There's only one thing left on the 2015-16 Mizzou athletics calendar.
Camp season continues
"I think it’s awesome for football that you go and get to promote the game of football and teach the instructions of playing a position," Odom said, rather diplomatically. "But I still look forward to having camps on our campus."
He seemed energetic for a man who had just flown in from Texas late Saturday night. The first-year Tigers coach had spent most of the past week on the Lone Star swing of Mizzou’s satellite camp schedule, a five-city ordeal. Mississippi has been crossed off the list. Kansas City, Atlanta and multiple stops in Illinois are on the docket.
"They see the Mizzou brand, the SEC brand," Odom said. "That’s nothing but positive."
East St. Louis (Ill.) brought a contingent of players over to the camp, but top 2017 receiver Jeff Thomas was not there. However, one player to watch is 2018 defensive end/ linebacker Terrion Williams, Jr. He measured in at 6-foot-2, 247-pounds and was one of the most athletic linemen in attendance.
The 2016 Trib previews have begun
Turnover on defense: Unlike 2015, when WVU had eight returning starters on defense, this year’s squad is marked by a lot of returning starters on offense but not many on defense. The Mountaineers’ defense last season excelled at forcing turnovers, forcing 31 of them, tied for the fifth-most in the country. Twenty-three of those came via interceptions, but most of those ball hawks are gone. Only four of the interceptions came by players who return in 2016. WVU might have had even more interceptions had safety Karl Joseph not torn his anterior cruciate ligament after the fourth game of the season. Joseph had five interceptions at the time of the injury. He was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders. Cornerback Daryl Worley left a year early and was drafted in the third round by the Carolina Panthers. Another safety, KJ Dillon, was drafted in the fifth round by the Houston Texans. With all the roster turnover, it begs the question of whether a WVU strength in 2015 – a ball-hawking pass defense – might take a step back in 2016.
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