Show your Mizzou spirit wherever you go this spring break! We want to see photos of you sporting Mizzou gear whether you’re lying on a beach, skiing the slopes or back home in rural Missouri.

Share your best photos of you and your friends wearing Mizzou gear on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #MizzouNation. @MizzouFootball will repost the best photos throughout the week. The contest starts Saturday, March 22, and winners will be announced on Monday, March 31.

Winners will be chosen based on three categories and win a football signed by Mizzou Football Coach Gary Pinkel.

Maybe you’re going somewhere exotic like Mexico or the Caribbean. Maybe you’re doing something awesome, like skydiving or parasailing. Or maybe, you just love Mizzou and love showing your Mizzou spirit wherever you go. We’ll be rewarding prizes for best location, most creative photo and best display of Mizzou spirit.

Go ahead and get started today! Just remember to take any photos using #MizzouNation, and tell us where you are, what you’re doing and why you love the Mizzou Tigers.

The MU Staff Advisory Council surprised Associate Head Football Coach Andy Hill with the Mizzou Alumni Association Award for Alumni Relations Excellence on Tuesday, March 18.

Hill, AndyHill, BA ’85, is a true son of Mizzou. He has dedicated 17 years so far to the Mizzou Football Family, and he has served as a university ambassador since he played wide receiver for the Tigers from 1980-1984. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame this past January.

“Whether at a speaking engagement or selling the University of Missouri to prospective student-athletes, Andy is constantly building relationships with future, current and former Missouri students,” Hill’s nominator said.

Hill is known for his outgoing personality and deep knowledge of the university, and his words and actions help his fellow alumni develop a special connection to Mizzou. Each year, Hill helps plan and coordinate the Football Player Reunion during the team’s annual spring game, and the event continues to grow as a result of his positive relationships with other former student-athletes.

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Andy Hill has coached 12 seasons under Gary Pinkel and 17 seasons overall at the University of Missouri, making him the longest-tenured coach in the Mizzou Football Family. Since joining the Mizzou staff in 1996 as the receivers coach, Hill has coached several of the most prolific pass catchers in the nation, including Justin Gage, Jeremy Maclin, Jerrell Jackson, Michael Egnew, T.J. Moe, Danario Alexander, and of course, last season’s trio of Marcus Lucas, L’Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham.

Hill also doubles as a highly successful recruiter, primarily in the Kansas City and mid-Missouri areas, as he’s been responsible for landing big names like Martin Rucker, 2008 Mackey Award Winner Chase Coffman and Tony Temple, among numerous others. He was named by as one of the top 10 recruiters in the Big 12 Conference for 2007.

Hill will officially receive his award during Staff Recognition Week, May 19-23.

Mizzou Football sent a record seven players to the 2014 NFL Combine and is one of the most talked-about programs in the country. As a result, major networks like Fox Sports 1, ESPN and NFL Network were in Columbia on Thursday for Mizzou’s Pro Day.

Needless to say, they were all impressed.

“I think Mizzou’s Pro Day actually, not to slight all the other schools we’ve been to, but I think it was the most efficiently run Pro Day that I’ve ever been to,” ESPN Analyst Kelly Stouffer said.

It wasn’t only the event Stouffer was impressed with. The players are what really stole the show. From the weight room in the MATC to Devine Pavilion, there were cameras everywhere.

“There’s a lot more cameras than there were at my Pro Day last year,” said former Mizzou defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. “There’s a reason why the cameras are here today, and there’s a reason why it’s televised live. Kony Ealy, Michael Sam, James Franklin, Henry Josey, everybody’s been ballin’. It’s been a great year to watch them play football. “

And as much as the media and former Tigers enjoyed the show that Mizzou and its 2014 draft hopefuls put on, no one had more fun than the Pro Day participants themselves.

“Overall today, everybody did good,” running back Henry Josey said. “We had a great time with each other, we had fun, and we enjoyed doing what we love doing, and as a result, everything just came easy to us.”

