Missouri fifth-year senior corner Kip Edwards has taken on a leadership role for the Tigers. Early this week, he took time to talk about what his team needs to do to get back into the winner's circle.
"Central Florida is really my whole focus," explained Edwards. "My whole focus is getting the team to practice great on Tuesday, practice great on Wednesday, practice great on Thursday, and then on Saturday, you turn it into a win."
I asked Edwards to look back on the South Carolina game. He spoke passionately, and it's easy to tell that he is very deeply invested in the team.
"It was our fundamentals," concluded Edwards. "We didn't tackle well, and we didn't leverage the football on punt team. We have to play better! We have to practice better!"
"Games are won on Tuesday in practice, on Wednesday in practice, and they're won on Thursday in practice," said Edwards. "Then on Saturday, you'll see all that hard work that you did Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday pay off."
Edwards talked about his role in implementing this plan.
"(My role) is just being enthusiastic at practice, by making practice fun, making it a fun atmosphere," said Edwards. "Because you know, we're all brothers, and we're all striving for one goal, which is to be champions. And for us to be champions, it starts in practice, and it starts with enthusiasm."
Edwards talked about how to improve their tackling.
"Really, it all boils down to fundamentals," explained Edwards. "We have to be masters of the fundamentals of tackling. If we want to compete with the big names in our conference, we have to tackle. We have to tackle!"
I asked the fifth-year senior if he thinks that Missouri has good enough talent to compete with the likes of Georgia and South Carolina?
"We matched up with those guys," said Edwards, referring to Georgia and South Carolina. "We have good enough players. We do……………………………………. We have the talent. We have the confidence to do it, and we will do it."
I asked Edwards about the team unity?
"The team chemistry is still tight," said Edwards. "We are in this together no matter what."
Edwards talked about playing this week at Central Florida.
"It's going to be a tough atmosphere," explained Edwards. "We've got our backs against the wall. Adversity has hit early again, like it did last year. So, it starts this week at practice. If we want to win in Orlando, it starts at practice ."