IF they get the defense straightened out. It's one thing to give up more points because you're creating more possessions for your opponent. It's another thing to allow your opponent to shoot 41% and 50% from 3, which is what happened the last two games against Wichita State and SEMO. MU's opponents are shooting 35.8% from 3, which ranks No. 255. Not good. Every Cuonzo Martin team was better defending the 3 statistically. Now, this team creates a lot of scoring chances with all the turnovers it faces, but what happens when you're not getting those steals? You better buckle down tighten up against perimeter shooters.
To the naked eye, he just doesn't look as athletic as he did in 2020. He seems easier to block for whatever reason. He had his moments this year when he got into the backfield but he didn't cause as much disruption as McGuire and Coleman.
East and Honor both have a year left after this season. Mizzou signed four-star point guard Anthony Robinson from Tallahassee.
Hyrin White started at right tackle last year but has missed this season with an injury. He could have started next year. Otherwise, it's all backups in the portal.
Yes, it's been happening the last few years but will happen this year more than ever. It's just hard to drum up excitement for a non-playoff bowl game when the best players aren't playing. I understand why, to some degree. But I also understand the frustration from the part of the coaches and the fans. Marginal NFL prospects are sitting out their last chance to play in a college game at NFL stadiums against quality opponents. I'm not just talking about Mizzou, but it's true most places.
Johnson had initially talked about enrolling in January but he's expected to be here in June.
They're playing well against mid-majors and struggling high-majors but lost their only game against a ranked opponent. 9-1 is a very strong record but not all that shocking considering the schedule. They've been pretty solid defensively but still turn the ball over a lot. The good news is they don't have a bad noncon loss. No shame in losing to Virginia Tech away from home. Nice start for sure. Schedule cranks up in the SEC.
Schedules just haven't aligned lately. We'll get to it.
I'm not sure how it would line up exactly. If I were in charge I'd be looking for O-line help, a tight end, linebacker, edge rusher and a quarterback.
He's got a personal issue he's working through. Gates is not disclosing that publicly and wants to keep the matter private. But he's not in trouble. He's not hurt or sick. I've heard some things, but nothing substantive enough to report. He's part of the team and they have high expectations for him this year. He's not in the coach's doghouse or anything like that.
They've never NOT had the right to scrutinize college athletes. I think it's tacky for adults to attack any athlete on social media - college or professional - if we're just talking about their performance on the field.
But that't not how the coaches view the portal experience. If you enter the portal, that's essentially a statement that you plan to leave. Mizzou has removed its portal players from its official roster. There's enough back-channeling going on that players are getting feelers from other schools - either directly or through their agents, parents, HS coaches, etc. - that they know their market before they officially enter the portal. Now, there are cases when athletes enter the portal then decide to return to their team - SLU's Yuri Collins is an example - but those are few and far between.
I don't see the fit this time. They chased Daniels once before and got turned down. He didn't have a very good year at West Virginia. To transfer multiple times you need an NCAA waiver and I assume he expects to get one so he can play at his fourth school.
I haven't gotten an update on ticket sales yet.
I agree. Great points. Also, in five years we're not going to have these classes of players with the extra COVID year that has blurred the lines in terms of how many years players have left on their eligibility clock.
I'm confident in saying Mizzou would take Leary in a heartbeat. Trouble is, so would many other Power Five programs. Drinkwitz has a relationship there, obviously. He's got some returning talent at receiver to use as part of the sales pitch. It's definitely worth monitoring. But the market will be highly competitive.
That's one way of looking at it.