Barry Odom (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

Missouri's Barry Odom Talks on SEC Teleconference

Missouri football coach Barry Odom talked about a variety of topics on Wednesday morning.

Missouri football coach Barry Odom spoke with reporters on the Southeastern Conference teleconference on Wednesday morning. 

Here’s what the Tigers coach said during his time with reporters in advance of Saturday’s SEC contest at South Carolina.

Opening statement…

“Going into Saturday, coming off getting some guys back from a health standpoint has been good so far this week in preparation. … Hopefully we can put together a consistent game on all three aspects of it. Coach (Will) Muschamp’s done a great job there, getting those guys playing better every week, and I’m impressed with what they were able to do last week. They played solid for four quarters and came away with a big win. So we’ll have a tremendous challenge, and our kids are excited about the opportunity.”

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On talking to Mark Stoops and Derek Mason about going from defensive coordinator to head coach in the SEC…

“For me, in this situation, I think it’s important to get as much information as I can and I’m always trying to learn from others on when they have had success, why they had success and what they went (through) when they’ve been through the process before. One of the great things about this league is guys are open to sharing ideas. There have been a group of head coaches that have been, since the time I’ve got the job, outpouring with support and open for communication. So I respect that. The coaching fraternity is such a unique experience, relationship-wise, that for me I have to gain as much as I can from any area that I can from guys that have been through the process before. Specifically, with those two, Derek and I spoke at length at the SEC meetings, and we just talked about the transition from being the defensive coordinator going into the head coaching role and kind of how he structured things and obviously he’s done pretty well. Then Mark and I have known each other for a number of years. I had crossover with my brother was on staff with him at Arizona, so I’ve known Mark for a long time, and he and I have talked a little more specifically over the length of time.”

On if he was hesitant to reach out to coaches in the division for advice or surprised that they would be willing to help…

“Everybody in the business is competitive. We didn’t sit around and trade a bunch of schematic ideas, but just overall program and some things that we were able to discuss that really, yeah, you want to win every Saturday, but also, if you ever, I believe with great conviction, that if you’ve got an opportunity to help somebody, then you better do it and try to pay it forward.”

On what he thought of Kentucky's offensive line on Saturday…

“Obviously they played very well. They rushed the ball with great success. Eddie Gran is a tremendous coordinator and schematically they did some things that were really, really well-designed and thought of and executed. And their offensive line played extremely well. They didn’t have any missed assignments throughout the day and they were a solid group and played really, really well together.”

On how Kentucky’s offensive line matches up with Georgia’s defense…

“I don’t know. I don’t really get into cross-comparisons there. I think that both Kentucky’s offensive line is a really good unit and I think Georgia plays really good defense. That’d be the only assessment I’d have on that.”

On Missouri’s short-yardage package…

“We’ve been pretty effective in third and short, our offense has, and it’s been because we’ve been able to use the skills that certain guys have on our roster and I think that’s important as coaches. At the end of the day you’re a teacher and you’ve got to find ways to use what you have on your roster to build it into something that gives you an advantage. And right now, that package has been pretty good for us in short-yardage situations. So we’re continuing to develop that. I think with Josh Augusta's approach, his willingness to try to help us out in any way that he can. Tyler Hanneke was a defensive lineman that moved over to play the tight end or H-position. He’s really helped us in those situations. Our guys have embraced the opportunity to switch positions up a little bit and try to make us as good as we can get.” 

On if the Tigers’ offense is more physical than when he took over the program…

“We’re not where we want to be yet but I think we’ve got to always want to have the ability to, we’ve got to creatively find ways to run the football. I think in this league specifically, to have a chance to win games, you’ve got to be able to win on the line of scrimmage to a point and you’ve got to be able to find a way to run the ball. We’re not there yet, but we’ll get there. That’s got to be a trademark of how we recruit and that’s got to be the structure of our offseason program, the things that we do during every phase of the program to get there. That’s one thing that we’ve got to have in our favor.”

On how the short-yardage package with Augusta came about…

“Last January, when the staff got together and started going through winter conditioning and building ideas offensively and defensively, that’s one thing that Coach (Josh) Heupel looked at on having a chance. The last 12 to 15 years there hasn’t really been a fullback-type body recruited to Missouri, and then the schematic changes offensively that we’re going through, we had a couple tight ends, bigger bodied, that were able to do it and wanting to do some different things offensively, and as we will moving forward, being able to get the roster the way that you want it, to be able to recruit those guys that can play on the line of scrimmage, can play in the backfield, can do some different things. We moved a lot of guys around. Josh Augusta is 360 pounds and has got really good feet and pretty good body position and plays with leverage, so we had an opportunity to get him involved and he’s done a nice job of embracing that role and the opportunity to go help our team.”

On Augusta’s reaction to knowing he’s getting the ball…

“He’s excited about it. I think they’ve had success on that chance to do that. I think anytime you look at a defensive guy and put him over on offense and they get an opportunity to carry the ball, they’re going to light up a little bit. So he does a great job and offensively they do a great job on building that package each week on what they’re going to be able to do out of it and then the way that we practice, the habits of practicing enough, being efficient where you can go execute on game day, you see some things that they’re doing throughout the week in practice that they’ve got a chance to help you on game day.”

On Kevin Pendleton's leadership…

“He’s a guy that continues each week, week in and week out, he’s playing at a pretty good level and the thing I admire and respect about it — and we’ll get there as a program — is there are guys starting to follow him because he’s doing it right from Sunday through kickoff on Saturday. He practices with extreme focus and he’s passionate about it. He cares about the game of football. And maybe most importantly, he absolutely wants to be a winner, and he cares about representing the University of Missouri in the right way. He is one of the leaders of our program and has taken over being a little more vocal here as he has played well and guys are excited to follow him.”

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