September 2, 2008

Media day notes: Tigers take SEMO seriously

Jeremy Maclin sat on a cart, no shoe on his left foot, a towel covering the tears streaming down his face…and one thought was going through his mind:

"He thought it was broken," Chase Daniel said. "And I think that's why he was so upset going into the locker room and had the towel over his face. He had it in his mind, he believed it was broken."

Even at the end of the night, after Missouri had assured everyone that Maclin's ankle was not broken, the star sophomore did not rest easily.

"The X-rays came back negative," Maclin said. "But I guess really after the MRI, that really solidified everything that I was going to be okay."

As for Saturday, Gary Pinkel said if Maclin is healthy, he will play. If it's up to Maclin, he'll be there for the first snap.

"I want to be out there with my teammates, nobody wants to sit out," Maclin said. "At the rate I'm at now, I think I'll be able to play."

Maclin is not the only Missouri starter whose status is in doubt for this weekend against Southeast Missouri. Senior safety William Moore suffered a sprained foot against Illinois and may be out as well.

"I'm feeling good," Moore said. "I'm ready to go."

Of course, Moore is not in charge of the decision. Pinkel listed him as probable for the game. However, if he can't go, starting cornerback Carl Gettis likely slides over to take his spot.

Kevin Rutland and Tremane Vaughns are the current backup cornerbacks. Gettis mentioned that Trey Hobson might get a shot at the position this week as well.

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