Media Day: Superman's cape, Early Kickoffs, Runnin' the dang ball
"I don’t want to put an ‘S’ on his chest, but he’s starting to get a swoosh there," Tigers defensive coordinator Dave Steckel said. "I don’t know a better player in the country than him, and I’ve been studying the hell out of him for a week and a half. He’s great. I’ve been impressed with him."
On Todd Gurley: "He's strong. He breaks tackles very well. You're not going to stop him. You have to try and contain him. You do that through gap integrity. You've got to tackle well and pursue well. It's all well and good to say things like that, but you have to do them...I can't imagine a back being better than he is."
Heisman hopeful: Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley is living up to the hype. The Heisman hopeful is averaging 154.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks third nationally. He has eight rushing touchdowns. Gurley has rushed for more than 130 yards in all but one game this season. He had 73 yards on six carries in Georgia’s 66-0 romp of Troy on Sept. 20. He caught two passes against Vanderbilt for 24 yards and now has 11 receptions this season.
On the team's preparation for early 11 a.m. kickoffs...
"I think every player and coach in the country would rather get up and play at 11 o'clock in the morning. They want to get it over instead of agonizing about it all day long. I don't personally ever look at it that way. It is what it is. There's a huge difference in playing at seven o'clock at night versus playing at 11 o'clock in the morning. You wake up and have your pre-game meal at 7 a.m. The second you bounce out of bed you better have your head right to play. You don't get any of your Saturday to work on getting yourself ready to play. It's all about preparation."
Pinkel asked about offensive changes if Hunt and White aren't available: "We've got to call our offense the way we do. We're not going to all of a sudden become an I-formation team and run the ball 70 times."
Bye Week Madness and #DLineZou
- First of all, Mike Alden should get an award for scheduling the bye week this past weekend. No good team wanted to be playing this weekend, except Auburn. I think Mizzou is right where they want to be. With the collapse of South Carolina on Saturday, the East is now a two-team race. The winner of this weekend’s game should decide the division winner. Mizzou is at home and they’re coming off a bye week. They should be healed up, focused and ready to give Georgia everything they’ve got. I might expect some trick plays this weekend after having so long to study the Georgia tape and tendencies. They’re going to need to play their best game of the year, but I like Mizzou’s chances this weekend.
"I had some NFL scouts come in and say, ‘Those two guys (Kony Ealy and Michael Sam) are pretty good, but the two behind them (Markus Golden and Shane Ray) — shoot, they might be better,’" Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said during Monday’s weekly news conference. "Don’t tell Kony and Michael I said that. I’ll get a text or two tonight probably. But (Golden and Ray) are explosive guys, man. They come off the corner and create a lot of problems."
#GoldRush, #PackTheZou and Bicycles!
The University of Missouri Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that all tickets have sold out for Mizzou's football game on Saturday, Oct. 11, against Georgia. A capacity crowd of 71,168 is anticipated to be on hand for the matchup between the 23rd-ranked Tigers (4-1, 1-0 SEC) and the 13th-ranked Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 SEC).
MIZZOU-GEORGIA SERIES HISTORY Saturday's Mizzou-Georgia game will be just the fourth meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. UGA holds a 2-1 advantage over Mizzou entering the 2014 meeting.
A designated area on the east side of the Hearnes Center will be available with bike racks and railing lock locations for the event's participants. Fans are asked to bring their own lock to secure their bike, as Mizzou Athletics is not responsible for any stolen bicycles. For a detailed map of the designated bike racks on Oct. 11, click here.
Injury Updates and Florida Game time
Sophomore running back Morgan Steward is expected to miss his sixth straight game recovering from the hip injury he suffered the first week of fall camp in August.
Missouri's Oct. 18 game at Florida will kick off at 6 p.m. Central and air on ESPN or ESPN2