Check out more highlights from Mizzou Pro Day on ESPN, Twitter, Instagram.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we bring you the man credited for bringing in the highest-ranking Mizzou Tiger recruit class in program history: Offensive Line Coach Bruce Walker.
The Tigers ranked 21st in the nation for the hard-earned, star-studded class of 2010. However, Walker has overseen plenty of accomplished years in the search-and-recruit line of work, such as all-state defensive end Brian Smith in 2002 and all-state wide receiver Thompson Omboga in 2001. And for four years, Walker worked with the best pair of tight ends in the nation, Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman. Their performances in 2007 brought Mizzou an award-winning and unforgettable season.
Follow Coach Walker on Twitter @MU_Coach_Walker, and see which star recruits he’s lined up for the upcoming seasons!

Ever wonder what the Mizzou kickers and punters do in practice?

So does the rest of the Mizzou football team.

Linebacker Mike Sherer didn’t even know that the specialists came to practice.

“I thought they watched film inside or something,” Sherer said. “I see them at the beginning when they kick and punt, but I thought they go back inside after that.”

Safety Ian Simon even wishes he was a kicker sometimes so that he wouldn’t have to go through the grueling drills in practice.

Quarterback Trent Hosick also acknowledges the “good life” that the kickers have, but he appreciates the hard work they put in helping everyone else get better.

”Because the kickers don’t do anything, they help us out with our drills,” Hosick said. “When we’re in the beginning of individual period, there’s no space for them to be kicking, so they catch passes for us.”

Kicker Andrew Baggett isn’t refuting the shots that his teammates are taking. And he’s not complaining either. While the rest of the team is going all out and getting yelled at by coaches, the kickers and punters are enjoying leisurely “punting games.”

The specialists engage in multiple punting games, but in this one, the object is to simply punt it as high into the stands as possible. The lowest punt loses, and the player with the lowest total punts after a couple of rounds has to retrieve the balls.

And then when they get bored of their games, they just walk around practice and play catch.

Regardless of all the smack that the Tigers talk about their kickers and punters, and how much they doubt their physical exertion during practice, the one thing they don’t doubt is their ability to perform under pressure. And for that, they are very much appreciative.

“There’s not a player on the field that’s under more pressure, more scrutiny than a kicker,” Hosick said. “You’ve got to have a guy who’s ice cold back there, and we’re confident with the guys we’ve got.”

Since Gary Pinkel took over in 2001, Mizzou has had some phenomenal kickers, most notably, Jeff Wolfert, Grant Ressel and the current Tiger kicker, Andrew Baggett.

All three joined the program as walk-ons, and all three developed into cold-blooded marksmen.

Wolfert earned a spot on the squad in 2006, and Mizzou single season records for field goals (18), points by a kicker (99), consecutive PATs (45) and field goal percentage (90%). In 2007 he was awarded with a sholarship, and set the all-time Mizzou single-season scoring record with 130 points on 21 field goals and 67 extra points. In 2008, Wolfert completed his collegiate career by breaking his own scoring record, scoring 133 points on 20 field goals and 73 extra point attempts.

Ressel took over in 2009, and didn’t miss a beat. He made 26-of-27 field goals and 39-of-30 PATs, setting a new single-season record for the NCAA best combined kick accuracy (98.5%). He also led the NCAA in field goal percentage and earned First Team All-American honors. In 2010, Ressel hit 17 field goals, 45 extra points, and was a Lou Groza Award Semifinalist, as he also was in 2009.

Baggett took the helm in 2012 following Ressel’s graduation, and picked up right where the former All-American left off. In his first year as a starter, Baggett nailed 14 field goals, 33 PATs, and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. In 2013 he was even better, hitting 18 field goals and 66 PATs, and was particularly impressive from long range, making six of his eight attempts from 40-49 yards. Baggett returns in 2014 as the starter for the third straight season, and will look to improve on an already stellar career.

It is no secret that the Mizzou football program considers its members a family. That applies both in times of endearment and in times of tough love. Ultimately, everyone must be willing to make tremendous sacrifices for the good of the family. Because we ride together, fly together and die together.

