Is it possible Roger Goddell could be calling Blaine Gabbert's name first on draft day?
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck announced he will return to college for his junior season on Thursday, ending speculation he would enter the NFL Draft.
"I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012," Luck said in a statement.
As a Mizzou fan, why should you care? This means Blaine Gabbert could potentially be the number one pick in April's draft. Nearly every draft "expert," rated Luck as the best quarterback in this year's draft class. Many of those experts, most notably ESPN's Todd McShay, had our boy Blaine ranked second. In a draft loaded with teams needing quarterbacks, Gabbert's draft stock just rose like Ted Williams' job prospects.
Mr. Shizz's Mizzou vs. North Alabama Preview
For those of you not familiar with Mr. Shizz, he's a die-hard Mizzou fan and a pretty damn funny one at that. His hobbies include hazing moans, pwning jaeger shots and watching Mizzou sports teams hit the killswitch. He usually makes "Cropduster," episodes like the one above for every Mizzou basketball game. We're proud to have teamed up with him and will now feature his videos regularly. For some, he's an acquired taste. For others he's just downright hilarious.
As Shizz would say, Mizzou will definitely hit the "killswitch" tonight. My bet is Mizzou wins by 40-plus.
Blaine's NFL decision may surprise some. Then again, it really shouldn't.
Blaine Gabbert leaves Missouri as the second highest rated passer in school history.
Technically, he'll go down in the record books as one of the best quarterbacks in Missouri history. In just two seasons the former five-star recruit racked up an 18-8 record, 40 touchdown passes (3rd best in school history), and nearly 7,000 passing yards (4th best in school history). However, Gabbert was far from an unanimous fan-favorite. Often the subject of message board debates and idiotic and obscene tweets, Gabbert is easily the most polarizing figure in recent Mizzou sports history. Some fans loved him for what he was, others couldn't get past the his five-star label and the fact he wasn't Chase Daniel.
Today, Mizzou's most polarizing man made a polarizing decision when he decided to take his talents to the NFL. Like fans do, some will question the move. Except, there's really nothing to question. Blaine to the NFL is as easy of a decision as throwing to TJ Moe in the clutch. You just do it. Sure, his numbers don't leap off the page. Sure, every pass he's ever thrown has been from the shotgun. However, his case for leaving is still a no-brainer.
At the time, I thought this Kevin Rutland interception was the turning point in the game. (Photo by Christian Petersen, Getty Images)
That game sucked. To put it more accurately, it was frustrating. The beginning was frustrating; the end of the half was frustrating, yet it still looked like Mizzou would pull out the win. When Kevin Rutland picked off Ricky Stanzi along the sideline, I thought Mizzou was on its way to a comfortable victory.
Blaine Gabbert miraculously found Tom Brady’s pocket presence, the defense was making enough plays and receivers were running all over the field like it was 2007. Mizzou gained a 24-20 advantage with 54 seconds to play in the third quarter, yet the way the offense was moving the ball, that lead felt more like 14 points than just four. Midway through the fourth quarter a Mizzou victory seemed all but locked up.no comments
We take a look back at the 10 biggest stories of the 2010 football season. Today we count down numbers 5-1.
TJ Moe's game winning TD against San Diego State set the stage for bigger things to come in 2010. (Photo courtesy of the Columbia Missourian)
5. Mid-Moe Miracle
At the time, it seemed like nothing more than a great play to avoid an embarrassing upset to a no-name opponent. However, as the season progressed, TJ Moe’s incredible catch and run against San Diego State proved to be more and more important. Without that play Missouri doesn’t improve to 3-0. The hype surrounding the MU/OU homecoming game later in the season would have been diminished. I doubt GameDay would have come to Columbia had MU not been unbeaten and ranked 11th in the BCS. Losing to San Diego State would have set this season on a completely different course. Moe’s miracle play kept that from happening.
4. Derrick Washington and Mizzou's off-field issues
Mizzou made headlines all too often this off-season. Between July 2nd and August 28th there were eight incidents of players being dismissed or a team member getting in legal trouble. None dominated headlines more than Derrick Washington’s arrest for sexual assault.
