I talked to Yasir Durant at the start of camp about the edge rushers, and he was really high on Jeffcoat and Hansford. Obviously, Jeffcoat has been out almost the entire camp, but Durant said they're as good if not better than the best D-ends he faces in the SEC.
I've watched every player practice, so, yes, I've seen Bazelak. He's clearly the fourth QB. Powell is No. 2 for now and can secure that job with a strong scrimmage on Saturday. Lindsey Scott has played better lately, Odom said, and can still make a late push for the backup job. Then there's Bazelak, who has a lot of obvious skill and can really throw the ball. But he's just a freshman and you see some natural rookie mistakes. The staff has talked to him about getting on the field for a few games this year, but there's only so many snaps for so many quarterbacks. I know the coaches really like him, but that doesn't mean he's ready to play.
He was being investigated for an incident that was not football related and it was determined that he would no longer play at MU. In December he signed with Arkansas Pine Bluff, played in their spring game, moved to defensive back but is no longer on the team's online roster. I'm not sure what happened there or if he's landed somewhere else.
As I wrote a few days back, Tucker McCann was still No. 1 but freshman walk-on Aaron Rordriguez was still pushing for the job. Sean Koetting, too. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually settle on Rodriguez. They want a true competition but I also get the impression they'd prefer McCann focus on placekicking.
I'm not sure I'd agree with that premise. Martin has talked much more about this team having guards who can slash and get to the rim more so than shoot the ball from deep. They have some 3-point shooters (Watson, Dru Smith, Mark Smith), but they also want to see the guards penetrate and create shots for others. I think it'll be a fairly balanced team offensively with four or five players who could lead the team in scoring on any given night. Of course they want to see Tilmon avoid fouls, but they're going to have some more developed pieces that can produce, so that the whole team isn't crippled if he can't play.
I posted earlier that I've heard $8 for 16 oz beers. Not sure how many different kinds they'll offer, but MU has contracts with AB. Not sure about wine.
Yes, he'll get a chance to play in the NFL. He doesn't have elite speed, but that's why he's a middle linebacker and not a SAM who has more coverage assignments. He's smart. He's tough. He's strong. He knows where to be and how to get there. He's got a chance to go down as the best middle linebacker MU has had in a long time. Brock Christopher was very good. Andrew Wilson, too. Michael Scherer had a good run. Sean Doyle in the late Smith/early Pinkel years. Odom, himself. Garrett is tracking to be the best of the bunch.
Yes, the football team is completely housed in the new facility. I don't think the new dining area is complete yet, so they're doing their meals in the east side of Memorial Stadium. The women's soccer team and men's and women's track and field teams will get the bulk of the open space in the MATC.
He's a natural four who might be able to stretch the floor some with his shooting. MU hasn't opened any practices to the media, so at this point I haven't seen any of the newcomers dribble a ball since they came to campus.
Nothing from the team. I've been consumed with football for the last two weeks.
That's because there aren't proven players on the D-line. Even Jordan Elliott, who's never started a college game. He'll start this year but the guy next to him at D-tackle could be a steady rotation. Could be Akial Byers, but Kobie Whiteside and Markel Utsey will get time, too. Chris Turner has started for two years at D-end, but he hasn't been all that productive. If the season started tomorrow Jatorian Hansford would probably start on the other edge. He's barely played at this level, so he's essentially a rookie.
They've sprinkled in some Wyoming looks this week.
Badie had A foot injury last year, so I'm not sure it's fair to say he's prone. Simi Bakare is the No. 3. If they have to give major carries to someone else, Anthony Watkins is a freshman who's looked good at times in came. Dawson Downing is the other option.
They're different people and have different personalities and different backgrounds, so it's hard to really compare them. When Gary came to Mizzou he had a proven, established system that he learned at Washington and applied at Toledo, where it worked there for a decade. He brought with him coaches who knew the system and believed in it. Odom didn't have that same kind of experience or established way of doing things, so he's had to build his own system while having a good deal of staff turnover in three years. Gary was more stoic on the sideline. Odom gets more fiery in public, but I'm not sure their coaching styles are all that different. They're intense. They let their coaches coach.
Martin hasn't really gone after that many one-and-dones - and I'm not sure Love is genuinely considered a sure-fire one-and-done. Martin prefers to develop players and doesn't seem all that wild about chasing the high-profile players who are celebrities by the time they reach their respective college campus.
No, but they better not overlook Wyoming first and foremost. That game is first.
Can't make the club from the tub. An undrafted free agent is going to have a long leash and have job security if he isn't healthy. Hall wasn't practicing much with the Bears. Also, an undrafted guy has to play special teams. If he's not able to practice or earn a role, then he's going to struggle to make a roster. I hope for his sake it works out, but I was never convinced the Bears were an ideal spot for him based on their depth.
I don't think that's the right way to measure Mizzou's decision to join the SEC. You have to put the decision in context of what was happening in the Big 12 and across college sports in the 2011. At the time, the Big 12 appeared to be crumbling apart. Oklahoma was threatening to leave and take schools to the Pac-10. There was genuine concern within the league that the schools left behind would be scrambling to find a home. Mizzou was proactive and found a safe landing spot in the SEC. A lucrative landing spot. A secure landing spot. Is the football and basketball program winning more games in the SEC than it would be winning in the Big 12? Well, that's a hypothetical and impossible to really answer ... and either way, that wasn't the concern when conference realignment and the Big 12's instability was threatening MU's future. Also, had Missouri stayed in the Big 12, the school probably isn't in a rush to build the new south end zone complex. After traveling around the SEC, Pinkel and Alden were convinced that they needed to upgrade the stadium and the team facility to stay relevant and competitive in the SEC. In the Big 12, they might not have felt the same urgency.
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