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Tiger Notes: Pinkel and Chase news conference

William Moore likely out this week

The Tigers standout safety William Moore has a sprained foot and is unlikely to play Saturday against Buffalo.

Moore sat out on Sept. 6th against SEMO, and had to leave the game briefly in the second quarter on Saturday.

Pinkel said he will speak with both Moore and the Tigers medical team and evaluate Moore over the next couple days.

The Tigers are being cautious with Moore, who is projected as a first day pick in April's NFL Draft.

"He had an MRI, nothing really different than before," Pinkle said. "He's probable this week, to doubtful."

"We might have to make a decision to get this thing rested, take a couple weeks off."

Alexander back in action

Wide receiver Danario Alexander returned Saturday, playing his first game since the Big 12 Championship. He had surgery on his knee and was forced to miss his teams Cotton Bowl victory.

Alexander had just one catch worth 7 yards on Saturday, but Pinkel and Daniel were just happy to see him on the field.

"I think it had a huge impact on the team, because he's a team player, he's a huge player for us," Daniel said. "For him to get his first catch out there in a long time, it means a lot."

While Daniel was ecstatic to see Alexander back, Pinkel said the wide receiver was not as thrilled with his performance.

"He was disappointed after the game," Pinkel said. "He has such a high expectation level. There's a certain amount of adjustment you go through after an injury like that, and the only way you can go through it is game day."

Pinkel expects the muscular Alexander to return to form quickly.

"He'll get better each and every week," Pinkel said. "He just wants to get back to where he was, and he will."

"He's like a machine as far as being in shape."

Daniel breaks record

Daniel hooked up with Jeremy Maclin for an 80 yard touchdown during the first quarter on Saturday. The strike not only put the Tiger's up 14-0, but also entrenched Daniel as Mizzou's all time passing leader.

Daniel entered the game trailing his predecessor, Brad Smith, now a receiver employed with the New York Jets, by 51 yards in the air. Smith had 8,799 yards at Mizzou while Daniel has 9,153 after Saturday. With the possibility of playing 11 more games this season, 13,000 yards is not out of reach for the senior.

Daniel said the record is important to him.

"It means a lotI'm very honored to have it."

The quarterback was also recognized by the Davey O'Brien Foundation as their Quarterback of the Week. Daniel has more touchdown passes, 7, than incompletions, 6, in the last two games.

Cookie Monsters

Some NFL quarterbacks have been known to buy anything from Rolex'1 s to SUV's as gifts for their offensive linemen.

Daniel is not able to do that for his bodyguards, but the quarterback is able to give them perhaps the next best thing.

"Ever since I was a starting quarterback here, every Friday my mom, whether we're away or here, she always bakes them a dozen cookies," Daniel said.

Michael Bittner is a Mizzou journalism student

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