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Mizzou Links for Wednesday, August 19

Are you in need of MORE football content?

We have so much hot football content right now at Rock M, y’all, that I seriously don’t know what to write about, but I’ll give it a whirl.

While most of the local media (including this site- great job, Kortay) recapped Tuesday’s Zoom call with Coach Drink and Kobie Whiteside, Max Baker of the Columbia Missourian (support student journalism!!) wrote about Mizzou’s defense and their continuity.

We all know that the offensive is a virtual unknown at this point. We’ve got a QB competition, new receivers that haven’t yet earned the staff’s trust, new staff, and just a whole helluva lot of uncertainty.

But on the defensive side of the ball, things are a bit brighter. The team’s three leading tacklers are back and there’s a returning starter at every position— YAY. There’s also returning coaches on the defensive side! Also yay!

In regards to Josh Bledsoe, who had 10 pass breakups last season, and Tyree Gillespie, Drinkwitz had this to say:

“They do a really nice job disguising,” Drinkwitz said of the duo. “They know their own strengths and know how far they can show one thing and be in another. Really look forward to those guys being the leaders and catalysts of our defense.”

We also welcome back (whewwwww), Nick Bolton, but who will play beside him is unknown. According to Baker’s article, Cameron Wilkins (jr), Jamal Brooks (sr) and Devin Nicholson (so.) all saw action after Cale Garrett’s injury. Aubrey Miller (r-jr) could also see playing time after suffering a season-ending knee injury in that godforsaken Wyoming game last year. According to Miller:

“My main goal is to remain consistent in workouts, remain consistent with my body, make sure that I’m always taking care of myself... I think last year showed that I kind of got too comfortable and the injury kinda slipped up on me.”

Without Jatorian Hansford out for camp due to shoulder surgery, Baker said Drinkwitz mentioned seniors Chris Turner, Sci Martin, Tre Williams (r-sr) as guys that will need to step up on the D-line. From Drink:

“Coach Walters’ scheme does a lot of different movements so it gives people a chance to be one on one with pass rush moves,” Drinkwitz said. “Three seniors with length and toughness and great motors. We need to get pressure on the quarterback and those three guys can do it for us.”

While I have my doubts there will be a full season given the chaos of students returning, I am hopeful we will get to see at least a few games and get to see the (more) experienced defense in action.

(Side note: while working at the retail job this weekend, I did happen upon two unidentified but very tall Mizzou football players, both of whom were being VERY careful in the crowds— wearing masks, social distancing, and one was even wearing gloves!)

One more football tidbit before getting to the links:

This made me laugh. Educating the team and looking good while doing it— Kobie Whiteside.

On to the links!


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