COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Tigers were back on the practice field on Saturday morning for their second open practice of the spring.
Just like their first open practice, on Tuesday, coach Barry Odom’s squad was forced indoors because of rain.
After practice, Odom discusses a variety of topics with reporters.
Odom discussed offensive lineman Andy Bauer's retirement due to injury, what Alabama transfer Chris Black brings to the wide receiver group, the additions of defensive line coach Jackie Shipp and tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley, the challenges of being a first time head coach and defensive tackle Harold Brantley's return to the field after missing last season because of injury.
Missouri announced Friday that Bauer, a four-star recruit in the Class of 2014 from De Smet High School in St. Louis, was finished playing football for the Tigers because of hip injuries suffered over the past few years.
“When I got here last January, I knew he had the one hip surgery, I guess after his junior year of high school, so I was aware of that obviously and then when he had the other one he was just coming off of that,” Odom said. “I’m going to bring Rex Sharp’s name up a lot and I’m going to bring Pat Smith’s name up a lot because I think they are the best in the business. The work that they did on getting Andy in position to go give it another shot, I respect that.
“Andy busted his tail in all aspects on trying to get back. He went through some winter conditioning this year coming out of those days and was pretty sore. So we thought lets get into practice and see where it goes. And after one day or two days, whatever it was, this wasn’t where he felt like, competitively, he was going to get back to that level. … I like tremendously the family and the kid and he’s a Mizzou Tiger and he’s going to be really successful.”