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Mizzou Football News and Notes from Phil Steele and The Athletic’s Ari Wasserman

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SEC Media Days starts on Monday, July 19th — and that obviously means that College Football is just right around the corner. To get you ready for the upcoming season, Phil Steele joined Brendan Wiese on The Big 550 KTRS’ The Big Sports Show with his thoughts and analysis on Mizzou and the rest of the SEC.

From his 2021 College Football preview magazine, Steele ranked Mizzou 71st out of 130 FBS teams overall and predicted the Tigers to finish fourth place in the SEC East division (behind Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky). While that may sound underwhelming, he did have some positives to say about Missouri in the radio interview.

Here are some quotes from Steele:

“I thought he did a great job last year. In fact, Coach Drinkwitz is now two for two in outperforming my expectations in both of his years as a head coach. I think you look at all the first-year head coaches last year, and I believe he came out with the best record in the SEC at 5-5. It was a season where they were an underdog in the majority of their games, so they had to pull some upsets just to get to 5-5 last year, and that was basically with a first-year starting quarterback in a true freshman Connor Bazelak.”

“Overall, this year’s team is stronger than last year. With 14 returning starters and a benefit of a spring practice, they can only be better.”

This was a good listen. For more, you can listen to the full interview here.

But wait, there’s more! In The Athletic’s College Football weekly recruiting roundup, Mizzou was a hot topic of discussion. In fact, Drinkwitz and the Tigers led off the column.

Here’s Ari Wasserman on Missouri’s two latest editions in the 2022 recruiting class, Tavorus Jones and Deshawn Woods:

“When four-star quarterback Sam Horn of Suwanne (Ga.) Collins Hill picked Missouri in February, it was the type of commitment that makes you believe in the head coach.”

“Eliah Drinkwitz landed two more commitments like that in the past week — four-star offensive lineman Deshawn Woods of Omaha (Neb.) Central and of four-star running back Tavorus Jones of El Paso (Texas) Burges.”

“Drinkwitz has done everything necessary to bring Mizzou back. He has made the Tigers more of a force in St. Louis but has also landed some high-end prospects on the national level. Getting Horn is the most important because he’s a quarterback, but Mizzou just stole a gritty offensive lineman out of Nebraska and a talented running back out of Texas. Both are top-200 prospects, too.”

“Missouri’s 2022 class now has 11 commitments and ranks No. 16 nationally. Of those 11 commitments, five are ranked in the top 250 nationally.”

“Drinkwitz is up to something. If this continues, watch out for Missouri in the SEC.”

You absolutely love to see it.

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