In case you didn’t catch the bad news last night, let’s rip the band-aid off really quick.
BREAKING: Jontay Porter tore his right ACL and MCL in today’s scrimmage against Southern Illinois. He’s out for the season. https://t.co/2UU5lrZRDM— Alex Schiffer (@TheSchiffMan) October 21, 2018
Thanks to everyone who reached out! It’s hard to stay positive in the midst of something like this but everything happens for a reason.— Jontay Porter (@JontayPorter) October 22, 2018
Here’s a bit from Schiffer’s story on how it happened.
A source who saw it happen said the injury on Sunday occurred while Porter was driving to the basket. A defender reached for the ball from behind him and caught his right arm. Porter fell backward with his right leg planted on the court and his left in midair. His right knee buckled and folded.
There’s going to be a lot of time for analysis, and we’ll have that for you soon. But for now, let’s see how everyone is taking the news.
Ban knees— Sam Snelling (@SamTSnelling) October 21, 2018
For Porter personally, this is devastating. He passed on likely going in the back half of the first round in the NBA draft to improve his stock. Now this.— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) October 22, 2018
When I remember that I’m a Mizzou fan pic.twitter.com/mTvUwAoubR— Josh Matejka (@joshmajika) October 22, 2018
As the news spread, reaction trickled down from outside Columbia as well.
So sorry to hear the news, Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery for @JontayPorter ! He will bounce back better than ever!— Travis Ford (@CoachTFord5) October 22, 2018
Keep your head up bro. Praying for a speedy recovery for you ✊— Dan G. (@Dan_G33) October 22, 2018
Calipari told about Jontay Porter's scrimmage ACL/MCL injury. Pounds podium, groans. "I haven't eaten yet and I'm nauseous now." Recalls talking to Nerlens Noel on bus after injury at Florida "and he started bawling." Groans again. "I've been there. Oof. Ahh. It's awful."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 22, 2018
Everything still hurts, and I’m still dying.
Hey, football is good again!
There were a lot of positives to take away from Saturday’s shellacking of Memphis, but as Ben Frederickson at STL Today points out, the secondary may be the most encouraging of them all.
But consider the base line, and now realize that a productive Memphis offense lost its best running back, shifted attention to the passing game, and the plan fizzled. That alone is encouraging. Mizzou limited White to 15 completions on 37 attempts. He threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.
Of course, the secondary doesn’t really need to be good when you score 65 points in a game. But with Kentucky coming to town next weekend, and with Benny Snell battling a slight foot injury, now would be a good times to discover themselves.
Speaking of Kentucky...
#Mizzou opens as a 6.5 point favorite over Kentucky per Vegas Insider. I’m not surprised the Tigers are favored, I’m a little surprised it’s by that amount.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) October 21, 2018
I’d imagine that line will get a little closer as the week goes on.
And, hey, the report cards are in! And they’re much more generous this time around!
- Almost everyone passed in Mitchell Forde’s book
- Alex Schiffer actually wasn’t as kind considering the results, and he’s got a point about the special teams!
Yesterday at Rock M
- BREAKING: Jontay Porter suffers season-ending knee injury
- REPORT: Top grad transfer QB sets official visit to Missouri
- Much has been made of Purdue’s upset win over Ohio State, but even more should be made of the Tyler Trent story. Here’s Gregg Doyel’s version at the Indy Star
- New Missouri bowl projections!
247: Belk Bowl vs. Miami
CBS Sports: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Michigan State
ESPN: Liberty Bowl vs. Oklahoma State; Outback Bowl vs. Penn State
Saturday Down South: Liberty Bowl vs. Kansas State
SB Nation: Texas Bowl vs. Texas Tech