Hello, chatters. We're one day away from the start of Mizzou's preseason camp. I'll be here for the next couple hours to talk all things Tigers. Fire away.
Hard to say now, but I didn't see much of that during spring practices. I don't think you'll often see a genuine 3-4 D with three down linemen and four linebackers on the field. Instead, Odom has shown some 3-3-5 looks, where you've got three linebackers behind three down linemen in a nickel package. The staff expects to use some of the newcomer D-ends in specialty packages. Maybe an undersized D-end, like one of the freshmen, could play in a standup OLB role in a special package. Overall, though, the base defense is still a 4-3.
I'm not sure I'd go there. Pinkel was coming off a losing season in 2004. The program had taken a step backward after making a bowl in 2003. Odom is coming off some momentum and just landed a contract extension. That's not to say his job won't be in danger if the team doesn't make progress, but the climate was different going into the 2005 season than it is now.
Mizzou is far behind other programs in terms of commitments, but seem to be in good shape with a number of local targets. There could be a rush of commitments here in the next few weeks as some recruits want to get that out of the way before their high school seasons start. Then again, I'm to the point where verbal commitments barely make a blip on my radar, especially when kids say they still plan to go on all five of their visits after releasing their Spielberg-quality commitment videos.
Okwuegbunam and Blanton are first in line. In the spring we saw Chrisopherson see the field with the starters also. Brendan Scales could work his way into the rotation. Odom is high on freshman Messiah Swinson. It sounds like he'll be in the mix.
Outside linebackers in Odom's defense aren't primary pass-rushers. They'll get to blitz in certain situations, but I think you'll see a defensive end or D-tackle lead this team in sacks. If fans are expecting a true 3-4 defense this fall they're being misled.
I just touched on this in the latest camp countdown story. I'm not sure Albert's TD catches will increase. Hard to top 11 for a tight end. But if he averages just a couple more targets per game, he should push 50 receptions for somewhere between 600-700 yards. He's a traditional tight end, unlike past All-Americans Rucker and Coffman, so I doubt you'll see him get close to triple digit catches. Blanton could catch between 20-30 balls if he's featured a lot in the passing game.
No. They don't have one on the roster. The formations aren't going to look very different. Lots of three-receiver sets with a tight end on the field. Maybe a tight end in the backfield as an H-back, but Mizzou did that a lot under Heupel.
The coaches preseason poll just came out. As expected, no Missouri. A little surprised MU didn't get any votes. Six teams on the schedule received votes: No. 1 Bama, No. 4 Georgia and South Carolina (No. 26 if you stretch out the poll to those receiving votes), Florida (27), Memphis (35) and Kentucky (43).
Possibly. A few have indicated they might commit late summer, early fall. But kids say a lot and don't always follow through.
(If you haven't noticed by now - this is season No. 19 for me covering Mizzou sports - recruiting predictions aren't my thing.)
No specific numbers right now. A year ago this time they sold around 23,000 to the general public and just under 5,000 for students. A few weeks back Sterk said they were down from the 2017 rate. Hard to believe after a winning season, but fans clearly aren't jumping onboard. MU was over 43,000 for general public and students in 2012, the first year of the SEC.
I haven't heard anything to indicate he's not going to be on the team this year. His social media accounts seem to signal he's on his way back.
Disagree. He should be fired if he knew about the violence in their relationship, and he should be questioned and criticized if he truly didn't know. Urban and his wife are incredibly close. She's as involved with his program and his players and staff as any coach's wife in college football. As of now there's no proof that Urban knew what his wife knew, but it goes against all logic that she didn't tell him what she knew. If anything, one of the game's most sanctimonious coaches has taken a hit to his reputation.
Miller for one. Walter Palmore and Jordan Elliot on the D-line. Bledsoe and Gillisee at safety. Both running backs have impressed the staff, Crockett and Rountree.
Cross was DC in name and salary only. It was back to being Odom's defense. There was friction with Cross and the players and Cross and Odom. But make no mistake, he was stripped of his true coordinator duties when camp began. There will be a better working relationship with Odom and Walters. Odom has groomed Walters for this position for several years. Walters is loyal to Odom. They respect each other. It's a much healthier situation on the staff this year.
Football recruiting is becoming more national at programs all over the country. Kids are more interested playing further from home because every game is televised. Coaches can learn about recruits from other regions more easily now than ever before because of the rise in readily available information. Mizzou can sell the SEC to recruits, like Larry Rountree, who grew up in ACC country and wants to play in the game's best conference. You can sell the SEC anywhere and that's a big reason Mizzou can go into new parts of the country and find players.