Ahead of their final game of the regular season, a few Mizzou players met with the media via Zoom call on Tuesday evening.
After a tough loss last week, it was clear there is a big talent gap between the top of the SEC East and the 3rd place Missouri Tigers. Nevertheless, the Tigers have a chance to polish off a winning season against Mississippi State this Saturday and it seems like the team is excited.
Nick Bolton repeatedly stated what it would mean to send the seniors out with a winning season after no one gave Mizzou much of a chance, but Ennis Rakestraw had the quote of the night about what this weekend's game means to him. “It’s redemption week.”
For Rakestraw, he surely will have a lot of chances for redemption as the Bulldogs throw the ball more than 50 times a game, and Jaylon Carlies, another freshman, will be joining him in the defensive backfield for only his second start.
JC, as the team calls him, said his biggest challenge last week and this week has been remaining focused every play. Knowing how much Mississippi State throws the ball, Carlies said, “You have to always stay alert, I can’t really take a play off and expect a run,” about what he expects of himself on Saturday.
Mizzou made national news earlier this week when it was announced that Nick Bolton had been named a finalist for the Butkus Award, the award for the nation’s top LB. Bolton remained humble as always when asked about the honor. “It’s just a testament to our defense as a whole,” he said. After deflecting any limelight from himself once again, Bolton again said, “I’m just focused on going 1-0 this week.”