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Coach Drinkwitz discusses Vandy bye week, players stepping up in practice and going to the pumpkin patch

COLUMBIA, Mo- On Tuesday, the University of Missouri’s Head Football Coach, Eli Drinkwitz addressed the press via zoom call.

Coach Drinkwitz began this week’s press conference by commending his entire team and organization for this past Saturday’s victory against reigning national champions, the LSU Tigers. In reference to the final minute of that game, coach said, “...That goal line stand was a testament of our defense”.

By now, you are probably aware that this week’s homecoming game has been rescheduled for December 12 due to a breakout of positive Covid-19 tests in the Vanderbilt locker room.

Coach Drinkwitz said that he considers the unexpected bye week a “blessing” because it gives a lot of his players time to recover from injury and focus on academics during a big midterm week.

Room for Improvement

Despite being three weeks into the season, coach said he’s happy where his team is at, but understands what things need to be improved going forward. Protecting the football on offense and special teams, as well as creating turnovers and chaos on defense are the two areas coach brought to light during this afternoon’s press conference.

Additionally, all the guys who stepped up on Saturday present a new challenge for those who are considered usual starters. Dionte “Boo” Smith, a walk on in the fall, caught 6 catches for 54 yards against LSU. Drink made it clear that the players who work hard during practice are gonna see playing time come Saturday.

Going Forward

The message has been constant from coach all season. As head coach, Drink and his staff are here to lay a new foundation and reinvent Missouri football. That means both the actual team and the community around them.

“Hopefully we can continue to build Mizzou faithful, whether it be rural Missouri, Kansas City or St. Louis”.

Finally, with the unexpected bye week, coach now has a free weekend on his hands. When asked what his plans for the weekend were, he immediately said he was going to be recruiting, and possibly visit the pumpkin patch. Class act. Onto Florida. MIZ