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Tuesday presser highlights: Recreating the success without worrying about the outcome

Mizzou Links for Wednesday, October 5

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Tuesday afternoon was press conference day, per usual, and the local media chatted with Drink, Blake Baker, and various members of the defense. Let’s check out some highlights:

Martez Manuel leading Tiger Jacks at Tuesday’s practice:

From Parker’s defensive press conference notebook:

On how to contain Florida’s quarterback, Anthony Richardson:

In terms of how to contain him, Darius Robinson provided an analogy. “You can think about it like a well,” Robinson said. “You want to keep him inside of that well and mind your angling. Everybody has to run to the ball and get him to the ground.”

On the athleticism of Ty’Ron Hopper, who will be returning “home” to The Swamp this weekend for the first time since his transfer to Missouri:

“As a playcaller, I’m figuring out what he’s most comfortable with, and our relationship is improving to where he can talk to me about what he wants,” DC Blake Baker said. “A guy that can do as much as he can do, the challenge is finding a way to use all his skills. It makes it fun.”

One final note that Parker thought was important to mention:

Kristian Williams walked in with colorful sunglasses, a neon green sweatshirt, and a huge smile. That’s all you need to know about him. (Photo per Matt Stahl twitter)

Additional notes

From the Trib’s Matt Stahl, who covered Drink’s portion of the press conference earlier in the day.

On the process:

“You’ve got to stick with the process, recreate the process every week,” Drinkwitz said. “I’m proud of not only our players, but our coaches, not getting so attached to the outcomes that they can’t emotionally reinvest themselves each week in the process. I thought last week that’s something we absolutely did, reinvested in the process and gave ourselves an opportunity, but this week doesn’t care what last week did.”

On what he knows about Florida, who is led by a whole new coach after jackass (sorry, not sorry one bit) Dan Mullen got canned:

“They don’t allow a lot of negative yardage plays,” Drinkwitz said of this week’s opponent. “They don’t get behind the chains, they grind out four yards at a time, they take vertical shots, they get into third and three to four where they can boot or let the quarterback run the football, so we have got to control the line of scrimmage at the defensive point of attack.”

On how to be successful against quarterback Anthony Robertson, who’s 6’4” and 232lbs:

“If you don’t hit him in the mid-sternum to the thighs, you’re not going to get him down,” Drinkwitz said. “He’s a very big, physical player and whether that’s a free runner on a sack or in the run game, you’ve really got to run your feet through the tackle. If you leave your feet before the tackle, you’re going to bounce off like a ping-pong ball.”

From the Missourian’s Jack Soble: YIKES. Heal up quick, Dom. Other injuries of note, per Soble, Kris Abrams-Draine is also about 50-50 for Florida and Chad Bailey is doubtful.

Should KAD not be available, Baker told the media Marcus Clarke and Dreyden Norwood could see increased playing time.

From ABC17 News Director Nathalie Jones:

On to the Links!

This is... impressive.

Yesterday at Rock M

But before that, you can read BK’s piece about the defense in the AM; it’s great!

More Links:


  • OOOOOOOH, statistical fun. This looks like something our stats nerds will love (I say this lovingly, you guys)
  • Per @cfbalerts on Instagram, check out the solo tackle leaderboard!
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Other Mizzou Sports

  • I think this kind of sustained success — 6 consecutive years of being ranked in the top 20 nationally while competing in an elite gymnastics conference — puts Mizzou in the conversation of being considered a “Gymnastics School.” I’ve been begging Sam to add this to the Rock M twitter bio since last season and he just won’t budge.

Frankly, it’s hurtful at this point.

So I ask you, is Mizzou a ‘Gymnastics School’?



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  • Don’t forget about your Mizzou sporting events this week (only one home game):
  • Baseball’s scheduling snafus have apparently been cleared up, and we now have an SEC schedule... again. More at
  • Next up on Mizzou Softball’s Fall Ball schedule? Another date with Kansas City and one against newly-D1 Lindenwood on Saturday.

Mizzou in the Pros/Hodgepodge

  • Rest in peace to former Tiger, Bill Whitaker.
  • Y’all, the NBA preseason is here and we’ve got THREE Mizzou players to keep an eye on this season: Jordan Clarkson (Jazz), MPJ (Nuggets), and Druuuuuuuuuuuuuu Smith (Heat).

Jordan Clarkson

10/2 vs Raptors (L 114-82): 18 min | 7pts on 3-10 shooting (1-6 from 3) | 3 REB | 5 AST | 2 TO | 3 PF | -11

10/4 vs Blazers (W 118-101): 23 min (starter) | 19 pts TEAM HIGH on 5-8-shooting (3-5 from 3) | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 TO | 1 PF | -2

UP NEXT: 10/6 at 6:30pm vs Nets (ESPN), 10/11 at 8pm vs Spurs

Michael Porter, Jr

10/3 vs OKC (L 112-101): 14 min | 12pts on 5-7 shooting (2-4 from 3) | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 TO | 2 PF | -2

UP NEXT: 10/7 at 7pm vs Bulls, 10/10 at 8pm vs Suns

Dru Smith

10/4 vs T-Wolves (L 121-111): 13 min | 6 pts on 2-5 shooting (2-2 from 3) | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 TO | 1 PF | +/-0

UP NEXT: 10/6 at 6:30pm vs Nets (ESPN), 10/7 at 7pm vs Grizzlies (NBAtv), 10/10 at 6:30pm vs Rockets

  • Druuuuu news— So proud of our guy!!!!! Let’s hope he gets to stick around- he’s on an Exhibit 10** contract right now (Read more from Spo here at

[**Per google, an Exhibit 10 contract is a single-season, minimum-salary NBA deal that allows the franchise to convert the contract to a two-way deal s long as that change is made prior to the beginning of the regular season]

From Blackburn’s piece at Mile High Sports:

Porter basically made every shot he attempted during camp, but he’s still relatively far away from being the impactful defender he needs to be to stay on the floor in important situations. The health appears to be in a better place, perhaps even better than Murray. Unfortunately, Porter still has a ways to go to integrate himself into what the Nuggets want for him.

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