After watching D-Wash in summer scrimmages and fall camp, I can’t explain how good I expected him to be this year. He was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. He was set to have a huge year. Just days after I wrote this article guaranteeing D-Wash would accumulate at least 1,500 yards of total offense this season, he was arrested for sexual assault. His legal troubles dominated headlines and talk around Mizzou. People questioned whether the Missouri offense would be the same. Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy were forced to burn redshirts. The off-season troubles were a huge story line from the 2010 season.
3. Improved Defense
Most people expected Mizzou’s defense to be better this season. But this? No one expected this. Missouri went from one of the nation’s worst defenses to one of the best. The strength of this year’s team is the defense. Who thought we’d be saying that? Missouri’s defense ranks sixth in the nation in points allowed. The D shutout two opponents in one year for the first time since 1973. Missouri recorded 38 sacks, sixth best in the country. They picked off 16 passes. Bottom line, the D was dominant. The D kept Mizzou in games and won others. It was incredible and easily one of the biggest stories of the year.
What a weekend.
2. College GameDay
It was arguably the greatest weekend in the University’s history. All weekend was a national showcase of Mizzou football and the entire university. Missouri set ESPN College GameDay’s attendance record and looked fantastic on TV. A sellout crowd at Faurot was louder than I’ve ever heard it. Gahn McGaffie’s opening kickoff return for a touchdown will live forever in Tiger history. Mizzou knocked off the nation’s number one team. Gary Pinkel got the OU monkey off his back. Fans stormed the field. Goalposts were torn down. It was homecoming. Mizzou couldn’t have looked better on national TV. Additionally, beating Oklahoma that weekend set the stage for a great 2010 season. I will be surprised if there is ever a better game day environment in Columbia than there was on October 23rd, 2010.
1. Conference Expansion
The college GameDay experience is hard to top. It was the buzz of Columbia for the entire semester. However, conference expansion trumps it simply for the impact it had on all of college sports. College sports fans from coast to coast were consumed with expansion talks all summer long as rumors and “reports,” seemed to grow more rampant by the day. Missouri fans thought our Tigers were Big Ten bound. Then it looked as if the Big 12 would disinigrate altogether. Then there rumors of the Mountain West Conference or even the SEC. In the end, the Big 12 lost two teams. Missouri lost two historic opponents. The conference will never be the same.no comments
We take a look back at the 10 biggest stories of the 2010 football season. Today we count down numbers 10-6.
Hosting ESPN's College GameDay and knocking off the number one team in the country? Uh, yeah, that'll make our list.
With finals week and a lot work out of the way, Mizzourah is officially back up and running. Rather than rehash the last few weeks in Mizzou football we’ll jump right into recapping the 2010 season.
This season had more than its fair share of dramatic moments. A rocky off-season. The emergence of new star players. Arguably the biggest home game in school history. Where do these events land in our rankings?
Finally we have a conclusion to the wild goose chase that was Sheldon Richardson's recruitment.
10. The Sheldon Richardson Saga
Whether you follow recruiting or not, you couldn’t help but take at least a passing interest in the Sheldon Richardson drama. Richardson, a 6-4, 300 pound, freak athlete from the St. Louis area began popping up on recruiting radars as early as 2006, the summer prior to his sophomore year of high school. After receiving scholarship offers from nearly every school in the nation, the country’s number four overall recruit ended the drama on signing day of 2009 when he famously selected a Mizzou cap from a table in his high school gym. Except, that was really just the beginning. In June of 2009, word leaked that Richardson wouldn’t qualify for Mizzou academically. One junior college and a commitment turned decommitment from USC later, Richardson is officially a Tiger. Mizzou’s defense already looked good for 2011. Richardson’s commitment only makes the future brighter.
9. Another Bowl Game
Simply making a bowl game no longer registers as news for Mizzou fans. This year’s bowl game will be Mizzou’s sixth straight bowl appearance and seventh in the past eight seasons. Those are both school records. This is just another reminder of how Gary Pinkel and co. have raised the bar in Columbia. The fact that Mizzou was only slightly screwed (by the Cotton Bowl) and not royally, completely F’d over altogether like usual in the bowl process was a pleasant surprise for fans this year. Additionally, this is a fun match-up between two border-states who often battle for recruits. A win in the Insight Bowl and an 11-win season would be a great end to the 2011 season.
