Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/6/13
I had a chance to talk to Missouri outside linebacker Zaviar Gooden about his career at Missouri, his attitude towards the draft, his preparation and doubters, as well as his work in the community.Peter Smith: You grew up near Austin, TX and had a lot of scholarship offers and Texas hates to let their players get out of the state, so how did you end up at Missouri?Zaviar Gooden: It came down to Missouri, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State; I just felt the most comfortable in Mizzou.  I felt they were the most honest with me.  I had a good chance at playing early, so I went there.  Plus, Missouri was doing pretty well at the time, just coming off a Cotton Bowl victory and a 12-2 season.  It’s a good program, so I went with them.PS: You went to Missouri but you are from Austin and you did get to play the University of Texas twice, once as a freshman and once as a junior.  What did the win your junior year mean to you?ZG: It meant a lot, man.  I don’t have anything against Texas.  Some guys ...
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