You've got it backward. They're sticking with the changes they made midseason, when they went back to the 2015 defense. No more pre-snap reads and read-and-react style up front.
Phillips at the 1, Robertson at the 2, Porter at the 3, Puryear at the 4, Tilmon at the 5. Barnett is first player off the bench at the 2 or 3.
I don't know what happened to him. He signed with Virginia and then suddenly wasn't in the plans there anymore. His social media accounts are private and I haven't had any luck getting in touch with him. There were some online reports that he was going to Vandy, but outlets that actually cover Vandy quickly dismissed that.
If Michael Porter is every bit as good or better than Jayson Tatum, then MU will have a very good year with him on the court. He's also going to get more scoring chances than Tatum did at Duke for two reasons: Tatum was hurt the first half of his freshman season ... and he had much better teammates, including a lottery pick in Luke Kennard.
You saw the same missed kicks I saw last year. It was a huge problem - and will remain a huge question mark up until the season begins. I don't care how many field goals Tucker McCann makes in practice; he has to prove himself in the games. If not, unless there's another walk-on they trust for the job, it's a huge issue. His inability to make chip-shot field goals last year affected the red zone offense and play-calling on the plus side of the field every bit as much as Drew Lock's accuracy or receiver drops or any other factor.
Well, yes, if Mizzou is good in all three phases of the game, it will be a good team. You can say the same about the other six teams in the division. The offense will have to do more than Drew Lock staying healthy. He was healthy last year and the offense still struggled to punch in TDs when it needed them in certain games. Receivers have to catch the ball better. Blocking can't fall off against the better defensive fronts in the league. On defense, MU needs to be more disruptive. You can tackle great, but you also have to make impact plays. Sacks, interceptions, fumbles. Mizzou's best defenses under Pinkel were disruptive and made their own luck.
Well, it depends who you ask. Generally coaches are most excited about the player(s) they personally recruited. The defensive staff has high expectations for the D-linemen coming into the program, especially the junior college transfers. The offensive staff really likes the progress the two O-linemen made who enrolled early. Heupel is smitten by Taylor Powell, the QB from Arkansas.
I'd be surprised if he's a consistent double-digit scorer, but if he can pull down seven rebound a game, provide some rim protection and at least a credible threat in the paint he can be a productive freshman. He's going to have to adjust to how they call fouls in the college game.
Nope, but when has Mizzou ever consistently recruited better than that? When your main recruiting base is a state that doesn't produce much P5 talent, you're never going to consistently have top 25 classes. It's just reality. Programs like Missouri need to win with player evaluation and player development. That's how programs like Kansas State, Wisconsin, Stanford - just a few examples off the top of my head - win without signing highly rated classes year after year.
Yes, you didn't see SEC teams recruit the state of Missouri as much back when MU was in the Big 12. Arkansas has made the state of Missouri more of a priority. Ole Miss is in the state more. Alabama, too.
OK, but it's not a Big Ten school, never has been and (probably) never will be. I think it's time to accept the fact that Missouri is an SEC school.
I saw it on Twitter. Someone had some free time on their hands. I appreciate being a top seed, but I don't really understand what determines the winner of each matchup? If it's gray hairs then I'm cruising to the Final Four.
Stidham's arrival is a big reason why Auburn is likely going to be the second-highest ranked team in the SEC. He gives Malzahn a skilled passer who's shown glimpses of big-play ability in a spread offense. You combine him with the running backs that Auburn returns and this could be the best offense on the Plains since the 2013 team - and maybe better.
I doubt you'll see anyone use that scholarship. It's getting pretty late in the game to find someone in the market worth taking at this point. Maybe one of the walk-ons goes on scholarship for a year.
He's already done more in his career than Hunt, so he'd have to take a step back to draw that comparison. He's got the tools to be in the same breath as the greats to play the position in the last 10 years. Maclin, Alexander, Sasser, Washington, etc. Can he put it all together and erase the drops and fumbles? If so, he can be first-team All-SEC and a legit early-round draft prospect. If not, then he's a gifted but incomplete receiver who hasn't matched potential with production.
For one, he's been hurt a lot. Can't make the club from the tub. Also, he's been sort of a one-trick pony in the limited action I've seen from him in practices. He can go up and grab the jump ball on a fade, but to play receiver in this offense you have to do more than just run a deep route down the sideline. I'm not sure we'll see him move past some of the other outside receivers in the rotation, especially with Nate Brown coming back this year.
Well, as the Mizzou football beat writer, I would hope you at least read the coverage, but I can't tell you how to spend your free time. Mizzou did lead the SEC in yards per game last year and brings back 10 starters, so I'm not sure why the offense would put you to sleep. Was Odom a better choice than an outside candidate? All things being equal, sure, it would have been better for the program to hire an experienced head coach who was in demand from other places, but did those options exist? Mizzou talked to Sonny Dykes, who's since been fired at Cal. They talked to Matt Rhule, a guy Mack Rhoades really liked and ultimately hired at Baylor. Was there a home run option out there who (A) wanted the job in the current climate and (B) was someone Mizzou's administration could realistically hire? Maybe a different AD has better success hiring an outside candidate. Impossible to know.
I wouldn't anticipate any resolution to the tutor situation anytime soon. If the NCAA finds reason to punish Mizzou, it could come down harder on the basketball team considering the program was already on probation when the alleged violations were committed. Cuonzo Martin was well aware of the accusations when he took the job. I don't think he would have been as interested in the position if Sterk feared the worst from the NCAA.
OK, folks. That's all the time we have this week. We'll probably hold next week's chat on Friday because I'll be in Hoover, Ala., Monday through Thursday covering SEC media days. Stay tuned for lots of coverage.