QB Club holds pep rally

Very rarely does Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel lavish praise on his team. Although many people within the university have quietly acquiesced that Mizzou should do well on the gridiron (MU is a trendy national pick to excel this season), rarely does Pinkel give in to the hype. Tonight was a different story.

In front of over 350 fanatic fans, mainly families and members of the MU Quarterback Club, the usually stoic Pinkel went out on a limb. "I think we have the potential to be a pretty good team for the first time since I've been here," said Pinkel.

Photo: Michael Dougherty

"To say this is a big game Saturday is an understatement. This is a big, big, big game. We're going to do everything in our power to make you proud, not only Saturday, but all season."

Pinkel hopes to add MU football to the long list of university sports programs which have seen post-season success recently (17 of the 20 Mizzou programs advanced to post-season play last year).

"We have a very experienced offense," said Pinkel. "Our defense has changed personnel-wise, tremendously, from last year. We've got seven players that are playing (new) positions for the first time."

Pinkel admits the defense is very young, but they are also very talented. "They can run and they can hit. We're anxious to see how they mature," he said.

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