Keontez Lewis is a three-star receiver and Dominic Lovett is a four-star receiver, both ranked among the top 60 players in the country at their position. Mizzou isn't recruiting them just because they're buddies with Macon. They have a long list of Power 5 offers. Getting one of them would be great for Drinkwitz. Getting both would be a huge splash. Macon is hopeful both will sign with Mizzou. So is East St. Louis coach Darren Sunkett. But there's still a lot of time between now and December.
You're not seeing a whole lot of college basketball commitments right now around the country, at least not during this dead period that keeps getting extended month by month. We all know Mizzou needs to add a lot of pieces for its 2021 class. A lot of offers are on the table. Until schools can start lining up some visits, I'm not sure we're going to see many recruits jump on board just yet.
I thought he showed a lot of poise for a freshman and had some good zip on his passes. Keep in mind, that was an abysmal Arkansas defense that was missing some of its best players. But it was a promising start. He looked good in flashes at Georgia also. It should be an interesting competition if/when practices get started in August.
How many games are they playing? If it's a 12-game schedule - wear your mask if you want to see that happen - I'm sticking with 7-5.
I still believe he can build a great program at Mizzou. He just needs the players. We saw what he did with his most talented roster in his first season. They lost their best player for the bulk of the year, still won 20 games with a patchwork roster and nearly earned a double bye in a strong SEC field. But, clearly, any momentum has stalled. We can cite all the injuries, but healthy or not, this program hasn't had the firepower to compete against the elite teams in a conference that cares much more about men's hoops than it did when Mizzou first joined the SEC. This program doesn't need buzz. Buzz is fleeting. It might sell some tickets but it doesn't sustain. Mizzou needs substance. It needs development. It needs a foundation and pieces upon pieces so that it's constantly in reload mode.
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Macon believes he can win the job as a freshman, but that doesn't mean it will happen. He'll have to earn the job. Shawn Robinson will be a senior in 2021 and could very well be coming off a productive 2020 season. The others could figure into the mix, too.
The new special teams coordinator is Erik Link, who held the same role for Drinkwitz at App State last year. Special teams were better last year than they were in 2018, but there's still room for growth and, more than anything, major roles to be decided. Mizzou will have a new kicker for field goals/PATs and kickoffs and a new punter. Harrison Mevis is the scholarship freshman brought in to take over the FG/PAT job. Mizzou added Kentucky grad transfer Grant McKinnis to take over as the punter. He punted at UK as a freshman but was the backup to UK's All-American the last few years. He also handled kickoffs at UK the last two years.
Possibly. I say all the time that quarterbacks either start or transfer. You don't see many backup quarterbacks go through senior day ceremonies. It's not something I'd worry about. The best option usually gets the starting job and then the rest takes care of itself.
Camp was never slated to start July 13. Next week is when players can start up to eight hours per week of weight training, conditioning and film review. Then from July 24-Aug. 6 teams may have up to 20 hours of athletically related activities (but not more than four per day) for weight training/conditioning, walk-throughs with a football and team meetings/position meetings. What we would normally call preseason camp - live drills, tackling, scrimmages, etc - can begin on Aug. 7.
I didn't mean to imply that death rates/hospitalization shouldn't count, but when it comes to having college sports, those aren't the only factors at play here. It's not only a matter of whether the (unpaid) college athletes are going to live or die. There are a lot of layers here. How can you field a team to have games if you've got 15-20 players in quarantine for two weeks? Older coaches, staff and personnel are at greater risk of infection - and having a functional football program at the Power 5 level requires a couple hundred people involved in the process. That might not be possible under these circumstances. I hope that it is, but major programs are already having to suspend social distance weightlifting sessions because too many players are getting infected. Imagine what happens when they start tackling each other.
I have not but Benjamin Hochman wrote about him a few months ago after Brady signed with the Bucs.
I've really never heard a recruit say he chose a school based on the uniforms or decided against a school because of the uniforms. Alabama, Penn State and Clemson don't really touch their classic uniforms and they recruit just fine. Oklahoma, Ohio State and even Notre Dame have started to follow the Oregon trend with alternate uniforms and they recruit just fine. Maybe it's something that gets a recruit's attention during the process, but I think the first five factors you mention are far more influential on a recruit's decision.
Yes, if the football season is wiped out or a good chunk of it is lost and schools lose millions and millions in revenue, I could see the major conferences decide its best to redraw the map and shape conferences on more of a regional basis to cut down travel expenses, especially for the non-revenue teams that operate at a budget deficit. By having to travel to Florida, South Carolina and Georgia instead of Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State, Mizzou's across-the-board travel costs have risen sharply over the last eight years.
Ok, folks. That's all for today. We'll do this again next Thursday. Thanks for stopping by.