Tiger Talk: Bud Sasser and Darvin Ruise join Mike Kelly and Gary Pinkel
"I knew pretty much right when happened," Gatti said. "I’ve had three prior knee injuries. You know when something’s wrong, especially an ACL. … I just went to step and heard the pop. I knew there was no turning back from there."
Do you like visual aids for your depth charts? (h/t to bannedwagoner)
For all those people who really really wanted to see Mizzou's young wide receivers play, you'll get your chance this week.
Pinkel says Wesley Leftwich and J'Mon Moore will both play significant snaps in relief of White.
On moving Kenya Dennis above John Gibson at corner:
"Gibson's still going to play. If one guys plays better, that's what we do." Pinkel says he expects Nate Brown to "get some playing time, help Bud out a little bit."
For one, senior outside receiver Darius White is not expected to play after getting hurt in Saturday's loss to Indiana. White came up limping after an 11-yard catch along the sideline in the fourth quarter and is listed as out for Saturday's game on the updated depth chart. A specific injury is not listed. Junior Wesley Leftwich is listed as the new starter at White's Z-receiver position, though backups J'Mon Moore and Nate Brown should also see extended playing time.
So the pocket held steady on 37 of 57 dropbacks, or about 65 percent of them. I don't know what a national average for this would be, but I would think it's higher than that. Missouri also tried to help Mauk out by rolling him away from blitzes if Indiana showed pressure before the snap. They did so six times, yielding four completions for 46 yards and an interception.
Mauk was also pretty good about getting it out when the blitz came, but it was for shorter yardage, obviously, as his time was short. Looking at the pressures...the interior had a rough day. Seven of the 11 came through the center/guard area, plus Tegray Scales' late hit when Missouri didn't have enough bodies to block him rolling four-wide on what it thought was the last play of the game.
Pinkel on center Evan Boehm having issues with shotgun snaps, says it wasn't just because Indiana had a nose guard directly over him. "He had nose guards over him all of last year. ... He's got to calm down a little bit. He knows it, too."
Pinkel says Mauk and Boehm being best friends will help the situation. He compared it to a golfer struggling with his putting.
Pinkel on Boehm: "He's got to give himself a break and chill out and relax. ... He knows it's the one time people are going to notice him."
On the experience Mizzou's wide receivers have gained this season...
"Bottom line is that they'll play a little more now. A lot of those veteran guys, like Bud Sasser, it's hard to get them out of the game. We're going to get some young guys in Saturday, and I think they'll do a good job."
On what the team must do to get the running game going...
"I don't think it's just the offensive line. The better you throw the ball the more it opens up the running game too. A lot of times the running backs have to hit the crease the right way. It's a combination of a lot of things. I think it's going, but just not consistent enough. We're getting yardage out of it, but we'd like better consistency and positive plays. You always strive for that and we look at that all the time."
Really, "The Smearer"? Doesn't his name rhyme with "Shear"? Aren't there plenty of puns to make with that?
Mizzou is looking to continue the good mojo on the road that it has enjoyed recently, as the Tigers have won six consecutive away games heading into Saturday's showdown at South Carolina. Mizzou went a sterling 5-0 on the road in 2013 (on the way to a 12-2 overall record), and combined with a 49-24 win at Toledo in game #2 this year, Mizzou has won six straight road games, and hasn't lost since ending the 2012 season at Texas A&M.
Last time out: South Carolina 48, Vanderbilt 34. The Gamecocks trailed 14-0 after the first quarter and led by just seven points with less than six minutes remaining, but they prevailed in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt benefited from two touchdowns on kickoff returns. The Gamecocks amassed 449 yards of total offense. Dylan Thompson was 22-of-34 passing for 237 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Pharoh Cooper caught 10 passes for 114 yards.
I'm including this because it continues to pop up in my feed due to them listing him through Missouri.
11. Cleveland Browns (from BUF) -- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri: The Browns stubbornly refused to acknowledge the impending loss of Josh Gordon throughout the 2014 draft, leaving quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel lacking playmakers at the receiver position. Like Gordon, Green-Beckham comes with character concerns that could push him down the board but he's a top 10 talent who is drawing comparisons to Cincinnati Bengals' star A.J. Green for his size, speed and ball-skills.
"I would say mostly Missouri is recruiting me the hardest," the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Bryant said Monday by phone from Huntington (W.V.) Prep. "Syracuse is recruiting me but Missouri has been recruiting me real hard the latest."
Randomly, Jeremy Maclin's 4th Quarter TD vs Washington:
Among regional signees, the Mammoths have added receiver Tramaine Thompson out of Kansas State, tight end Ernst Brun of Iowa State, kicker Trey Barrow of Missouri, long snapper Casey Kreiter of Iowa and defensive lineman Travis Chappelier of Northwest Missouri State.