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Mizzou’s Camp Continues as Week 1 Approaches

Despite a notable absence at practice today, the Tigers continued to make strides as they prepare for Central Michigan

NCAA Football: Georgia at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

There was a notable person missing a practice 12 of fall camp for the Missouri Tigers, QB Connor Bazelak.

After practice, Head Coach Eliah Drinkwitz eased the worries of Missouri fans everywhere when he informed the media that the “freshman” signal-caller was dealing with a “minor illness”. He also added that the illness is not believed to be COVID-related, but Bazelak did take a test as a precaution, and he is vaccinated (the COVID test, apparently, came back negative).

With Bazelak’s absence, Drinkwitz got a chance to look at his two young backup quarterbacks in an intrasquad scrimmage today. However, it was the defense that stood out to the second-year head coach as they forced three turnovers.

Even though the defense impressed today, newly-named captain Martez Manuel still knows they’re far from being their best, “I feel like we’ve come a very long way… [but] we still are learning a lot every day from Coach Wilks and his staff.”

This was also Manuel’s first opportunity to speak with the media after being named a captain saying that he was, “Shocked and honored,” but added, “I feel like I was a leader long before I was a captain.”

In other news around the program, former walk-on Richard Taylor was put on scholarship yesterday, and his coaches and peers had nothing but praise for the O-Lineman. “He earned it. He has the right kind of character and grit,” said Drinkwitz, and veteran WR Keke Chism added, “Richard is a guy that embodies everything it means to be a Mizzou Tiger.”