By: James Stanley
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri Tigers football Head Coach Barry Odom held a press conference on Monday afternoon at the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex following Mizzou’s 28-27 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs on September 17.
Odom’s main focus was that his team was getting better and said, “As you always look as a coach and as a teacher, you can be better, and we’re going to be better.” He continued, “We’ve got to do [that] on a more consistent basis and once we do that I feel like we can be a pretty good ball team.”
Following Mizzou’s loss to Georgia, emotions ran high in the Tigers’ locker room. However, Odom said that he is not worried those emotions will affect his team against Delaware State on September 24.
Missouri redshirt senior linebacker Michael Scherer is tied for the team lead in tackles with 25 after tackling nine Bulldogs last week. Odom is not only impressed with Scherer’s playing ability, but the way he carries himself off the gridiron. “I’ve got two sons,” Odom said. “If they grow up and are like Michael Scherer, then I know that I did something right as a dad.”
On Mizzou’s offensive side of the ball, redshirt junior wide receiver J’Mon Moore leads the SEC in average yards per game with 106.7 in each of the first three games of the 2016 season. Moore has stepped up to be one of Missouri’s key offensive players and Odom said, “[Moore] understands that he has the skillsets to be a special player, and that I’m counting on him and our program is counting on him to be a really good player each week.”
Odom’s philosophy is for his team to take each game week-by-week by focusing on the present. “[We need to] take the name off of the oponent’s jersey, to take all of that stuff away,” Odom said. “’Let’s worry about us’ has got to become our message [so] that we go 1-0 this week.”
On Saturday afternoon the Missouri Tigers (1-2) welcome the Delaware State Hornets (0-2) to Columbia with kickoff at 3:30. Tune in to KCOU 88.1 FM for live coverage of Saturday’s matchup with Tiger Pregame Live starting at 2.
(Featured Image: James Stanley)