At the Spring Game
What's going to be on my walls soon:
Brad McNulty and Cortland Browning were back full-speed today. Anthony Sherrils said he's still working with the 1s at safety.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 7, 2015
Connor McGovern has a sprained MCL in his right knee. He'll probably be out the rest of the spring.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 7, 2015
Mitch Hall looks to be filling McGovern's right guard spot, Brad McNulty at left guard.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 7, 2015
The most glaring positional shuffling came at wide receiver, where a new name stretched. Redshirt freshman Raymond Wingo, formerly a cornerback, practiced with the offense on Tuesday and lined up at the H-receiver spot.
#Mizzou CB Raymond Wingo is wearing a white jersey today and warming up with the offense. Might be a move to WR, but nothing permanent.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) April 7, 2015
Gary Pinkel says Raymond Wingo's move to WR is not necessarily permanent. Getting a look there because he was an offensive playmaker in HS.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 7, 2015
If you watch the video of Marcus Loud above (need a subscription) you really get the sense that he wants to establish a legacy of his own, to not just be "the guy who came after Shane Ray" etc. I thought it was remarkably refreshing and less filled with the coach-speak so many Mizzou players are coached to use, but in a good way. Morrison has a little more about him in the link below.
To hear Loud tell it, he was getting in his own way. "My playing time and everything that happened last year relied heavily on me," Loud said. "I had stuff I was letting, off-field activities and stuff that was affecting my on-field production. They did what they had to do, within the process that opened up my eyes and made me realize that, just because you're here and on scholarship -- you're in this spot -- nothing's guaranteed. Everything can be taken away from you in a moment." The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Loud said that message started resonating with him near the end of last year.
DT Rickey Hatley on the 2015 Missouri D-line: "We’re laid back, but when it’s time to work, we turn into some dogs."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 8, 2015
There’s some movement along the defensive line, too. Rickey Hatley is working with the No. 1 defense at tackle alongside returning starter Harold Brantley, and ahead of Josh Augusta, a top reserve last year. Hatley has floated between end and tackle during his career, but now that he’s up to 295 pounds, he’s found a home at tackle.
"I’m committed to the inside," Hatley said. "I feel stronger on the inside. I don’t know if I can carry this weight on the outside and play like Shane (Ray) did."
It might sound cliche that two quarterbacks in college football's toughest conference want to get better, but really, these two held their teams back at times last season. Yes, Missouri surprised everyone with another double-digit-win season and a second straight SEC Eastern Division title, but the Tigers mostly road the coattails of a tenacious defense, and Arkansas' running game and defense were at the center of the Razorbacks' seven-win success.
"Right now, I want to do whatever I can do to step my game up to the next level, but at the same time I gotta do whatever I can do to help Mizzou win football games," said Mauk, who will be a redshirt junior this fall. "That’s my job."