Lessons From the Field 

By Brandon Hoops of Columbia Business Times

If you ask David Rowe what he remembers about the night he introduced his restaurant to friends and family, he’ll tell you about the hour he spent sitting on top of an air conditioner with questions and doubts churning in his mind.

“By no means was I ready to run a restaurant,” Rowe says. “There’s no way.”

Despite the disastrous trial run, Rowe wasn’t about to walk away. Frustration became resolution in the chill of that December night in 2002. Not all learning processes are smooth, he told himself. Sometimes there are rough spots, even very rough ones. He had to get better. He had to toughen up.

Starting a new restaurant was the next challenge for Rowe to persevere through, like when he walked on to play football at MU even though people thought he was too small, or like when he beat the odds and returned for his senior season after being diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Read more about #MizzouMade David Rowe in the September 2015 issue of Columbia Business Times:

Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Richaud Floyd speaks with Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Thomas Richard about who would play him in the movie of his life, his favorite dessert, and what animal he is most like after the Mizzou Football scrimmage in The ZOU on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Columbia, Mo.

Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Justin Smith speaks with Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Eric Laurent about his favorite superhero, his favorite genre of movie, and who inspired him to play football after practice in The ZOU on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Columbia, Mo.

Brothers, Mauk earn spot on second team while Boehm and Hansbrough named third team


COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football had four standouts named All-SEC by the league’s 14 coaches, as announced by the Southeastern Conference office on Tuesday. Earning a spot on the All-SEC Second Team was LB Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie, Texas) and QB Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio) while C Evan Boehm (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and RB Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas) were named All-SEC Third Team.

The All-SEC honorees were voted on by the league’s 14 coaches with coaches not being able to vote for their own players. For Boehm and Brothers, this marks the second time that they have been named All-SEC this summer after each earned third team honors from the media back in July.

Brothers, the SEC’s top returning tackler from a season ago, accounted for 122 total tackles in 2015 (62 solo) while totaling 5.0 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and a team-leading three forced fumbles. He started all 14 games a season ago and was an All-SEC Second Team pick by the Associated Press.  He has been named to the Bednarik, Nagurski and Butkus Award Watch Lists this summer.

A veteran QB, Mauk is 14-4 in 18 career games as a starter and helped guide Mizzou to a second consecutive SEC East Division Championship in 2014. Mauk threw for 25 touchdowns last season and rushed for two more, accounting for 2,648 total passing yards and 3,021 yards of total offense. Mauk’s 2,648 passing yards a season ago are the third-most of any returning SEC quarterback. He was named to the Maxwell and Manning Award Watch Lists earlier this summer as well.

Boehm started all 14 games a season ago, anchoring an offensive line that was a key cog in an 11-3 season and a second consecutive SEC East Championship. He has started 40 consecutive games across the Mizzou offensive line, dating back to the 2012 season before shifting to the center spot full time in 2013. Boehm was a First Team Freshman All-American by College Football News at left guard in 2012. Boehm has been named to the Rimington and Outland Award Watch Lists this summer.

A veteran tailback who has rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in his Mizzou career, Hansbrough is on the Maxwell Award Watch List for the first time in his career. He led Mizzou with his first 1,000-yard season in 2014, totaling 1,084 yards, a mark that ranked sixth in the SEC despite starting just three games – he was also seventh in the SEC in rush yards per game. He was SEC Offensive Player of the Week and National Tailback of the Week following a 199-yard outburst at Texas A&M, the 10th-best single-game rush total in program history. Hansbrough has landed on three major award watch lists this summer as well: the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

Mizzou returns to the practice field on Tuesday, August 25 with classes beginning. For all the latest on Mizzou Football,  follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouFootball). Be sure to like the team on Facebook (Mizzou Football) and Instagram (@MizzouFootball) as well.

Mizzou Football Placekicker/Punter Corey Fatony shares his favorite Will Ferrell movie and his biggest celebrity crush alongside his “big brother” and Mizzou Football Kicker Andrew Baggett after fall camp practice on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Follow #MIZCamp on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for all the inside access during 2015 Fall Camp.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A turnover-free, eight-touchdown day in The ZOU was enough to propel the Missouri Tiger offense to an 11-9 win Thursday morning in the second formal controlled scrimmage of the Missouri Football squad’s 2015 fall camp.  The Mizzou offense got going early, and ended the day with a flourish, scoring four times in two-minute drills to conclude the scrimmage.  In all, the offense tallied five passing touchdowns to go with three rushing scores as they evened things up after falling by a 17-9 score in scrimmage number one, held last Saturday.

All five QBs had effective outings, as everyone completed 50 percent of their passes or better, with four signal callers throwing for TDs.  Junior Maty Mauk was 15-of-22 in the air Thursday for 134 yards and a touchdown that covered 10 yards to sophomore WR Nate Brown for the first touchdown of the scrimmage.  Mauk had a 38-yard strike downfield to freshman WR DeSean Blair in two-minute work which set up a 2-yard rushing score by sophomore TB Ish Witter.  Witter had a scrimmage-best two rushing scores (the other was from one yard out) and finished with 22 yards on four carries.

