You know what’s awesome? When you undergo a youth movement and get better at the same time.
Barry Odom looked out on Faurot Field on Saturday and couldn’t help notice the common thread among four teammates as defensive ends Chris Turner and Tre Williams, defensive tackle Kobie Whiteside and outside linebacker Joshuah Bledsoe dragged down a Tennessee ball-carrier.
“Freshman, freshman, freshman, freshman,” Odom said Monday. “I’m pretty excited about that.”
- Against Purdue, freshmen and sophomores made up 26% of the snaps on the defensive line, 21% at linebacker/nickelback, and 36% in the defensive backfield. Seniors, meanwhile: 39% on the line, 27% at LB/NB, and 55% in the secondary.
- Against Tennessee: freshmen and sophomores got 33% of the snaps on the defensive line, 35% at linebacker/nickel, and 49% in the defensive backfield. Seniors: 35% up front, 14% at linebacker/nickel, and 25% in the secondary.
Barry Odom and his coaches haven’t completely turned the defense over to the freshmen, but despite the stabilizing effects of having peaking senior Anthony Sherrils in the back, youngsters have stolen a lot of the seniors’ snaps. And after allowing 42 points per game over the first six, the Tigers have allowed 17 per game since. That’s a happy combination right there, especially in the secondary.
Walters said his players have gained experience throughout the year. They are a young and inexperienced group outside of Sherrils, but growing pains for players like Acy are wearing off.
“They’re starting to go through the natural maturation process in terms of gaining experience,” Walters said. “We’re starting to see the result of that.”
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- Ish Witter could end up passing some pretty special names on Mizzou’s all-time rushing list.
- Witter and Larry Rountree III gained 110 yards after contact on Saturday? Damn.
The Mizzou backfield ran wild this past weekend against Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/w4oVUg62V2— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 14, 2017
- Per PFF, Rountree was the SEC’s second-best back last week, and Sherrils was its second-best safety.
PFF Week 11 - SEC Team of the Week - Offense pic.twitter.com/mu8GoCxyMN— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 14, 2017
PFF Week 11 - SEC Team of the Week - Defense pic.twitter.com/DRYzDoi8i0— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 14, 2017
- Ha, I’d forgotten that both Emanuel Hall and Corey Fatony were from Franklin, Tenn. The Trib took a look at their high school rivalry as they revisit the area on Saturday.
- Walk-on Adam Roland, grandson of Mizzou great Johnny Roland, wore Johnny’s No. 23 for Senior Night. Really cool.
- Wanna take a closer look at the Tennessee game? Of course you do.
- While Mizzou Basketball’s Michael Porter Jr. remains day-to-day, but after suffering a knock against Wagner, it appears that Blake Harris is probable for Thursday’s Utah game. So there’s that.
- This really sounded good in someone’s head for a minute. It was less good when it came out.
- Oh hey look, Karissa Schweizer won another award.
- Mizzou Softball announced its fall signing class. Basically one big-time, national recruit (shortstop Jazmyn Rollin, of Salt Lake City) and mostly locals (five of eight from Missouri or a bordering state).