Kenya and company.
OLBs (and CBs), ATTTAAAACK
For better or worse!
Senior linebacker Clarence Green said new coordinator Barry Odom's got a plan for outside backers like him.
"It's kind of just letting the dogs loose," Green said. "Me and" Donavin "Newsom, we both can play the run very heavy and physical. We like to make the impact plays, the big hits. Instead of just engaging and holding the gap, we can shoot it and the safeties make us right. It's very good to make us more versatile." [...]
Odom's "a real aggressive guy," cornerback Kenya Dennis said. "He's always on me about being on my man. We're going to play a lot more man and be a more aggressive team."
But that aggression has also led to some busts on the back end in the first two scrimmages.
AP.org: The AP Top 25 Poll
The Trib (David Morrison): MU comes in 24th in preseason AP poll
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou cracks preseason AP poll at No. 24
The Missourian: Missouri football team ranked No. 24 in AP preseason poll
This is fine as a random camp story...
...but guys are going to be healthy in 12 days, right?
Starter Andrew Baggett was already out with the back spasms that had also held him out of Missouri’s first scrimmage Saturday. Walk-on junior Nick Coffman, who made one of two field goals in Baggett’s stead Saturday, was sitting out with a groin strain.
With just more than two weeks to go until the season opener, the Tigers don’t have many options left.
Perhaps that makes this the most exciting note of the MUtigers.com Saturday practice report:
K Luke Jackson drilled a 49-yard field goal that sailed into the net beyond the goal posts with plenty of room to spare.
You're pretty enough, Connor
"Morse came in as a tackle and had a really pretty kick slide and really fast feet," McGovern said. "I came in as more of a bruiser and mauler. … It came a lot more natural to him, and that’s probably why I’ll never be as pretty as him."
The beauty in McGovern’s game is coming around — daily pass-rush sessions with defensive end Charles Harris demand precise form — but the brawn is always part of his game. It’s been well documented that McGovern is the strongest player on Missouri’s team and one of the strongest players to pick up a barbell in the MU weight room. This summer, he set the team’s squat record, lifting 690 pounds five times, which projects to a one-time lift of 810 pounds.
Weightlifting is more than a means to McGovern’s end on the field. In Fargo his parents allowed him to renovate their unfinished basement into a fully equipped weight room, which became the stage for many Instagram posts of his lifting feats.
Pinkel's history doesn't suggest creating a specific package for the No. 3 QB...
...but Marvin Zanders' zone read success has to have at least planted a seed.
If Zanders looks comfortable running the read option, there’s a good reason for it.
"I’ve run it since middle school," Zanders said. "So it’s like second nature."
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