Mizzou coach Barry Odom said following Thursday’s practice the Tigers will treat Friday and Saturday like a normal game weekend.
“We’re going to take our team to the hotel and go through the functions that we will a week from tomorrow to get used to it,” Odom said. “I don’t want the first time that all these guys have been through it being next week. So it will be a good experience for us all. Then Saturday we’ll wake up and kick off with practice about the same time that we will in Morgantown next week.”
Odom said he’s excited about that.
“Our guys will respond in a great way,” he said. “They’re getting excited to play. You can feel the energy. I’m happy with where we are today. We need to have a great day tomorrow to have a chance.”
Freshman linebacker Cale Garrett missed practice with a thigh bruise. A late addition to the recruiting class after de-committing from Navy, Garrett has impressed the coaching staff throughout the spring and fall camp and looks like one of the true freshmen who will play this fall.
MORE HONORS FOR HARRIS
Defensive end Charles Harris picked up two more preseason accolades on Thursday.
Harris, a redshirt junior, was selected to the Southeastern Conference coaches All-SEC second team and also named to the preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which is given to a player who demonstrates “outstanding performance and skill and exemplify the discipline, virtue and wisdom of Vince Lombardi,” according to a press release.
One of 42 SEC players on the Lombardi Award preliminary watch list, Harris had previously been named to the watch lists for the Ted Hendricks, Bednarik and Nagurski awards.
SCHERER CHASING ODOM
Redshirt senior middle linebacker Michael Scherer has a lofty goal.
Scherer, who has had back to back seasons with 90 or more tackles, is aiming for at least 147 this season — so he can pass Odom on the school’s career tackles list. Odom had 362 from 1996 to 1999.
“Selfishly the goal is to pass up Coach,” Scherer said of Odom. “He’s 146 ahead, so when I get that 147th I’m going to walk in his office and let him know. It’s gonna happen. I’ve got a piece of paper in my room, on the wall, it says ‘147.’ I’m going to cross that out every week until I get there. It will happen. I’ve already told him it’s gonna happen. I hope he doesn’t pull me out of the game before I get there.”
What does Odom say about that?
“He just looks at me and smirks,” Scherer said, “and then says, ‘Go ahead and do it. We’ll see.’ It’s something I’ve been teasing him about for a while, but I’ll get there.”
Only five players in school history have recorded 147 or more tackles in a single season. One of them was linebacker Kentrell Brothers, who had 152 a year ago.
Scherer enters his final season with 213 tackles in three seasons.
If Scherer wants to aim even higher, Missouri defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross ranks second on the school’s career list with 415.
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