You had yourself a day, Walter Brady.
Players said Odom came into the locker room all sorts of fired up with Missouri leading 17-10 at halftime, evidently pleased with how the defense was playing and wanting it to continue in the second half.
Odom’s specific message? Well, that’s anyone’s guess.
"It’s really hard to understand him, because he’s so pumped up when we’re playing well," defensive end Walter Brady said. "It’s hard to understand him, because he’s got the gum in his mouth. It’s like, ‘We feel you, Coach. We feel you.’ "
'Locking' up the win
Get it? Locking? Get it?
"It exceeded any expectations I had," Lock said of the win. "Growing up, Steve Spurrier, South Carolina Gamecocks. It’s kind of crazy to sit back and think, ‘Hey. We beat those guys today. And I was the quarterback for the team that beat them.’ "
The win capped off a wild four days for Lock. Linebacker Michael Scherer said the team learned before Tuesday’s practice that Pinkel had suspended Mauk and backup left tackle Malik Cuellar for an unspecified violation of team rules. After the game, Pinkel said he would meet with Mauk and Cuellar on Sunday or Monday to evaluate their statuses.
The presence of Lock didn’t magically make Missouri’s offensive line block better. Or did it? The frustration with Mauk has always started with the endless scrambles, the spins, the sandlot game that breaks out when he catches the snap. It’s hard to play an entire game in scramble mode, especially for offensive linemen. Every scramble requires linemen to block on the run. That gets tiring, mentally and physically, over the course of four quarters. You get those 300-plus pounds moving an extra 6-8 seconds for every scramble, that makes it harder get back to the line of scrimmage and follow up with a routine block on a running play, especially when 15-20 scramble drills unfold every game.
"The key to pass pro is knowing where the quarterback is at," lineman Connor McGovern said last year when the Mauk scrambles were getting out of control. "You kind of have to have a feel if your (defender) is running one way. … But he scrambles for a reason. It’s not like you can get mad at him. It makes it a little bit harder (to block), but you know he’s just trying to make a play happen and be an athlete. But it’s easier to block when he’s right behind you."
ICYMI: Another commitment
While in Columbia Martin saw enough to know that Mizzou was were he wanted to spend the next step in his football journey.
"I really liked the atmosphere and the fan base. I also really like the school part. The coaches walked me around and showed me all of the college after the game," he said.
"What really got me, though, was when I was in the locker room after the game talking with Walter Brady," continued Martin. "He told me how good the coaching staff was to him and how good of a fit this school would be for me. I think I fit what they are doing now and what they're trying to do going forward."
Year 0 is officially over ... Year 1 begins
GREAT weekend for the Fightin' Kreklows
Following the comeback win over No. 9 Florida, Mizzou took care of business against the Vols.
And another win for the Fightin' Blitzes