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Emanuel Hall turns potential into reality as wideout for Mizzou Football

Missouri junior wideout Emanuel Hall had his breakout game in October at Lexington, Kentucky’s Kroger Field, turning his potential into a reality.

“The fans are against you, so you kind of work some energy, and I think it all played a part in how we went on to play,” Hall said.

In the final minute of the first half, Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock hooked up with Hall for a 58-yard touchdown.

“Coming into to the game, I was feeling really good,” Hall said

Mizzou’s Logan Cheadle grinding through team’s defensive struggles

Missouri ended September with a 51-14 loss to ranked Auburn, who took advantage of the Tigers’ defensive shortcomings. Senior Logan Cheadle, the emerging leader of the cornerback unit, misread two passes that factored into Auburn’s 482-yard night. The cornerbacks finished with a season-low seven tackles.

Mizzou surrendered four touchdowns on Auburn’s first five offensive drives in an effort where Mizzou finished without a defended pass, forced fumble or an interception for the first time this season.

“We game-planned them hard,” Cheadle said. “We saw a lot of things we were expecting, but guys just didn’t make plays, me especially.”

Peyton Bender – shows skill and poise…moves forward as Jayhawks QB

The Peyton Bender era officially began for Kansas football Sept. 2 at Memorial Stadium in the season opener against Southeast Missouri State in front of 32,134 fans with mostly sunny skies and 83-degree weather.

On KU’s first play from scrimmage, Bender caught the snap in shotgun from center Mesa Ribordy and threw a four-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremiah Booker.

Fast-rising Wildcat Dalton Schoen has moved quickly up the receiver depth chart

Third-year mechanical engineering Kansas State student Dalton Schoen is a smart young man.

Dalton Schoen is a walk-on receiver from Overland Park with deceptive speed. At 6-2, 208 pounds, he might remind some long-time K-State fans of another big receiver from a decade ago. But he wouldn’t go there when asked to compare himself to Jordy Nelson, the former walk-on from Riley County.

“It’s impossible to compare myself to someone like that,” Schoen said.

Closing the deal: K-State’s Jesse Ertz will succeed this season

There’s a sales method used when trying to persuade a potential client to purchase an item called the “Ben Franklin Close.” You place all the reasons for buying the product on one side and all the reasons for not buying it on the other side. If head coach Bill Snyder wants to use the Ben Franklin formula for evaluating whether quarterback Jesse Ertz will have a great senior season, the plusses far outweigh the minuses.

Let’s examine them:

Talented Dorance Armstrong anchors Kansas Jayhawks’ defense

Dorance Armstrong is his name, and terrorizing opposing offenses is his game. With continued improvement, this explosive junior just might become the premier defensive end in the country.

He’s simply the face of Kansas football, a surefire NFL first-round prospect. He’s the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year who led the league with 20 tackles for a loss last season (No. 5 in FBS) and ranked No. 18 nationally with 10 sacks while being named a consensus All-Conference First-Team selection.

Mizzou’s Drew Lock eyes breakout campaign after last year’s learning curves

Coming off a four-win sophomore campaign, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock recalls two games helped him develop a new mindset for 2017.

One resulted in the Tigers’ third straight loss against Georgia last September. Lock had set his conference single-game highs with three touchdowns and 376 yards, but also tossed three interceptions in a turnover heavy half, which aided the Bulldogs to a late comeback.

“You throw 330 yards in one half, you want to come out and possibly do the same thing (in the second half),” Lock said about the Georgia loss.

Kansas State should contend for Big 12 Football Championship + optimism high for better Days at Kansas and Missouri

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One has high aspirations, another is hoping to continue recent moderate progress and the third is hoping to make a quick turnaround from recent failures. That’s the story line for the area’s Division I football programs.

Kansas State’s football program is dreaming of a landmark season, with the goal of bringing home the league crown. The Kansas football program has only won two games the last two seasons, and 14 over the last seven campaigns, but there’s optimism in Lawrence that hasn’t been there in several years. Missouri’s football program is hoping a 4-8 season in 2016, in coach Barry Odom’s first season, is an aberration, not the start of a trend.

Listen up KU and MU…the Border Showdown MUST return…soon!

Border Showdown

Since 2012, the classic Border Showdown rivalry between the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers has ceased. Fans on both sides of the border want the rivalry to return.

There have been a few unintentional meetings, primarily in the NCAA softball tournament, but not enough to really feel like the showdown is back with no football or basketball games. Of all seasons to bring back this classic rivalry, this upcoming sports season is the perfect time for the Tigers and Jayhawks to play again in basketball and football.

Mizzou is coming into this basketball season with a buzz from arguably the school’s best recruiting class coming in. The only thing that could possibly get fans more excited for the season would be a matchup with the Jayhawks.

Beating KU would prove the legitimacy of how good this Mizzou team could be and stand out on their tournament resume. Even more valuable, Mizzou could have bragging rights once again. Whether they would win the game or not, there would be so much more buzz around the Tigers.

Countdown: The Top 5 NBA players drafted from the University of Kansas

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It’s no secret, the Kansas Jayhawks have one of the best basketball programs in the history of college basketball. They have the second-most wins and the most first-team All-American selections in Division I history. Plus KU basketball has five national championships. In fact, many of the All-Americans and other players that lead the program to such success have continued to succeed in the NBA. Some of the best players in the history of the NBA started in Lawrence, Kansas. Here’s our look at the best Jayhawks to be drafted into the NBA.