May 23, 2008

Touring the Big 12: Missouri Tigers

There's a reason Gary Pinkel sounds like a veteran in addressing the soaring expectations that surround Missouri entering the fall: Pinkel was here a year ago. Just as chemistry, poise and talent helped the preseason favorite Tigers capture the Big 12 North for the first time in league history and finish with a school-record 12 wins and a No. 4 national ranking, Pinkel believes his team has all of the ingredients to do it again. And for good reason.

Briefly: Goal No. 1, win the Big 12 North

There was something different about the Missouri spring game on April 19. The cast? That was virtually the same. A majority of the 16 returning starters, including certain preseason Heisman candidates Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin, and likely preseason All-American Chase Coffman were on display and determined to conclude workouts carrying plenty of momentum.

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