3 days to WVU.
Q: Guys have talked about you being a stop-the-run first type of coach, which is a little bit different than what they had. Is that fairly accurate, that you’ve been preaching to these guys about reading your keys?
Shipp: "It is. You want to stop the run. You want to watch your keys, because then we’ll get into passing situations. One of the worst ways to get beat is if somebody just runs the ball down your throat the whole time, and then you guys write about it and make us seem so bad. So, yeah, I’m going to stop the run first, but we still work on pass-rush technique and do those things, but they have learned a new style of football, about playing run defense and what have you. That’s not knocking anything they’ve done in the past, but, yeah, we want to stop the run first. We’re in the Southeastern Conference. When you’re playing LSU, don’t you think you need to stop the run first? And the other different schools we play. But we’re still going to rush the passer. I’m not going to take that away from them."
I know there's been a little bit of hand-wringing over Shipp potentially changing things up on the line, where Craig Kuligowski was so impressive. But in terms of de-emphasizing the pass rush vs. focusing more on the run ... Mizzou was 14th in Rushing S&P+ last year and 15th in Passing S&P+. The Tigers were sixth in stuff rate (run stops at or behind the line) and 56th in Adj. Sack Rate. Run defense was already a strength up front, so I doubt this changes much.
Only seven receivers were on the depth chart — two at each outside position and three in the slot — and receivers coach Andy Hill said MU will take 10-11 receivers to Morgantown, including senior walk-on Jake Brents, who is the holder on field goals and PATs.
How’s the receiver rotation going to work?
"A bunch of dudes playing," Hill said.
Profiles and whatnot
Howell has asserted himself as Missouri’s best left tackle in fall camp. Every day in practice, he faces Charles Harris, an All-Southeastern Conference performer that led the conference in tackles for loss last season.
"He is a lot more patient now," Harris said. "He got me yesterday a couple of times. He is watching a lot more film. It helps me because I need more motivation." [...]
"I definitely see a difference (in my growth)," he said. "I still don’t feel like I’ve really done anything, so I’m just working."
One hell of a "lapse in judgment"
The Tigers will be host to Troy on Oct. 19, 2019, and will play Sept. 13, 2025, at Miami (Ohio).
The addition of the Troy game completes Mizzou’s 2019 schedule and locks in the opponents for each of the next three future seasons.
Your daily J'den (reception)
A welcome-back reception for Olympic bronze medalist J'den Cox has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Columns Club on the east side of Memorial Stadium.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Parking will be available in stadium lots J, K and O.
The event is hosted by MU Athletics.
The most unexpectedly fruitful tree
Too many blurbs to quote on this one. A really good (and relatively sad, for the whole "Missouri stunk" part) read.