Last media day. :(
Arkansas remains a prolific rushing team under coach Bret Bielema, but senior quarterback Brandon Allen is making a late push for first-team All-SEC honors. He leads the league in passing touchdowns (29) and passing efficiency (168.4) and has thrown just six interceptions. "With the throws he has made over the last couple weeks, they’re as good as there is in the country right now playing offensive football," Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom said.
"I thought he was a good player a year ago," Pinkel said. "He's just, you've seen it happen often, as a senior, he matures. That tight end (Hunter Henry) is a great player. A couple receivers are high-level guys. They've got great chemistry, they've got a good offense, they've got a good system they're doing. So they keep you really wondering what they're going to do next. There's a reason they've got those kind of yards and points, it's because they're really, really good.
"But when that guy plays at that level - again, he's got all these experienced players around him - that also allows him to be a better player, and I think that's a great example of it."
Nope, not acknowledging this yet
The transition begins up front
Abeln started the first two games of the season there but struggled and was replaced by Taylor Chappell for two games. When Crawford got injured against Kentucky, Chappell moved out to right tackle and Brad McNulty moved into the starting slot for three games.
Crawford started the past four at left guard, but he has alternated snaps with Abeln over the past two games.
After seniors Mitch Hall and Taylor Chappell whiffed on several blocks in the first half, Missouri’s coach of 15 years chose to give sophomore Alec Abeln and redshirt freshmen Kevin Pendleton and Paul Adams a chance to turn things around.
"We just thought that they deserved some reps," Pinkel said. "We thought they could get in there and be able to help us a little bit."
Pinkel has put his trust in his senior offensive linemen this year — Hall has started every game this season, and Chappell has started every game since week three — but against BYU and Tennessee, younger players have gotten more playing time.
Any search rumors?
Nothing major on the rumors front. Tom Herman's name is at the top of the list. Barry Odom is ... on the list. Other names might be. Et cetera.
They say that it's "the earlier, the better" with coaching searches -- if you can get a jump on everybody else, that could benefit you. I kind of get it, but I think it basically comes down to whether your search starts before or after the regular season ends. If Mizzou is serious about Herman, Matt Rhule, etc., Mack Rhoades still has to wait until their season ends, and in the case of both Herman and Rhule, you might have to wait till after a conference title game. I guess things will move quickly after that, but that's still almost two weeks away.
And in case you missed it from the weekend, the KC Star had a nice, tough piece on the death of Michael Keck, the former Missouri star recruit who passed away mysteriously in 2013.
So ... when does the CBE Classic start? Tonight? Tomorrow? I know it wasn't last night...