As in any family, a true brotherhood in this sense, a covenant must be made. Rules and guidelines must be formulated, and then those conditions must be carried out in the real world to the best of the family’s ability. For this to be done, each individual member must learn to take on the personal challenges, standards, and promises that he must follow through on. You will always have your brothers—they are what get you through the hard times. But in the end, the only successful discipline resides within the one you have instilled with yourself.


At first, we must understand what a covenant is. A covenant is an agreement that binds people together. In the Mizzou football program, there are only two options pertaining the commitment to our Family Covenant. It is simple. You are either 100% IN, or you are 100% OUT. A life in between that is an uncertain life, an undisciplined life.

Next, there is the definition of family, and it is also simple: A group of individuals related by a feeling of closeness. Yes, if it were not for athletics, you might have never come to know this program, or more importantly, this family. However, that is what makes this so special and this opportunity so great. Not only are you working hard to achieve success on the field, but you are also putting just as much work into the man off the field.

So, without further adieu, here is the Missouri Family Covenant—your covenant, if you should choose to commit to it.


  1. You are committed to excellence not only as an athlete, but also as a student-athlete. Your success and achievements are for the FAMILY.
  2. All individuals’ goals and accomplishments are secondary to the FAMILY’S success. Jealousy, selfishness and individualism are extremely destructive to the family. 
  3. You will abide by FAMILY policy, rules and regulations. If not, this place might not be for you. We are serious.
  4. You will not participate in cliques or segmented groups that destroy the FAMILY concept and unity. ALL FAMILY members must be supported at ALL times.
  5. A Missouri Tiger football player gives his all, all the time. He NEVER gives up and NEVER gives in.
  6. You MUST have a winning attitude. Can your teammates TRUST you?

Communication between coaches and players is very important. COMMUNICATION = TRUST = ACCOUNTABILITY. 

COMMITMENT to the Player Development Program and the Team Bottom Line

  • We are Enthusiastic
  • We are 6-second competitors
  • We know our assignments
  • We play tough and physical 

Care about the FAMILY

You must care about winning and make the personal sacrifices so your FAMILY can win.

Lastly, remember this: If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Fifteen Mizzou Made Tigers will have a shot to impress NFL coaches and scouts on Thursday, March 20 at Mizzou’s annual Pro Day.

Pro Day is one of the biggest events of the spring football season. Scouts from all 32 NFL teams will be present, in addition to many head coaches and general managers. Everybody who’s anybody in the NFL will be in Columbia, Mo., on Thursday. 

Pro Day is basically a university’s version of the NFL Combine. It is a chance for players who weren’t invited to Indianapolis to sneak onto the NFL radar and an opportunity for those who did attend the combine to solidify or improve their draft stock.

Mizzou Pro Day March 20 2014

While every Division I university in the nation has a Pro Day, Mizzou is known for having one of the best. From an organizational and preparation standpoint, NFL coaches always leave Columbia impressed. Everyone in attendance receives a media guide, list of the 2013 draft seniors, list of the 2014 rising seniors, spring practice schedule, 2014 fall schedule and 2013 on-field and strength and conditioning statistics. And everything — from breakfast to Q&As with trainers to measurements and drills — is laid out in a very organized schedule, a schedule that is followed to a T year after year.

And while the Pro Day that Mizzou puts on is second to none, the players who participate in it are even more impressive. Since 2009, the Tigers have been No. 3 nationally in first-round picks, and that ranking is expected to improve.

Players will be evaluated in six drills:

  • 225 Bench Press Test
  • 40 yard dash
  • 3-Cone Drill
  • I-Test
  • Vertical Jump
  • Standing Long Jump

The Bench Press is a measure of strength and muscle endurance. The athlete sets up with 225 lbs. and attempts to complete as many repetitions as possible. The biggest thing scouts are looking for in this drill is stamina, as the number of reps an athlete can hit consecutively is a strong indicator of how often he has frequented the weight room during his college career. Upper-body strength is important for players in the trenches, as they use that strength to block or rip away from offensive linemen on every play.

