COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - It's a new year and the same old story at Missouri, coming off a 12-win season and once again lightly-regarded. Time to show 'em all - again.
Getting picked to finish fourth in the Eastern Division should serve as motivation for a school being marked down because of the long list of players who have departed.
Nine players are in NFL camps, including first-round pick Kony Ealy, second-rounder Justin Britt and SEC co-defensive player of the year Michael Sam.
Coach Gary Pinkel points out before that stinker of a 5-7 debut in the Southeastern Conference that was sabotaged by key injuries, the Tigers had played in seven consecutive bowl games. Though there are nine returning starters, seven others have starting experience and both specialists are back.