Hello, Mizzou chatters. Thanks for joining today. I'll be here for the next couple hours. Lots to talk about.
OK. We'll see if he gets in.
There's some thought he'll be a defensive asset off the bench. He's not someone they're going to expect to be much of a factor offensively. Missouri is listing him as a junior for now. Martin hasn't done any media lately, so I haven't gotten official word on the eligibility question. He's 23 years old, which will make him one of the oldest players in the SEC.
I don't get any sense that they'll overlook SEMO. And I'm not sure it would matter much if they did. SEMO is a decent FCS team. Even the elite FCS teams are still long shots to beat most Power 5 teams. As long as Missouri doesn't turn the ball over a bunch or give up multiple long touchdowns on defense, I don't envision this being a competitive game by the third quarter.
I'm not sure about the logistics. I'm sure there was a reasonable reason why the vendors were set up where they were set up. I'm just a football writer. The concessions beat is a bit off my radar.
That's always the hope when you play an FCS opponent and other than the Missouri State a game years ago Mizzou always goes deep into the reserves when an FCS team comes to town. I'd expect the same Saturday.
I don't recall any penalties that looked like bad calls. It's pretty easy to call offsides when defenders consistently jump across the line before the snap. You can live with some offsides flags - as long as they're not on third and short. Sometimes really good defensive teams get called for a lot of penalties, the kind that reflect an aggressive approach. Good teams can overcome those kind of flags. It's the late hits that extend drives that kill momentum and gives opponents new life. Hansford had a bad penalty on a late hit on the QB. Those are senseless. The two penalties on the offensive line were really rare for this team. I'm sure those were addressed with some emphasis this week in practice.
I'm not sure. He was never an incredibly accurate quarterback and his arm strength was limited. Maybe he'd be given more of a shot at the position than he did in 2007, but hard to know for sure. On the other hand, I think Chase Daniel would be a first-round pick in 2019 compared to being an undrafted player in 2009. He wasn't all that different from Baker Mayfield coming out of college. The stigma on short QBs from spread systems has faded in the NFL. Daniel was highly accurate and productive at Mizzou and won a ton of games. All the things held against him in 2009 - too short, gimmicky offense - aren't used against QBs as much in 2019.
There's only one current senior on the roster - Reed Nikko - but it's not like they're going to turn down Love or Christopher if they both want to come to Mizzou. I don't think anyone would be surprised if Tilmon leaves after his junior year. There are some other ways to clear a roster spot. It would be a great problem to have.
I haven't been able to track down Santos or Guess. Roberts went to Texas Tech, left the team (not sure it was his choice) and resurfaced at Broward College.
They ruled him down by forward progress because he stopped moving forward. I think their intent was in the right place. Officials want to protect quarterbacks and had they let that play keep going and another defender soared in and leveled Bryant he could have been hurt badly. But had they swallowed their whistles in this case, he spins out and runs for a long gain. NCAA rules define forward progress as the advancement by the ball carrier - so it's a bit of a judgement call if Bryant was done advancing.
If the network decides to go to a TV commercial, the action stops for two minutes. If the network decides to stay with the game because its out of its allotted commercials, the timeout is set for 30 seconds.
The Arkansas game is on CBS nationwide, but technically they're all nationally televised if they're on ESPN, ESPN2 or SEC Network. It's not like any of the games are just available locally.
He hasn't announced anything, so no update. There have been multiple reports that he's canceled a visit to Indiana. That leaves Kansas, Louisville, Missouri and North Carolina in the mix. Arizona is off the list, according to some reports today. He took an official visit to Mizzou last weekend. KU, Louisville and UNC all visited Love this week. Cuonzo Martin will reportedly visit him today at CBC. Four-team race at this point.
He's in the shotgun or pistol exclusively at Mizzou other than short-yardage plays. That won't keep him from getting drafted. Lock went in the second round and played in the same formations. Oklahoma's QBs went first overall the last two years and were always in the shotgun. Lock did a lot of work with his personal QB coach on taking snaps under center and working on NFL-style drops from under center. I presume Bryant will do the same.
Taylor Powell attempted three passes and all three were incomplete. I'd expect him to get more work against SEMO. He's got to move the chains to be able to get more chances to throw the ball. Odom and Dooley weren't happy with the backup offense when they got in the game. With Powell the game, MU ran 16 plays for 61 yards. Rountree ran for two first downs and Downing picked up one, but otherwise MU wasn't all that efficient moving the ball once Bryant came out.