One of three freshmen who enrolled early this year, and participated in spring football, offensive tackle Mike Boddie 6'5" 285, has made good on getting a head start, as he began fall camp listed third at right tackle behind Dan Hoch and Chris Freeman. Since then, Boddie has moved back over to the left side, where he is currently working with the third team offense. Boddie took time to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com following a recent practice, and he talked about heading into his first season at Missouri.
"Definitely, I've got a whole lot to learn," said Boddie. "I like it (here). Coming in early was helpful. It helped me get a lot more experience early. I definitely think that I've benefited from that........................ I'm still learning."
Boddie talked about what he's been working on.
"There's different ways to block everything on different plays," explained Boddie. "Each play has a couple, to a handful, of ways to block it, so I'm just making sure that I know which one to go to when. I'm just perfecting technique."
"Everybody here is pretty good," explained Boddie, talking about the caliber of competition he goes up against every day.
"That's the thing about offensive linemen," explained Boddie, talking about the merits of taking a red-shirt year to work in the weight room. "Compared to other positions, we've got such a long way to go with strength. Austin Wuebbels, and Jayson Palmgren. They're ridiculously strong! So is Jack Meiners. He squats a ridiculous amount!"
Boddie said that he made the Big 12 honor roll in the spring, and the engineering honor roll at Missouri.