The 40-yard dash is all about speed and explosion. The athlete starts from a static position with both hands on the ground, much like a track runner, and sprints 40-yards in a straight line. Times range depending on position groups, as running backs and receivers aim to be around the 4.5 second mark, while lineman try to crack 5.0. Although the long-term impact is hard to determine, draft stocks can skyrocket with an impressive performance in the 40-yard dash.

The 3-Cone Drill tests an athlete’s ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones are placed in an L-shape. The athlete starts from the starting line, goes 5-yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes. Athletes who finish with strong times in the drill are typically able to quickly navigate their way around corners without losing momentum and can also completely change direction quickly.

The I-Test, or Pro Agility Shuttle, assesses a player’s quickness and ability to change directions. Three marker cones are placed along a line five yards apart. The athlete straddles the middle line and puts one hand down in a three-point stance. He starts by either going left or right, touches the line 5-yards away, runs 10-yards in the opposite direction and touches the far line, and then finally turns and finishes by running back through the start/finish line. The 20-yard shuttle does a good job of measuring lateral quickness and mobility in short bursts of speed and acceleration.

The Vertical Jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. Before the test, the athlete stands flat-footed and his reach is measured. He then jumps vertically without stepping and hits a group of plastic flags above him. The differential between the reach and the highest flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement. Along with measuring an athlete’s jumping ability, which can win him a jump ball in the end zone, the true value of a strong vertical jump is that it shows a player’s ability to burst off the line of scrimmage with lower body strength.

Mizzou Pro Day March 20 2014The Standing Long Jump measures lower-body explosion, lower-body strength and balance. The athlete starts out with a stationary, balanced stance and then explodes out as far as he can.Once he lands, he must hold his position without falling over or becoming unbalanced. A player’s ability to jump forward is rarely going to be put to use on a football field, but his burst and short-area quickness are used on every play.

Along with the measurable tests, Pro Day can be very telling in other ways. Many coaches go to see how a player interacts with his teammates and coaches to determine if they would be a good fit in their locker room.

Additionally, an athlete’s performance at Pro Day can say a lot about his work ethic. In the month since the NFL Combine, players have had a chance to work out on their own to try and improve on their performance in Indianapolis. And for the players who weren’t invited to the combine, they have had three months to improve. How they perform on Thursday will prove just how bad they want it and what they’ve been willing to do to obtain it.

The 15 Mizzou Tigers competing on Thursday are ready to prove they want it more than anything.

How to Watch

You can watch Mizzou’s Pro Day in its entirety starting at 10:30 a.m. here.

For additional coverage, check out:

  • @mizzoufootball on Twitter and Instagram
  • NFL Network (starting at 8 a.m.)
  • ESPN
  • Fox Sports 1

Logan Cheadle is a rookie freshman cornerback from Lees Summit, Mo. At 5’10”, 173 lbs., Cheadle chose Mizzou over offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, and Northern Illinois.

Cheadle is among five Tigers to enroll early at the University of Missouri in time for spring football. He says he’s made a pretty smooth transition onto the team with the help of his “big brother,” redshirt freshman cornerback Anthony Sherrils.

“They do a pretty good job with helping the early enrollees get comfortable with everything, setting us up with big brothers like Anthony here, and they really make us feel comfortable to be around the team,” Cheadle says.

Cornell Ford is the cornerback coach for Cheadle and Sherrils.

“Coach Ford is cool – he’s real cool,” Cheadle says. “I like to see that when I got here, not a lot changed from when I was getting recruited. He’s the same guy.”

With one week of spring practices behind him, Cheadle already has a list of things he can improve on.

“I’ve got to get more physical, and I got to put more weight on, obviously. So I got to do that this summer: get in the weight room, eat a lot and then work on getting more physical,” Cheadle says.

Cheadle was ranked the No. 18 best prospect in the state by and No. 11 by as a recruit for the 2014 season.