It will take multiple injuries or severe bouts of ineffectiveness for him to become a top three or four corner. He's not playing ahead of Acy or Holmes and probably not playing ahead of Sparks or Ware. Maybe a great August camp pushes him into the third or fourth role and he gets some snaps as a backup or in certain nickel or dime packages. He has played both slot receiver and outside receiver on offense, but again, I'm not sure he was going to crack the two deep at any of those spots this season. They clearly believe there's better depth at receiver or he would have stayed there.
Ask Jeff Wolfert, Grant Ressel, Andrew Baggett. They all won the kicking job as walk-ons. Teams offer kickers and punters the chance to join the team as preferred walk-ons - and players at other positions - which means they're part of the team year-round for spring practices, summer workouts and the start of August camp. Once classes begin, another wave of walk-ons join the team for practices. These are your garden variety walk-ons, who are a notch below the preferred walk-ons when it comes to the coaches' expectations for their roles. Yes, many walk-ons over the years have gone on scholarship. It usually comes down to a player leaving the team, which can happen for a variety of reasons (discipline, transfer, injury, etc.)
Well, it's not the NCAA per se making the decision. It's a panel of four people who aren't the same people who decided on the sanctions.
The team was set to move in today and hold their first team meeting. Parts of the building clearly aren't finished, but other parts are functional from what I understand.
I wouldn't bet on McCann doing both jobs all year long. Mizzou recruited some preferred walk-ons who could push for the punting job. That's what camp is for. It's an important competition, obviously.
I took a tour in late May, so a lot of work has been completed since then. The concourse will be connected to the new area, but I don't think you'll be free to waltz into the locker room or coaches' offices or the new premium seating areas.
It depends on the quality of the turf. I don't hear Missouri players complaining about their FieldTurf surface. There are a handful of natural grass fields in the SEC. The technology is advanced enough now that I'm not sure how much difference the players notice from one field to the next.
Nobody knows. From Jim Sterk to Alex Cartwright to Barry Odom. So, as much as Phil knows about every team's depth chart from Akron to Youngstown State, he doesn't know if the ban will be overturned.
There's no payment as long as it's a home-and-away series. The Wyoming series was a two-game series, one game in Columbia, one game in Laramie. Same with UMass in 2024-25. Missouri pays for single-game appearances, like when SEMO and Troy visit this year with no return trip from the Tigers part of the contracts.