Greetings, Mizzou chatters. Lots to discuss, I'm sure. Let's gets started.
I picked Missouri ninth on my preseason SEC ballot. I wouldn't be surprised if the Tigers end up anywhere between seventh and 12th. It's just hard to measure a team that's almost entirely new - in a league that's loaded with newcomers. Just based on what we know about each team and their roster, MU doesn't have as many proven, established players as most teams in the league, but that doesn't mean they can't be a pleasant surprise. They have plenty of question marks up and down the lineup - and a really challenging schedule - but I'm interested to see how it all unfolds.
Not that I know of. The staff is very high on him. He'll have a chance to compete early.
I'm not bold enough to predict a shutout for this defense.
Possibly. It can be dangerous to eat authentic Nashville hot chicken the night before a work day.
They can't run it well, so I'll say yes.
Bazelak is the safe choice. If not, Sam Horn.
I appreciate the real questions today. The gutter is full of trash also. Gonna be a quick chat, I'm afraid.
Why does he have transfer portal written all over him? Because as a true freshman he can't beat out last year's SEC freshman of the year? Let's not forget, outside of a few series against SEMO, Macon hasn't played in a live game since the fall of 2019. He's raw as a passer. He's trying to process a college offense that's not easy to learn. I never said he wasn't a good fit for the offense. Macon doesn't see himself as a running QB. He has said he's a pass-first QB but can also make plays with his feet. From what I've seen and what I've heard from around the program is he really has to develop his passing touch. You have to be accurate to consistently complete throws in this offense. You don't need Blaine Gabbert's pure arm strength, but you need to make all the short and intermediate throws that are part of this system. I wouldn't write him off by any means. I also wouldn't expect him to play this year unless it's an absolute necessity.
That Missouri team that day had the look of a group that thought it would easily cruise past a bad Vandy team. I wrote about this a lot that year, but after Mizzou beat Ole Miss the previous week to go 5-1 and 2-0 in the SEC there was chatter in the postgame interview room about Mizzou being in first place in the SEC East. There was chatter about Georgia losing to South Carolina that same day. My radar started buzzing immediately that this team might be out over its skis. I'm not sure that team had great leadership. Kelly Bryant was thrust into that role without proving or earning anything yet. (He wasn't a bad guy by any means. Very likable. But he waltzed into the locker room and was anointed the starter and captain without really doing anything other than winning some games at Clemson.)It didn't help matters that Cale Garrett was out for the year by that point. Nick Bolton was coming into his own as a player but wasn't a leader yet.
Steve, you should get back to practice.
He believes this team is more athletic and versatile that will allow them to switch more freely at most positions, especially when they go small and Kobe Brown or Ronnie DeGray are at the five, which is something you'll see this year in certain matchup situations. This team has a lot of similarly sized guys that, in theory, could be interchangeable on the defensive end. It's all talk right now. We'll know pretty early on how this team can defend.