Corbin Berkstresser is your starting quarterback, DGB is turning the page, Dave Christensen is sitting out this weekend, and Phil Pressey is your SEC preseason player of the year.
Mizzou Football Links
- Game Week
MUtigers.com: Tigers Wrap Up Homestand with Homecoming
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Media Day Quotes
On the teams approach going forward and Mizzou's history of finishing the season strong:
"I think the most important thing for our football team to understand is that every bit of our attention should be on this football game, every bit, and beyond that it just doesn't really matter. These guys are smart, they know what's going on and they understand what our goals are. I think one thing we do, is that we're real consistent around here. We don't come in here and change things. Our bye week schedule is our bye week schedule, we don't put in brand new offenses, we don't change the way we lift weights, we don't change the way we practice - we're very consistent. What we do works. If we coach better and if we play better, then we'll win more and that's just the way it is. The system doesn't change. We just have to coach our players to do a better job and then we'll win more. That's what we've done since I got here and that will never change. The system we have in place works. "
On Quarterback Corbin Berkstresser:
"I think that playing quarterback is all about experience, and the way you get experience is by playing. Certainly it's difficult, but I think he's done some good things - we're just looking for a little bit more consistency. The other side of that is when you have an inexperienced quarterback you want your offensive line, your running backs and your receivers playing well. When those guys are playing well, it's a whole lot easier to play quarterback. If you play better, he'll play better. We have some of those same issues within the interior of our offensive line as well, but with that being said, the better that people play around him, the easier it is for a young quarterback to get in there and improve. He's working hard and we'll see where it goes."
The Trib (Dave Matter): Tigers Meet the Press
Expect fewer five-wide formations this week from the Tigers. Yost said MU will use fewer formations with five receivers and more four-wide looks with a tailback alongside the quarterback. Yost talked at length about the problems Missouri is dealing with offensively and some of the trends they're seeing from SEC defenses. I'll explore this topic later this week. I asked Yost if the struggles have shaken his confidence in the spread offense's long-term viability in the SEC. In a word, no. He still believes in MU's base offense. (He said a lot more than that, and keep reading over the next few days for more of his thoughts.)
The Wildcats have played a total of four quarterbacks this season. Two of them are true freshmen. Maxwell Smith, a sophomore, entered the season as the starter and played four games before tearing a ligament in his left ankle against South Carolina. Freshman Jalen Whitlow and senior Morgan Newton have also started, with freshman Patrick Towles playing in relief during a loss to Mississippi State.
The team’s quarterback situation is a mess, with a lack of continuity affecting Kentucky’s ability to develop consistency as an offense. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, whose team has played almost three full games without starting quarterback James Franklin, knows how it feels.
"They’ve had a few problems too at quarterback, haven’t they?" Pinkel said wryly at Missouri’s weekly media day Monday. "You’re a different football team. I certainly understand what they’re going through. To say it’s difficult would be an understatement."
Pinkel said junior tight end Eric Waters, who was carted off the field on a stretcher near the end of MU’s 42-10 loss to Alabama on Oct. 13, continues to make encouraging progress in his recovery from a muscle strain. Pinkel said Waters practiced last Saturday and Sunday and should be ready to go for Saturday’s game.
"He’s looking pretty good," Pinkel said. "On Saturday morning, he did not look good at all, but (Sunday night), he was a different guy. We expect him to be back 100 percent."
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Week Eight Media Day
KC Star: Green-Beckham has had frustrating season
Post-Dispatch: DGB wants to put drug arrest behind him
The widely heralded receiver returned to play against Alabama but did not have a reception. He has seven catches for 128 yards and one touchdown on the season.
"I turned it into a positive after it happened," Green-Beckham said. "I just thought about it a lot and I've got to be here for my teammates. I can't let that get to us and our team. We need all of us to be on the same page."
The country's No. 1 recruit has had a disappointing season, thus far. After making three catches in his first game, he had one in each of the next four games.
He ran the ball four times for 19 yards against Arizona State but has not had a rushing attempt since.
Any chance he had of building on his big play at Central Florida was doused by the arrest. But Green-Beckham sees no reason he and other Mizzou receivers can't make more big plays.
"We need plays like that to happen all the time," he said. "I don't see any DBs that can really hold our receiver group. Being over six feet and all the speed we have is a big difference."
- Past Recruiting
PowerMizzou: Recruiting Rewind: QB
- You Can't Go Wrong ... All You Need Is A Song...
We Are Mizzou: Song of the Week: Kip Edwards
Other Football Links
CBS Sports: Wyoming's Dave Christensen fined, suspended for outburst
MWC Connection: Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen fined $50,000, suspended one game after rant
The Classical: What Happened To Football's Next Great Stat?
Mizzou Basketball Links
- Preseason All-SEC Team
MUtigers.com: Phil Pressey Named SEC Player of the Year
SEC Player of the Year: Phil Pressey, Missouri
First Team All-SEC
B.J. Young - Arkansas, G, 6-3, 180, So., St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton - Florida, G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Nerlens Noel - Kentucky, F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Phil Pressey - Missouri, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.
Second Team All-SEC
Marshawn Powell - Arkansas, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
Patric Young - Florida, C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Georgia, G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Alex Poythress - Kentucky, F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Michael Dixon, Jr. - Missouri, G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Jeronne Maymon - Tennessee, F, 6-7, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.
Preseason Media Poll Pts
Kentucky (17) 328
Florida (5) 310
Missouri (1) 286
Tennessee (1) 269
Ole Miss 186
Texas A&M 122
South Carolina 54
Mississippi State 37
The Missourian: Missouri's Pressey SEC preseason Player of the Year
KC Star: Pressey is SEC preseason player of year; MU picked to finish third
Post-Dispatch: MU's Pressey voted SEC's top preseason player
Fox Sports MW: Pressey voted preseason SEC POY
KBIA Sports: Pressey named Preseason Player of the Year, Mizzou projected to finish third
- 2013 Recruiting
Rivals.com: Weekend wrap: Mizzou winning big
PowerMizzou: VIDEO: Torren Jones in action
- 2014 Recruiting
PowerMizzou: Beard experiences Mizzou Madness
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
- Baseball Roster
SimmonsField.com: Who's on First: B1G Men on Campus
SimmonsField.com: SxSE: Athens, GA
Other Mizzou Links
- Mizzou Volleyball
MUtigers.com: Tigers Head to Georgia for Showdown on ESPNU
- Mizzou Soccer
The Missourian: Missouri's Jess Gwin still contributing to team after career-ending injury
- Mizzou Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Tigers Improve after Round Two in Vegas
- Mizzou Gymnastics
MUtigers.com: Tigers to Compete in Three Televised Meets