Longhorns No More
Saturday is homecoming for No. 1 Texas as Mizzou comes to visit, but a handful of notable Tigers may as well participate in the festivities.
QB Chase Daniel, WR's Jared Perry and Danario Alexander, LB Sean Weatherspoon and DL Stryker Sulak all hail from the Longhorn state.
Sulak is excited to see his family, but says he does not need the extra motivation of playing in Texas.
"The only thing motivating me is that I just want to get down there and get another win," Stryker said
Daniel looks forward to seeing family and friends and said some former high school teammates will be at the game - wearing black and gold.
"I love having all of my family and friends there," Daniel said. "Any of the guys who go back and play in Texas, it's a special feeling and you want to put on a good show."
Alexander is also excited to return to Texas.
"You get great satisfaction out of going back there to play," Alexander said. "I was a Longhorns fan growing up - it was my favorite team."
"Missouri was my first offer - they were the first school that called me, so I stayed loyal to them."
Two of the most important pieces of Mizzou's high powered offense are injured, but Coach Gary Pinkel expects both to play this weekend. Sophmore WR Jeremy Maclin has a bruised knee while Senior OL Colin Brown is dealing with what Pinkel called a "turned" ankle.
Meanwhile, Alexander is still recovering from a torn ACL.
"It took awhile for me to start jumping and everything again, but once I did it got stronger and stronger," Alexander said. "Last year I was coming out of my breaks faster and just doing more things, but that will come along as time goes by."
Can't Miss Target
TE Chase Coffman has made a few plays at Mizzou that have made fans wipe their eyes in disbelief, including his signature hurdles of linebackers and defensive backs.
Coffman's opening drive catch on Saturday is one Pinkel may never forget.
"I'm not surprised, but it was absolutely remarkable. It was one of the greatest catches I've ever seen in my life," Pinkel said. "I've never seen a guy falling backwards, picking the ball out of the air with one hand - he looked like Superman - honestly, I think it was the greatest catch I've ever seen."
Daniel has noted that of all his weapons, he has the best chemistry with Coffman.
"I think I can throw the ball all around the place and he'll come up with a catch," Daniel said.
"NFL scouts have to be drilling at the bit to get to him."
Michael Bittner is a Journalism student at the University of Missouri