Opening camp: Missouri


Schedule: The Tigers begin practice at 4:45 p.m. ET on Thursday. At this point, all practices are closed to the media. Players will be in helmets for the first two days (Thursday and Friday) and will wear shoulder pads for the next two. Their first day in full pads is Monday, Aug. 5.

On the mend: Running back Henry Josey is getting closer to 100 percent after suffering a devastating knee injury in 2011 that left him on the sideline last season. He had a solid spring and coach Gary Pinkel said he ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash before spring practice.

Key battle: While senior James Franklin enters fall camp as the starter at quarterback, this battle is far from over. He was healthier and more confident this spring, but highly-touted redshirt freshman Maty Mauk has all the skill to make this offense go. He has been compared to Brad Banks and will push Franklin with every snap he gets this fall. Redshirt sophomore Corbin Berkstresser, who filled in for Franklin when he was injured last year, is also in the running for the starting job.

Of note: Last season marked the first time since 2004 that Missouri didn't make a bowl game. The Tigers' 5-7 record was the first losing record for the team since 2004, and last year was only the fourth time during Pinkel's 12-year coaching tenure at Mizzou that his team failed to reach the postseason.

Predicted order of finish at media days: Picked sixth in the SEC East at SEC media days.

They said it: "I put our receiving group against any receiving group in the nation. We have a talented group: Dorial [Green-Beckham], Marcus Lucas, Bud Sasser, Jimmie Hunt, Darius White -- a guy who's transferring in from the University of Texas. We have a lot of great guys who are ready to come in and contribute this year. We just have to go out and compete every day, and when you're competing, it makes everyone better around you and that's going to bring our receivers to a whole new level." -- Missouri wide receiver L'Damian Washington