Missouri football continues to spend its time in Hoover, AL at SEC Media Days.
On Wednesday, head coach Barry Odom and select players took the podium.
Mizzou tries to bounce back in the SEC this year from a 4-8 overall record last season. The good news for Tigers fans is the team returns a 1,000 yard: passer, rusher and receiver.
The Tigers are the first SEC team since the 2011 South Carolina Gamecocks to return three 1,000 yard performers at those positions.
Lee’s Summit native and junior quarterback Drew Lock will lead the offense with the help of sophomore running back Damarea Crockett and senior wide receiver J’Mon Moore.
“J’Mon doesn’t get as much love as he should, Damarea is an outstanding back couldn’t say enough about that man,” Lock said.
Mizzou head coach Barry Odom looks to use those weapons to improve on last year’s record, and the good thing is he doesn’t have to start this season with nearly as many distractions.
This time last year, Odom was informed Mizzou athletic director Mack Rhoades was leaving the university for the same position at Baylor.
“You know, I thought we might get through this day last year without that breaking, and then it broke three minutes before I took the main podium,” Odom said.
Maybe it’s fewer distractions, maybe it’s the core players returning, but this year’s team might just have an edge it was missing in 2016.
“I believe that any team that comes to our house and steps onto our field and drinks our water and eats our snacks, I believe they all should be punished,” senior linebacker Eric Beisel said on Wednesday at SEC Media Days.
Before leaving the podium Wednesday, Beisel took a shot at “Battle Line Rivalry” opponent Arkansas.
“Like I said, I can’t say much on that,” Beisel said with a smile. “I will say that that team down south will always be below us — at least geographically, they will always be below us.”
Missouri’s first game is September 2 in Columbia against Missouri State.
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