Not really. He had an arm injury at Eastern Kentucky and didn't play much. He hoped to land an NFL free agent contract last year, spent about a week on a CFL roster and at last check is back in Springfield coaching HS ball with his dad and brother.
I can't answer about the bowl game plans until we know who's coaching in the bowl game. If he offers Finely a coordinator job at UCF and Odom doesn't here, then Finley has a big decision to make. I still suspect Heupel will call plays at UCF, so I'm not sure how appealing that job would be under him.
You could do something like that, but there's too much recruiting and coaching involved for a football assistant that you can't just hand the job to a parent like you can in basketball. In basketball, the head coach is the real coach. The assistants help but they have less of an impact as a football assistant, who's responsible for a specific group of players.
Some weeks there are a few leftovers, but I always try to get to the most compelling, unique questions. The questions that just ask me to make predictions are usually the first to get the axe.
Good question. Looked like some coverage breakdowns, some open-field tackling issues. Arkansas had some success on play-action deep balls, too.
There's a lot to like. He's learned from Mike Leach as a player and coach. He's worked under Mike Gundy for a year. He's run his own offense and called plays at UNT and done a nice job there. Young guy, Texas ties. I know he's held in high regard at UNT.
I'm sure they'd all want the job, but I'm not sure if any of them will be serious candidates.
He's far from a finished product, but not many quarterbacks are when they enter the draft. He won't be a finished product this time next year if he stays in school. I'm really curious to hear what kind of draft grade he receives. It's easy to see the NFL appeal.
I would be stunned if he sits out the bowl. He might not even have his draft grade back by the time the game starts.
Why? He's never coached a game in his life. Why not Blaine Gabbert? Chase Patton? Corby Jones? I don't think you want to step into Tuscaloosa next October and play Nick Saban's defense with an offense run by a guy who's never even coached a high school game.
It's because four freshmen earned jobs and played well. I don't think there's much to read into here. Crockett got hurt so Rountree played more. Albert O became MU's best tight end so he played more than the two veterans. Castillo won the center job because the staff liked him best in camp. Williams gradually played more at a position that needed another productive pass-rusher.
No bad blood. I was with Gary last night. He and his wife booked their hotel for Houston this week to attend the bowl game. He wants to see Barry do well and he's thrilled with the way MU played in the second half of the season. (Not everyone shares all their thoughts on Twitter.)
I didn't watch their season carefully, but QB instability seemed to be a problem. The offense was inconsistent. You can make a case UT's best three games were all losses: USC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State. I'll spend more time learning about the Horns the next few weeks.
He'll be drafted. Too much upside.
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He strikes me as a two-year player. So much potential as a prototype NBA stretch 4. It's hard to keep a guy that big with those skills on a college campus longer than a year, much less two.
OK, folks. I've got to get some other work done. Remember, first Mizzou open bowl practice is later today. Check the site for any news or notes.