A.J. Ricker talks about being a Pinkel player and Pinkel coach.
Four assistants have been with Pinkel since he started at Missouri in 2001: cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford, quarterbacks coach Andy Hill, running backs coach Brian Jones and defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski. Hill, who played at Missouri from 1980-84, has been coaching for the Tigers since 1996.
Even he said he might have to get used to some change.
"You’ve got to be open to all options," Hill said. "We understand in our business there’s going to be ups and downs. I’ve been fortunate to be in one spot for 20 years, which, in our sport, doesn’t happen a lot."
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* Hall got only two series in relief of Moore and Dilosa got one -- plus a play -- in relief of Leftwich. The second series was supposed to be Blair's, but he got yanked after a pretty atrocious drop. Then Dilosa and Lock got crossed-up on an incompletion and it was Leftwich's show from there on out.
* Hilton got a whole bunch of time in relief of Brown, playing 38.9 percent of available snaps. Hilton and Brown both played well in their time on the field, as Missouri got 91 yards on eight catches out of its H receivers.
It's not Lock's athleticism on the play that was surprising. Lock was a highly regarded basketball player in high school and had Division-I offers, including ones from Missouri and Oklahoma, as a shooting guard. No, what made Lock's play shocking was the fact that he kept the ball on a read option.
It may have been the first time all season.
"I think it might have been," Lock said. "They gave me a good look, and they were pretty much stacked to the whole right side, and I'm like, 'We have to get this first down right here.'
"I just sacked up, so to say, and went for it."
A healthy Hansbrough has allowed for Missouri's trio of runners — Hansbrough, Ish Witter and Tyler Hunt — to fill roles they feel comfortable in. That comfort has showed: In Missouri's past two games, the Tigers' have posted their highest rushing totals of the season. The BYU win was Hansbrough's best statistical game of the year by far with 117 yards on 26 carries, and it coincided with the Tigers' highest point output since Week 2 against Arkansas State.
"We've kind of been waiting for it to click for a while now," left tackle Connor McGovern said, "but I think it finally kind of has."
Sophomore defensive end Charles Harris, a two-star prospect according to 247Sports and an unranked prospect in the 2013 industry-generated 247Sports Composite, has collected 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks in the Tigers’ first 10 games this season.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Walter Brady, a two-star prospect according to 247Sports and a two-star prospect in the 2014 industry-generated 247Sports Composite, has collected 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks in the Tigers’ first 10 games this season.
Harris and Brady are simply the latest in a long line of Mizzou D-line prospects to emerge from practically nowhere as household SEC names.