine Gabbert (2008-10)
QB Threw for 121 yards and completed 16 passes, before leaving with an injury in the fourth quarter.
  Andrew Gachkar (2007-10)
LB Picked up one solo tackle in limited action vs. Houston, a 31-28 setback.
  Zaviar Gooden (2008-12)
LB Currently battling an ankle injury and missed team's season-opener.
  Dominique Hamilton (2007-11)
DL Signed to Washington's practice squad on Sept. 18, 2012. Appeared in three 2013 preseason games, accumulating three total tackles.
  Ziggy Hood (2005-08)
DL Finished with three solo tackles in the Steelers' 16-9 setback to the Titans.
  Jeremy Maclin (2006-08)
WR Out for the 2013 season on injured reserve after injuring his knee in preseason camp.
  William Moore (2004-08)
Safety Starting safety and second on the team with seven solo tackles in a setback against the Saints, a 23-17 loss.
  C.J. Mosley (2001-04)
DL Recorded two solo tackles on the Lions' defensive front in a 34-24 victory vs. Minnesota.
  Sheldon Richardson (2011-12)
DL In NFL debut, finished with seven total tackles and 0.5 sack in a thrilling 18-17 win vs. Tampa Bay.
  Kevin Rutland (2006-10)
DB Made three total tackles (two solo) in two preseason games. Did not play in regular season-opener.
  Aldon Smith (2008-10)
LB Fresh off a breakout 2012 campaign, recorded 1.5 sacks and five total tackles in the 38-28 victory over Green Bay.
  Brad Smith (2001-05)
QB / WR Placed on Buffalo's injured reserve list prior to the season.
  Justin Smith (1998-2000)
DT A 49ers defensive mainstay, tallied three total tackles, including one solo tackle in the 38-28 win vs. Green Bay. VIDEO: FORCED FUMBLE
  Sean Weatherspoon (2006-09)
LB Starting linebacker, finished with seven total tackles, including five solo efforts in the 23-17 setback to New Orleans.

You can mark it on your calendar every year: the first Sunday of fall camp means Fan Day, and Tigers were out in full force on Faurot Field Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers hit the Kadlec Practice Fields on Thursday afternoon for the first time in preparation for the 2013 season. Here's what everyone who was there had to say:

Blogging with Becca: The Final Edition

 

So it's the last week of summer training and therefore, my last edition of Blogging with Becca! I want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who read my posts and kept up with the team this summer. I've had an absolute blast being your little Mizzou gymnastics messenger for the last eight weeks!

 

Speaking of, I'm sitting here wondering where the last 8 weeks went... the summer just flew by! But not too fast for us to be apart of some awesome events. Jordyn Wieber came into towIMG_0571.JPGn last weekend for the opening ceremonies of the Show Me State Games. She did a clinic at the TPC with a couple local gyms and signed autographs at a luncheon for aspiring gymnasts at the MATC. She shared her inspiring 'never give up, never give in' story from her Olympic experience and we felt honored to get to meet her.

 

Throughout the summer, the team has made some amazing progress in all aspects of our training. Our morning conditioning has included some of the hardest workouts this team has ever done, and we can say that in turn, we are stronger than we've ever been. We had weight lifting Tuesday morning and had several girls reach personal records. We finished out our summer training with our very favorite team competition called Bamboozle, and loved every second of it! Overall, Jackson has greatly improved our fitness level and prepared us incredibly well for what is to come in the fall.

 

The gym is the place where we've seen the most change this summer, and we've truly adjusted well! With three new coaches and a new training plan, the team is feeling so motivated to continue our progress into pre-season and take some huge steps forward. We know that we will be prepared to compete with confidence in the SEC and that is a great place to end the summer.

 

So after lots of time spent flipping in the gym, running on the football field, shivering in the cold tubs, drinking chocolate milk, studying by the pool, and bonding as a Tiger fam, we are headed home for a couple weeks to rest and enjoy time with family and friends.

 

Sending love and flips from the Mizzou gymnastics team. Have a wonderful rest of the summer and see y'all in the fall!

 

Johnson out.

Blogging with Becca: The Final Edition

 

So it's the last week of summer training and therefore, my last edition of Blogging with Becca! I want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who read my posts and kept up with the team this summer. I've had an absolute blast being your little Mizzou gymnastics messenger for the last eight weeks!

 

Speaking of, I'm sitting here wondering where the last 8 weeks went... the summer just flew by! But not too fast for us to be apart of some awesome events. Jordyn Wieber came into towIMG_0571.JPGn last weekend for the opening ceremonies of the Show Me State Games. She did a clinic at the TPC with a couple local gyms and signed autographs at a luncheon for aspiring gymnasts at the MATC. She shared her inspiring 'never give up, never give in' story from her Olympic experience and we felt honored to get to meet her.

 

Throughout the summer, the team has made some amazing progress in all aspects of our training. Our morning conditioning has included some of the hardest workouts this team has ever done, and we can say that in turn, we are stronger than we've ever been. We had weight lifting Tuesday morning and had several girls reach personal records. We finished out our summer training with our very favorite team competition called Bamboozle, and loved every second of it! Overall, Jackson has greatly improved our fitness level and prepared us incredibly well for what is to come in the fall.

 

The gym is the place where we've seen the most change this summer, and we've truly adjusted well! With three new coaches and a new training plan, the team is feeling so motivated to continue our progress into pre-season and take some huge steps forward. We know that we will be prepared to compete with confidence in the SEC and that is a great place to end the summer.

 

So after lots of time spent flipping in the gym, running on the football field, shivering in the cold tubs, drinking chocolate milk, studying by the pool, and bonding as a Tiger fam, we are headed home for a couple weeks to rest and enjoy time with family and friends.

 

Sending love and flips from the Mizzou gymnastics team. Have a wonderful rest of the summer and see y'all in the fall!

 

Johnson out.

Blogging With Becca: More Camp!

 

Camp Week Number Two!

 

It was another successful Mizzou Gymnastics Camp Week! 124 gymnasts packed the TPC...which, by the way, officially has mirrors!!! They look incredible. Now we just have to deck out the top of the mirror wall and the other walls with painted tiger stripes and banners to make it our perfect little home. Time to start thinking of creative designs!

 

Like last camp week, this post is coming to you straight from a Lathrop Hall dorm bed. Staying in the dorms with the kiddos again! They have lots of energy and filled up an entire wipe board with achieved goals for the week. We had a great night of swimming at the Rec on Tuesday, a little water balloon fun on Wednesday night and then Thursday was skit night. And your own Tiger gymnasts did a little dance of their own. Let's just say Justin Bieber made an appearance at the TPC and it was legendary.

 

We still had 7a.m. workouts with Coach  Jackson this week and practiced in the gym during dinner breaks. It was the first full week of workouts for the freshmen and they are doing awesome. All of them are adjusting well to the college life and getting a taste of CoMo summer heat! After a great week of camp, we are looking forward to a restful weekend and then another full week coming up!