Mizzou defensive assistants and players spoke with the media on Wednesday and were pretty candid about the Tigers’ surprising (to them) struggles on D. Tramel Raggs was on hand to grab video, which you can see below.
I can’t decide whether this quote from Terez Hall is encouraging or mortifying.
After Tuesday’s practice, as the Tigers (1-0) prepared for Saturday’s 6 p.m. visit from South Carolina (1-0), several defensive players said Saturday’s effort reflected last week’s sluggish practices.
“Honestly, being real with you, our preparation to that moment and our Wednesday practice wasn’t fluid enough,” linebacker Terez Hall said. “We might have taken Missouri State too light. That falls back on me. I don’t care if I go hard, but if I’m not pushing my teammates harder, that means we didn’t prepare hard enough.”
On one hand, this is good — you play how you practice, and Mizzou is probably practicing more sharply this week with a ‘real’ game on deck.
On the other hand, HOW ARE YOU NOT UP AND FOCUSED FOR YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL GAME IN NINE MONTHS? I don’t care who the opponent is. It’s game week, your first chance in forever to prove something, and you have “sluggish practices” and a lack of effort?? As much as people want to attack the coaching here — and there’s certainly reason for such a thing — that’s on the players. If no one takes leadership on the defensive side of the ball, nothing’s going to change.
On the other side of the ball, more honors have rolled in. First, Damarea Crockett was named the top running back of the week by PFF.
PFF Week 1 National Team of the Week - Offense pic.twitter.com/OSV4HEsYXX— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 5, 2017
Plus, Drew Lock was named SEC player of the week by the league office. It was just Missouri State, obviously, but Lock’s maturation has been obvious.
“He made a big jump and was more mature with his throws and more consistent, but that’s got to continue,” Odom said. “It was one week. He understands that. He’s got a great grasp of what we’re trying to do offensively and made some throws the other day that he wouldn’t have last year. … He’s growing up, and I expect him to continue to move in that direction.”
Missouri’s coaches particularly were impressed with a throwaway Lock had after his second read was covered, a pass he might have tried to force into coverage for a turnover during past seasons.
- Hey, we haven’t heard anything from Michael Porter Jr. or Mizzou Basketball in a while. I need a fix.
Ah yeah, that’s the stuff.
- Mizzou Cross Country’s Jenna Lutzow won SEC freshman of the week honors after a top-10 finish at the JK Gold Classic.
- Two Tigers (one current, one former) made the USA Swimming national team for 2017-18.
- The Maneater just published part one of a four-part “beginner’s guide to wrestling” series. Probably not that worst idea in the world.
- This week’s Numerical is up. Mizzou gets a passing mention, and conference quality gets the marquee topic treatment.
- There have been conflicting sentiments from fans and analysts for a while when it comes to player transfers. A lot of people want players to be treated more fairly and given more rights within the current system; they also don’t want loose player transfer rules because of the free-for-all that could be ignited. Well ... we might get that free-for-all.
- The goal is quality over quantity for the Trib’s sports staff these days.