8. The nubs Loss
On October 29th Missouri was ranked 6th in the BCS rankings, undefeated, atop the Big 12 and had a very legitimate shot at controlling its own destiny for a berth in the National Championship Game. A loss to the Cornhuskers on October 30th ended all that. As much as their fans don’t want to admit it, this had developed into a competitive and heated rivalry over the course of the past decade. This year’s game had a ton of hype and a ton of implications in the conference and BCS standings. It would have been nice to give them one final blow on their way out. Instead, the nubs will take their talents to the Big Ten’s, “Legends,” division… Sweet name Big Ten.
The nutcases known as the Pelini brothers derailed Mizzou's undefeated season.
7. The Tech Loss
Mizzou won 10 games this year, which was great. However, if there were one game this team would like a “do-over,” for it’s the Texas Tech game. Beat a mediocre Red Raider team and Mizzou would have been Big 12 North champions. It would have played for a Big 12 title. Who knows what could have happened? This game makes the list because of how frustrating it was to watch and for how much it came back to haunt the Tigers. Mizzou could have overcome the loss to the nubs. The Tech loss officially ended Missouri’s hopes at a historically great year.
6. The Emergence of TJ Moe and Michael Egnew
This season TJ Moe and Michael Egnew combined for 160 catches, 1,595 yards, and 10 touchdowns. In their combined three years of experience prior to 2010, the duo combined for nine catches and 55 yards. While neither has the big-play explosiveness of a Jeremy Maclin or Danario Alexander, these two emerged as reliable playmakers that helped fill the void left by Alexander. They were Blaine Gabbert’s go-to guys and they seemed to always come up big when needed. The best news? They’ll both be back next year.
Check back tomorrow as we unveil the top five story lines of the 2010 season.
This photo sums up Missouri's night. (AP photo)
Georgetown played out of their minds. The Hoyas traveled 1,000 miles to a hostile environment and still managed to play a great game. Georgetown shot 15-32 from downtown. They out-rebounded Missouri by 11. They played up to Missouri's pace and never wavered. Despite all this, this game was Missouri's game to lose.no comments
Although it'd be nice, don't expect Missouri to be celebrating a Cotton Bowl victory any time soon. (Photo from the Columbia Missourian).
Mizzou did it. Ever since dropping a winnable game against Texas Tech, the Tigers avoided another slip-up and finished the regular season 10-2. Missouri’s man-handling of an embarrassingly bad kU team capped Mizzou’s third double-digit win season under Gary Pinkel and only the fourth in school history. Considering the question marks heading into the season and all the off-field issues to start the year, it’s an incredible feat. Only six BCS conference school have more wins than Mizzou this season.
But forget celebrating the past. Today Tiger fans everywhere are asking the question, “Now what?” The talk of bowl bids has filled message boards, Twitter, and Facebook.no comments
Mizzou lost its chance of winning a third Big 12 North title in four years as Nebraska beat Colorado today. While this is a disappointment, it comes as no surprise considering how bad Colorado is--Pac 10 bottom feeders they shall be for the next 12-squared years. But, back to the topic on hand, Mizzou fans should not be too upset on this fine Friday night because of how easily they will all be sleeping tonight knowing KU is on the schedule tomorrow.
I am not alone in declaring that MU has absolutely zero, zero, zero chance of losing the game tomorrow against Kansas. This isn't groundbreaking. Turner Gill has been an utter disappointment in his first year. Kansas has less talent than the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs. Todd Reesing no longer plays football (For as much as most MU fans disliked him, he was still a pretty good player. Maybe.) And there's no Kerry Meier (aka the best "make something out of nothing QB turned WR with a towel dangling down my pants" player I have seen in the last few years) or Dezmon Briscoe to throw too.
So, what's going to happen? Mizzou is going to win. Gabbert will play great, but not great enough to convince himself to make the leap to the NFL. Jerrell Jackson will have a touchdown catch. TJ Moe will have two. The Smith's will combine for four sacks. Henry Josey will have a play for over 50+ yards. And Grant Ressel will be perfect on PAT's. Mizzou wins 42-14. Don't believe me? You better start parlaying those bets now, because you are listening to the guy that in the preseason picked bowl-ineligible Texas and Ohio State to be playing for the National Championship.no comments