The rest of the Mizzou QBs had good days as well.  Sophomore Eddie Printz finished his work 7-of-13 for 101 yards and a touchdown on a 13-yard strike to freshman WR Thomas Richard in the two minute drill.  That came as part of the number two offense, going against the number one defense, and the scoring opportunity started when Printz found freshman WR Emanuel Hall behind the secondary down the seam for a huge 52-yard gain on the first play.

Freshman QB Drew Lock continued to shine as he was an impressive 15-of-20 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns.  Lock got a couple of series with the number two offense, and led an impressive 60-yard scoring drive against the top string defense, which he capped with a 10-yard touchdown over the middle to freshman WR Ray Wingo.  Lock’s other score was a 14-yard strike to WR Oke Akushe in the back of the end zone, as Akushe leaped high for the ball in the back of the endzone, and held on for the score, despite taking a hard shot from safety Ronnell Perkins.

Freshman QB Marvin Zanders showed his dual threat skills on Thursday once again, as he threw for 64 yards (on 4-of-8 passing) and ran for a scrimmage-high 62 yards, including a nice scramble for a first down on a third-down snap for the number two offense against the number one defense.  Senior QB Corbin Berkstresser also found the end zone, as he connected with WR Jake Brents on a 55-yard catch-and-run touchdown.  Berkstresser ended the scrimmage 2-of-4 passing for 60 yards and the one score.

Despite the offense’s win Thursday, the defense had plenty of noteworthy play as well, as they accumulated nine quarterback sacks and 17 tackles for loss overall.  Sophomore DE Charles Harrisled the way with 2.0 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss to go with his four tackles and a quarterback hurry.  Junior DL Justin Grava chimed in with a two-sack, two-TFL day, and senior LB Kentrell Brothers had a pair of stops behind the line as part of his 5-tackle performance.

Junior LB Donavin Newsom was active Thursday morning, as he tied for a scrimmage-best seven tackles in all, including a half-tackle for loss and a QB hurry.  He was joined at seven tackles by freshman safety Cam Hilton.  Senior CB Kenya Dennis applied his customary tough coverage in the pass game and also supplied good run support as he finished with six tackles on the day.

Senior TB Russell Hansbrough got limited action by design, and ended with 20 yards on six attempts, while freshman TB Marquise Doherty had a two-yard touchdown run to cap a two-minute drive by the reserve offense.  Doherty finished with 14 rushing yards on six attempts.

Eighteen different Tigers caught passes on Thursday, with the top producers being Blair (5 catches, 66 yards), Brents (4-80, 1 TD), Hall (4-75) and sophomore WR Oke Akushe (3-51, 1 TD).  Freshman WR Justin Smith had a pair of receptions as well, totaling 59 yards (including a 49-yarder).

After a pair of practices on Friday and Saturday, Mizzou will enjoy a couple days off before the last week of #MIZCamp. The third and final scrimmage is set for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. Stay tuned to for continuing coverage of #MIZCamp. Follow #MIZCamp on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for all the inside access during 2015 Fall Camp.

Mizzou Football Running Back Ish Witter helps Mizzou Fans get to know his “little brother” Mizzou Football Running Back Ryan Williams after fall camp practice on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Follow #MIZCamp on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for all the inside access during 2015 Fall Camp.

Mizzou Football Offensive Lineman Evan Boehm takes Mizzou Football Safety Cam Hilton under his wing as his “adopted little brother” to help Mizzou Fans get to know Cam a little better after fall camp practice on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Follow #MIZCamp on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for all the inside access during 2015 Fall Camp.

Mizzou Football Offensive Lineman Evan Boehm learns more about his “little brother” A.J. Harris after fall camp practice on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Follow #MIZCamp on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for all the inside access during 2015 Fall Camp.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A ball-hawking defense was on display Monday morning during #MIZCamp at the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex (MATC). The secondary was active throughout practice, recording multiple interceptions. The offense was also able to convert in red zone situations during a spirited practice that featured competitive battles between the offensive and defensive lines. Below are some highlights from the 11th practice of fall camp:

  • DL Rickey Hatley forced, recovered and returned a fumble that drew an enthusiastic response from defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski.
  • Ian Simon intercepted two passes during the final 11-on-11 portion.
  • QB Maty Mauk threw an 11-yard TD pass to WR Keyon Dilosa with a perfectly-thrown ball from the far hash mark. Mauk also threw a TD to leaping WR Nate Brown during an earlier period.
  • During the physical 1-on-1 offensive vs. defensive line drills, DL Terry Beckner, Jr., DL Ed Cruz, OL Malik Cuellar and LB Terez Hall all had impressive showings.
  • DL Nate Howard recorded a sack during a live 11-on-11 session.
  • WR Justin Smith elevated to catch a TD pass from QB Drew Lock in the back corner of the end zone during a short-yardage situation.
  • Luke Jackson split the uprights for a 52-yard field goal.