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Balanced offense, tough defense sparks Tigers

Life after Brad Smith was supposed to be a struggle, but Chase Daniel and Missouri are off to a fast start in 2006.

Updated: September 21, 2006, 3:13 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | Special to ESPN.com

Considering the school's storied journalism program, it's understandable that the Missouri football team would have a keen understanding of the power of the printed word.

When a preseason media poll picked the Tigers to finish fifth in the Big 12 North Division, the Missouri players noticed. And went about doing what they could to make sure that life without Brad Smith would be better than most pundits predicted.

"I loved it when we got those kind of write-ups," Missouri DE Brian ...

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