1. No surprises against UT-Martin on Saturday; no surprises at Media Day on Tuesday.
The Week 2 depth chart was released on Tuesday and there were no changes. The biggest news? Probably that the three players who missed substantial time during the season opener (Kevin Pendleton, Khalil Oliver and Rashad Brandon) will all be back for Wyoming, under the lights on Saturday.
The most important on-going storylines are what we didn’t see on Saturday (Not much of the playbook on offense, says the Kansas City Star) and which freshmen we did see on Saturday (Probably the most true freshmen in one game that Barry Odom can recall, says Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post Dispatch).
For all the talk about Kam Scott and Jalen Knox and Tyler Badie, Odom singled out a player we hadn’t heard much about prior to Saturday — freshman corner Jarvis Ware.
From Matter’s notebook:
“He’s going to help us in a lot of different roles because of his length and speed and confidence and football IQ and understanding of what we’re asking him to do.”
2. And what about those Cowboys from Wyoming?
Even considering the opponents it’s played, Wyoming’s rush defense has been stout — 66 TOTAL rushing yards on 37 carries. And, even though the Cowboys have forced just one turnover through two games, Barry Odom slapped the “aggressive” tag on them.
“They’re an aggressive team, they’re assignment sound, they tackle really well,” Odom said. “They’re aggressive in their coverages, but also understand where they need to be every snap. You don’t see a lot of guys running uncovered, you don’t see missed assignments.”
Maybe Missouri will have to bring out Washington State’s “Big Gulp” formation this weekend?
Down 19-13 in the 3rd to Wyoming, Mike Leach calls the same bizarre formation two consecutive plays, eventually scores 28 unanswered to win 41-19 & afterwards talks about preparing his team with seasonal forest fires https://t.co/FmSm3D9nli pic.twitter.com/E0ULy3ozfF— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 2, 2018
Also, a reminder that the forecast for Saturday is rain — and a lot of that. Odom has his players preparing for some less-than-ideal elements.
Here’s another wrap-up of media day, this one from Daniel Jones of the Columbia Daily Tribune with a nice look at Jordan Elliott’s return to the football field.
3. EJ Liddell not the only top target on campus this weekend
At least not according to this tweet:
That’s gotta be good, right?
Yesterday at Rock M
- Snap Counts from Missouri’s win over UT-Martin: Tight ends, tight ends and more tight ends.
- Drew Lock isn’t surprised Emanuel Hall had a MONSTER game in Week 1
- We wrapped up Missouri’s Week 1 win in the latest episode of the Zoukeepers podcast.
- Drew Lock’s on the record hunt. Here’s where he stands.
- Oh, man, this isn’t even the dreaded “Vote of Confidence” for Kansas coach David Beaty.
KU AD Jeff Long released this comment today re: football ... "We all expected a different outcome Saturday but I continue to support our student-athletes and coaches and ask all Jayhawks to do the same. Our evaluation of the program is on-going without a predetermined timeline."— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) September 4, 2018
- Polls are out. Missouri ain’t in ‘em. Not even receiving votes, although somehow Arkansas (really?) and Kansas State are.
- Missouri DID, however, move up in the S&P+ rankings, going from 31 to 28 after its easy win on Saturday.
- Missouri volleyball’s own Alyssa Munlyn is the SEC defensive player of the week! That’s the sixth time in her career that she’s won this award.