1. Status of Wyoming’s top running back is still unknown for Saturday.
Wyoming’s offense has not been balanced to start the year, with 451 rushing yards and only 204 pass yards in two games. However, leading rusher Nico Evans — who leads the country in rushing yards — is still uncertain for the game Saturday, after exiting the Washington State game at halftime.
From Brady Oltmans of the Caspar Star-Tribune:
Evans currently leads the country with 279 rushing yards, after running for 190 yards and two TDs in the Cowboys’ season-opening win at New Mexico State. His status for this weekend’s game at Missouri remains unknown.
Also from that article, Oltmans wrote that Evans told his teammates he had “figured out” the Washington State defense and that led to his solid first-half numbers. However, Wyoming couldn’t duplicate that success after halftime.
You’d think Evans would have told his teammates what he figured out, right?
2. Missouri won’t prove itself until SEC play. We already knew that.
I don’t think this column by Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch covers any real new ground — does any Missouri fan think this team is in the same conversation as Alabama? — but here it is, nonetheless.
I do find it unfair, however, that Gordon takes a shot at Missouri’s Week 1 competition, but then writes this about South Carolina, Arkansas and Florida — which all also played FCS opponents:
The other SEC ball was most impressive. Florida responded well to new coach Dan Mullen. Ditto for Arkansas under new coach Chad Morris. South Carolina got rolling behind quarterback Jake Bentley.
3. PowerMizzou.com has Missouri’s grades from Week 1, courtesy of Pro Football Focus.
The article is free this week, though it will be behind the paywall going forward — but this is a really cool addition for the folks at PowerMizzou.com.
Some of the grades really jumped out to me as a surprise — Taylor Powell less than two points lower than Drew Lock, for instance — and a lot of PFF’s grades factor in snaps played (hence a lower grade for some of the players that looked pretty dang good on Saturday.
I’ll never pretend to understand how these grades work, but it’s a good week-by-week comparison to come back to because they take much of the subjectiveness out of the equation.
4. If you’re mad about ads, do something good.
I’m not going to get into a long-winded spiel about the Colin Kaepernick/Nike uproar, but for God’s sake, if you’re mad enough to get rid of Nike gear, don’t destroy it — do something good with it, like this.
For those who don’t know, this is Shane Ray’s mother:
If you plan to throw away any Nike shoes, The Rays Awareness Foundation will gladly accept them for “Shane’s Shoes” which serves under served youth! DM me & I’ll arrange to get them. We thank you!— Sebrina Johnson (@brisupermom47) September 5, 2018
- Rays Awareness Foundation
Yesterday at Rock M
- Josh Allen’s departure leaves a void in Wyoming’s offense
- KJ Santo’s #content alert: First, a look at how Santos stayed ready the last two years. And, second, how Mizzou plans to use him this season.
- Dave Matter takes a look at the freshmen receivers who played well against UT-Martin (via STLToday.com)
- Cameron Teague-Robinson writes about Missouri’s running backs who want to be more explosive against Wyoming (via ColumbiaTribune.com).
- Mizzou swimming lands two on on the 2018-2019 USA Swimming National Team.
- Former Missouri women’s basketball player Jordan Frericks signed a pro contract with Herner TC in Germany.