Those Teams that Lose to an FCS School, That is. And Practice Better if you Want to Play. PERIOD.
Man, I wish I’d been a fly on the wall during this press conference on Tuesday, because it sounds like Drink was ON ONE. Good thing I got to watch the video of it later (as can you, since I’ve linked it below)! Here’s some highlights:
- From our Rock M reporter, who was on the scene: When asked how well Blaze Alldredge has played this year, Drink “just stared for a second and in the most polite way tried not to say, ‘He needs to be a lot better.’” Our reporter almost started laughing.
At least Blaze is introspective, huh?
#Mizzou LB Blaze Alldredge: "I do want to kind of apologize because I think I have more that I can give and I think they're gonna get that from me going forward."— Power Mizzou (@PowerMizzoucom) September 14, 2021
- When asked about the linebackers, and whether some others might see some time on Saturday, Drink had a lot of feelings to share, including saying “This isn’t tryouts… If you don’t like your role, practice better.” Additionally:
Drinkwitz on linebackers: "We really wish we were playing five guys at linebacker, but the truth is nobody has stepped up in practice to show they deserve the opportunity…other people will play when they earn the opportunity to play."— Power Mizzou (@PowerMizzoucom) September 14, 2021
- When asked if SEMO is a good opportunity for young guys and others on the periphery to play, Drink said, “The only way anyone is going to get the opportunity to play is if they earn it. This isn’t rec league. This is college football, and the best 11 players are going to play. This isn’t open tryouts, this isn’t participation trophy and everybody gets a chance to play…”
- In response to asking how they’re preparing for the FCS opponent ahead, Drink outlined SEMO’s awesome special teams, who have blocked 12 kicks the last three seasons and have multiple fronts and coverages that gave them trouble against Kentucky. And there’s this:
Drinkwitz: Hanging in every Mizzou player's locker this week is the list of the seven FCS teams that have upset FBS teams this year.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) September 14, 2021
More on that little tidbit… From the NCAA’s site, when Montana beat ranked Washington this past weekend, it was the first time in five years a FCS team took down a ranked FBS school. At least Missouri doesn’t have to worry about getting that distinction, amiright?
Anyway, here’s a list of the upsets so far this season, which I would imagine is displayed in a much cooler fashion in the players’ lockers than this plain ol’ table below. BUT REALLY, DON’T BE ONE OF THESE TEAMS, MIZZOU.
Want to read a transcript and watch video of the presser? PowerMizzou has got it all for you. Seriously, I recommend a listen. The transcript does not include the really good parts where Drink just goes OFF.
On to the links!
But don’t forget: “This team is invested, and they’re trying really hard to do what we ask them to do. You can’t grow weary while doing good. We’ll get there.” —Drinkwitz
Yesterday at Rock M
- Kortay attended the latest press conference, where Drink talked about always being focused on getting one more play.
- Nate looked over the new depth chart… which looks the same as last week.
- Nate was back with analysis of the Kentucky defensive debacle in a new Beyond the Box Score.
- Matthew J Harris previewed Wichita State, saying that despite last season’s Marshall mess, they’re set to be an AAC threat.
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Revue this week contains not one but TWO revues, and some lovely photoshops, courtesy of Josh
- COMING UP: Nate previews the SEMO game, Kortay’s bets, and BK looks at the performance of Tyler Badie historically
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Jeff Gordon’s Tipsheet said the rising Razorbacks make Drinkwitz’s challenge even greater. Matter’s new Tiger Talk takes a look at the game ahead against Southeast Missouri. A new Eye on the Tigers podcast with Matter & BenFred features a special guest— Dave Steckel, who also will help call the game this weekend! Matter also wrote about Steve Wilks taking the blame for Missouri’s defensive struggles and after the first loss, Drinkwitz is preaching both urgency and patience.
- Saturday Down South: Jake Rill wrote about Drink’s comments that Mizzou will continue to lean heavily on RB Tyler Badie. Stacey Mickles asked how concerned Eli Drinkwitz should be about the defense. Sydney Hunte wrote about Steve Wilks’ claiming responsibility for the team’s defensive showing against Kentucky.
- In a new Tiger Extra ($$), the Tribune’s Eric Blum reviews Eli Drinkwitz’s dissection of the the Kentucky loss.
- Someone is thinking about the depth chart reveal, while referencing our lovely site?
- Well, it looks like No. 1 target, Luther Burden, will be narrowing his list down to THREE on Friday.
change of plans top 3 friday— luther (@lutherburden3) September 14, 2021
- And…. his commitment is coming in the next month.
Luther Burden will make his announcement on October 20th at East St. Louis high school.— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) September 15, 2021
- Speaking of a commitment watch, No. 1 target for Mizzou Hoops, Mr. Aiden Shaw, will be committing on Friday. Cross all your fingers, your toes… everything and hope this one goes our way. Here’s some reading material about Aiden in case you’ve forgotten, courtesy of Sam Snelling.
- PowerMizzou reader/listener? Gabe DeArmond and Sean Williams held their weekly recruiting show on all the channels where they discuss the above recruitments, in particular.
- Aaaah. A five star PG taking an official? That’s what we like to see!
- And here’s a bit from Matt in regards to Mizzou Hoops’ recruiting moves.
Sent this out last night, but might as well re-up it with the report that Green's visiting. Here's a rough look at #Mizzou's various reported level of involvement with 2023 prospects. pic.twitter.com/NJ5sFRy7Vq— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) September 14, 2021
- Get to know… Yaya Keita!
Other Mizzou Sports/News
- For the first time since 2011, volleyball faced off against Kansas State (6-2) on Tuesday… and it did not go well. The Tigers dropped each of their three sets, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, and fell to 2-8 on the season. You can read more about it at MUTigers.com.
- Women’s Golf wrapped up their first event of the fall season at the Sam Golden Invitational in Texas. According to MUTigers.com, after a slow start, the team capped off the two-day event on a high note carding their lowest round of the week to finish 14th.
- Some soccer rankings news:
BYU moved up to No. 18 in the NCAA Women's Soccer Rankings after beating #Mizzou 7-4 on Saturday. The Tigers didn't receive votes.— Anthony Kristensen (@AMFKristensen) September 14, 2021
Mizzou opens SEC play against South Carolina on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Walton Stadium. The Gamecocks dropped out of the Top 25 but received 35 votes.
- Wise words from Coach Larissa Anderson:
People with good intentions make promises. People with good character keep them. #OwnIt— Larissa Anderson (@CoachLarissaA) September 14, 2021
Mizzou in the Pros
- ALBERT O!!
- YAY! According to the Missourian’s Anthony Kristensen, everyone’s favorite former wrestler, J’den Cox, punched his ticket to the World Championships in Oslo, Norway with his win over Kollin Moore in the 92kg matches (best of three). Brock Mauller and Jarrett Jacques, the other TigerStyle entrants, did not advance past the quarters.
- You should all be aware of my adoration of JJ Redick and his pod, Old Man and the Three, by now. It’s seriously terrific. Well this week, friends, they’ve got MPJ on. M-I-Z!!
Side note: I am interested to see how this goes, as Mike has had some taeks in the past that the hosts, as well as me and countless others, do not exactly agree with...
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