Gary Pinkel Press Conference
Gamecocks' offense goes for power and vertical
Steve Spurrier figures out what you can't defend and kills you with it. What does that mean for Missouri's defense against the Gamecocks? And can the Mizzou line provide the push it needs for the Tigers to pull off the road win?
Tessitore’s presence should have signaled that something wild was going to unfold in Mizzou’s homecoming game. His ESPN assignments always seem to end with a memorable play, usually in overtime. He called Missouri’s 2011 loss at Arizona State, when Gary Pinkel infamously called timeout as Grant Ressel lined up for the game-winning kick at the end of regulation. Ressel missed. Mizzou lost in overtime.
Missouri averaged 262.3 yards a game and 6.2 yards a carry against its four non-conference foes last year. This season, facing about the same competition -- with a bit of an upgrade for UCF and South Dakota State over Arkansas State and Murray State -- Missouri is putting up those 185.5 yards a game and 4.8 yards a carry we referenced earlier. That's a dropoff of 29 percent in yards and 23 percent in average. Oh, and a dropoff of 71 percent in touchdowns rushing (14 versus four).
Cheers if … Missouri gets its run game on track. The Tigers shuffled the offensive line after losing senior left guard Anthony Gatti to a season-ending knee injury. Junior Brad McNulty steps in for him with junior Connor McGovern moving from right tackle to guard and Taylor Chappell joining the starting lineup at right tackle.
Davis enters this year's game against Mizzou having carried the ball 58 times (sixth most in the SEC) for 264 yards and a pair of scores. While he's by no means the fastest tailback in the league, he can effectively utilize his size to bowl over defenders and has the ability to create some separation once he hits the second level.
3. Is Mike Davis completely healthy?
His numbers seem to be a bit lower than the same point last year. Is it more a running-back-by-committee or will Davis begin to get more and more carries as the season continues? As far as we know, Davis is fully healthy now. That being said, he's not the same guy he was when the Gamecocks played Missouri last year. Whether the reason is run blocking, health, focus or a combination of all three, he has not been as explosive as he was the first two-thirds of his sophomore season. His 66 yards per game rank No. 15 in the SEC right now, and he hasn't been a difference-maker so far this year. He's still talented though and a guy who could break out with a spark.
"He responded well," McGovern said. "I mean, you kind of look at that Twitter thing, and peple were blasting him. It kind of -- it kind of sucks. Those are your fans and you feel like they don't believe in you anymore. Then again, most of them never snapped a ball. They don't know what it's like to snap a ball and block a guy at the same time. It's hard."
Senior defensive lineman Matt Hoch (Harlan, Iowa) has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, as announced Thursday by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF)
St. Louis, Mo. - University of Missouri football great Gus Otto received a noteworthy honor last night in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., as he was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. Otto, who came to Mizzou from McBride High School, was a standout two-way player for Coach Dan Devine from 1962-64, and helped lead the Tigers to a record of 21-7-3 during those seasons. Mizzou finished each of those years ranked in the nation's top-20, including final rankings of 12th in 1962, 16th in 1963 and 18th in 1964.
But this season could be an anomaly. Maybe the ACC had better players in recent seasons than these numbers suggest. So we looked at recruiting rankings for teams from 2009 to 2013 using the same weighted-average technique. We also made sure to only include teams when they actually played in a particular conference (e.g. Texas A&M is in the Big 12 until 2012 and in the SEC thereafter). As seen in the graph below, the relative talent in conferences has remained pretty stable with few changes in position.
Mizzou had an event with the Boys and Girls Town last night and tweeted some pictures:
Wes Clark and Johnathan Williams III
Tramaine Isabell and Keith Shamburger
And oh look, JaKeenan Gant
Moore, the team's third-leading tackler with 23 stops, has yet to be flagged or fined for an illegal hit through three games after being fined almost $75,000 last year. He told ESPN he received a warning letter from the league this summer.
The guy at 27 seconds made me chuckle: