Man oh man, I can’t believe it’s already August. Time flies when you get old. Wait a second...
...IT’S AUGUST. THAT MEANS MIZZOU FALL CAMP STARTS TODAY.
Training camp preview links, ahoy!
4. O-line shuffle?
The Tigers return seven offensive linemen with starting experience and have several candidates who figure to compete for the starting jobs at a couple interior positions. Left tackle Tyler Howell and right tackle Paul Adams are set on the corners, while Kevin Pendleton should be another fixture at left guard. Adam Ploudre returns at right guard, though Alec Abeln and Samson Bailey — both past starters — could push for playing time on the inside, along with second-year players Tre’Vour Simms and Trystan Castillo. Jonah Dubinski, a walk-on, opens camp as the starting center but will have to hold off several other candidates.
2. How much of a concern is the secondary?
[...] It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, locks down a starting secondary spot during training camp, because all those jobs remain up for grabs — really up for grabs, not in the “every job is up for grabs at every practice” coach-speak kind of way.
Entering camp, sophomores DeMarkus Acy (6-2, 195) and Christian Holmes (6-1, 195) are listed atop the depth chart, with seniors Logan Cheadle (5-10, 180) and Anthony Hines (6-1, 195) penciled in as the backups. Acy and Holmes had some bright moments as freshmen, while Cheadle was limited for a chunk of the season because of a sprained ankle.
At SEC Media Days, coach Barry Odom was self-critical of the physical toll fall practice put on his team during the early going of Missouri's 4-8 2016 campaign and said he would be making some changes to this season's preparations.
"I grinded those guys last year," Odom said. "I think, for a number of reasons, we didn’t play very good early on in the year. But at the end of the day, I didn’t do a good enough job of getting these guys ready to go play their best."
While the Tigers return 10 starters on offense and 10 on defense who made multiple starts last year, Odom begins the year more comfortable with his staff.
Jackie Shipp, never a natural fit with last year’s players, was fired as defensive line coach heading into the final week of the season.
Odom has raved about his replacement, Brick Haley, a more charismatic coach who worked hard immediately to build relationships with his new players.
“The impact that the people of the university immediately made on me was something that I wanted to be a part of,” Odom said. “I could see myself here.”
The latter part turned out to be a massive understatement. Odom has been a part of Mizzou Athletics for almost two decades in various different roles – player, coach, operations. Through his experiences, specifically as a player and a student-athlete (1996-99), he has developed an appreciation for all that Mizzou has done for him.
“The opportunities opened up so many doors and it changed my life course history on not only who I was then, but for the next 40 to 50 years of my life,” Odom said. “It’s allowed me opportunities now in the role that I am in having a chance to impact student-athletes that we have today.
- So it appears former Mizzou running back and pitcher Tyler Hunt has his fastball up to 97 mph. I haven’t been able to find the context for his — who he’s pitching for in this clip — but he’s still working to become a successful pitcher, it appears. (Here’s Tramel Raggs’ 2016 feature on him.)
It's been a long road and journey but I've always trusted his plan for me ☝ ️☝ ️. Take the road less traveled. pic.twitter.com/ODfcavl5PY— Tyler Hunt (@THunt35) July 31, 2017
- Here’s a pretty good read on Mizzou point guard target and Memphis product Alex Lomax.
- In February, Missouri governor Eric Greitens rescinded Jon Sundvold’s appointment to the Missouri board of curators. On Monday, he re-appointed Sundvold. Okay. Congrats, I guess.
- Former Trib editor and longtime Columbia media mainstay Joe Walljasper has a new gig: a weekly column with PowerMizzou. Good to have you back in the game, Joe.