3 things every Missouri fan needs to know today
Rise and shine! Plenty was said in Wednesday’s SEC teleconference with the No. 11 Florida Gators feeling disrespected by Missouri’s respect. Not a misprint. And that’s not the only thing irking the Gators. Tigers Coach Gary Pinkel also dished out compliments to coach Jim McElwain’s quarterback and defense.
Here’s what you should know now:
- With back-to-back SEC East titles Mizzou has been the bully on the playground, but the Tigers might be the nicest bully you’ll ever meet. That’s what former Florida linebacker Michael Taylor had to say about the team that has handed his Gators back-to-back losses. Taylor wasn’t the only one picking a bone with Mizzou’s attitude, or lack thereof.
- Pinkel had plenty to say about the Gators and it was exclusively polite. Pinkel was extremely impressed by a defense that allowed just 10 points to an Ole Miss team that entered Week 5 averaging 55 PPG. “It’s going to be a challenge,” said Pinkel. “They play very, very good defense. They tackle well. That doesn’t surprise me. They run a different scheme, but they’ve always played good defense and continued to do that. It’s very impressive.”
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- Saturday will be the first time that Pinkel and McElwain will meet as head coaches in the SEC. But the two go way back as both spent time as assistants in Washington state with McElwain (Eastern Washington) taking trips to observe Don James’ staff at Washington, where Pinkel was an assistant prior to taking over at Toledo in 1991.
- Tight end Jason Reese has unlimited potential and much of the SEC saw that last Saturday, as the 6-foot-5 sophomore tallied team-highs in receptions (6) and yards (47), despite entering the game with just five career receptions. That production could be the beginning of a potent partnership with quarterback Drew Lock.
- Freshman Cam Hilton came to Columbia, Mo,. as a safety, but is now making an impact on the other side of the ball as a slot receiver.