Yes, he should be in the mix next year. He's got a live arm. He's got touch and strength. They like his toughness, his intelligence. I wouldn't be surprised if you see Mizzou apply the redshirt rule this year and let him make some appearances in games late just to get him a taste of game experience without using his year of eligibility.
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Because of today's chat ... and podcast, which BenFred and I will record soon ... I won't have a normal online report from today's practice. Not a lot to report from today. No official injury updates.
I'm not going to lay any odds other than to say I'd be surprised if the ban gets overturned. But I've been surprised plenty of times.
Yes, UK has a four-game winning streak over Missouri. South Carolina has won three straight. But I'm not sold on Kentucky being nearly as good as it was last year without Benny Snell, without Josh Allen and without a very good secondary. I wouldn't be shocked if South Carolina is better than people expect. They've got some dudes on their D-line. Bryan Edwards might the best WR in the SEC that nobody talks about. Jake Bentley is a veteran who won't be intimidated playing on the road. That's a really pivotal game for Missouri early in the season.
Dooley made a connection with Bryant and his background in the NFL and his year with Drew Lock were major factors in Bryant's decision. They clicked during the recruiting process and Dooley sold him on being able to develop his skills for the next level.
I'm not sure about that. From all accounts, Scott really likes it at Mizzou. If winning the starting job was his only ambition, he would have left last year or during the offseason. He wasn't part of the travel roster last year, which is a pretty strong signal that he wasn't in the plans. Some players are OK with not being a starter and are OK being a team player and getting the most out of their experience in the program. I'm not saying that defines Scott, but not everyone is looking to jump into the portal just because he's not named the starter. I don't like to speculate on what players might decide to do in terms of transferring, so I'll let everyone else play that game. But, in general, any time a guy isn't playing or in serious competition for a role on the team, it shouldn't be a surprise if they look to play elsewhere.
This again? I've been to Starkville one time in my life and somehow they're my team. I've got them 7-5.
Yes, I wrote that. Scroll down and I touched on it Bazelak in the chat.
It's two inside linebackers, two corners and three safeties. And, yes, it's fairly common across college football and in the NFL. It's essentially a nickel base defense. Playing with three traditional linebackers on the field at all times is antiquated. More often than not defenses have to play against three- and four-receiver sets. Instead of a third linebacker you need another defender on the field who can cover, whether that's a tight end or a slot receiver. Mizzou looks for coverage athletes who can still play against the run for that position. Ronnell Perkins and Khalil Oliver are competing for that job in camp. Stacy Brown is an impressive looking freshman who is also playing there. Perkins and Oliver are both seniors, so you'll see Brown get some playing time there this year with a chance to start in 2020.
Running back depth is Rountree, Badie, Bakare .. and then you've got Downing and the freshman Anthony Watkins. You'll see Downing get some time as a short-yardage blocking fullback, but I'm not sure he'll get many gameday carries as the tailback. The staff loves him. He'll play on most special teams. He'll do any job they ask of him.
Because the other receivers are better. It's as simple as that. He's just never developed into a receiver who can consistently make plays in the SEC. It takes a lot more than height to play the position. He's not playing ahead of guys like Jalen Knox, Kam Scott or Jonathan Nance.
Don't worry, I'll be out of Laramie as soon as I'm done writing late Saturday night and out of the state by the morning. I'm looking forward to it.
I just touched on him a question or two ago.
It's an inside joke in Matt's head. I don't know how or where it started.
Easy answer is they can't be worse ... but replacing Fatony won't be easy. The team certainly wants to be better in the kicking game. It's a priority for Odom. But you still have to produce. You've got to identify the best specialists for each job and make sure the other players on each unit are bought in. If so, then, yeah, they should be better. Having an accurate snapper will go a long way toward cleaning up some of last year's issues.
I understand that nobody wants to see some of the noncon games that are on the schedule ... but if everyone else in the SEC is scheduling the same caliber of games - and trust me, they are - then should Mizzou be held to a different standard? The model hasn't changed in more than a decade: One game against another Power 5 team, two games against Group of 5 teams and one game against an FCS (I-AA) team. That's essentially the template for every other SEC team, other than a few excpetions for teams that have annual rivalry games, like Florida-Florida State, SC-Clemson and Georgia-Georgia Tech.
It's no mystery that there are influential KU donors who want no part of playing Missouri after the school left the Big 12. It would be naive to think that's not a factor.
I don't make recruiting predictions, but I've never gotten the sense that Mizzou had a tremendous shot with either. Maybe losing Fletcher opens the door some and puts the roster in a new light for those two, but hard to say if that's a factor.
OK, that's all for today. We'll do this again next Thursday. Stay tuned for a new podcast later today and more daily coverage of football camp.