We've collected some snips from some recent interviews with the Tiger players. In this installment, we pass along the comments from four new Mizzou players: Howard Brissette, Russ Bell, Todd Goshler and Mario Whitney.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN COLUMBIA?
"Moved in the first of June, working out on the weights."
WHAT HAS BEEN DIFFERENT FROM YOUR JUNIOR COLLEGE?
"A lot different here from JUCO, (weights) weren't mandatory, so I didn't work out for the three years that I was there. I got here and it's been hell. (Practices) are coming along. (Drill-wise) we had something pretty similar in JUCO, but not as many drills, but some of the same drills."
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MISSOURI?
"It was either Iowa State, Oklahoma State, or Missouri, and I liked the Offensive Line Coach at Missouri a lot better."
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE YOU TO PICK UP THIS OFFENSE?
"We had the same offense at JUCO, so its just different terminology. Pretty much the same steps and everything, its just learning the terminology."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT COACH GROSSO TAKING OVER AT JEFFERSON CITY?
"That's awesome. I mean Coach Cole was great. He's been there almost as long as (Pete) Adkins. He's retired, living the good life on the farm. It's Grosso's turn to take over. Kids love him there. Lots of enthusiasm and he's a wild guy. He'll get the job done."
HOW MUCH DID YOU WORK WITH GROSSO IN JEFF CITY?
"A lot. He was also a track coach. So I was around him all year round. He was my gym coach. Great guy, been around him my whole high school career."
STARTING FOOTBALL NOW HAS TO BE A BIG CHANGE, HOW BIG?
"I still lift weights in the same weight room, I love to do that. The only difference is I run a lot more, and now I get to hit and play on the grass now instead of a 7-foot circle."
DO YOU THINK THIS WILL HELP YOUR TRACK PERFORMANCE?
"You do need power and strength. We are working on that in football, and working on that in track. I think the thing that will help me the most is that I usually take the summer off, but this time I've been working out with the guys."
TODD GOHSLER (prior to current injury)
YOU HAD A ROUGH START IN THE SPRING. HOW DO THINGS FEEL NOW?
"I definitely did, I feel a lot better, more flexible, more confident, stronger. Mentally I‘m better. I just feel more comfortable with my surroundings and everything. All-around I just feel like a better player."
DID YOU STAY IN COLUMBIA OVER THE SUMMER?
"I stayed in Columbia, and worked out with the team, and I think it's going to pay off."
HOW IS THE COMPETITION?
"When it comes to game-time it's all about consistency and confidence."
CONFIDENCE-WISE HOW DO YOU FEEL?
"The most confident I've been since I've been at Mizzou. I think it should show."
THERE ARE RAISED FAN EXPECTATIONS, DOES THAT PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE ON YOU?
"At first, that was (part of the problem), the pressure from expectations, and that put to much pressure on myself, and now I've come to realize I can't beat myself. I just go out there and do what I did in junior college. Be relaxed and let things come together."
TWO OR THREE STEP DROP
"I guess you would officially call it a two and half step. It's kind of a jab step when you catch it. Technically it's a two-stepper."
HOW ARE YOU KICKING NOW?
"In the 40's.. averaging around 40. I have the potential to average 43, with good hang time."
ARE YOU REALLY 185 POUNDS?
"Right at this moment I'm about 183."
DO YOU EXPECT TWO-A-DAYS TO TAKE MUCH WEIGHT? YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH WEIGHT ON, YOU'RE PRETTY MUCH MUSCLE.
"It's muscle I have, so I'm not going to lose a whole lot, but what I will lose is water weight, but I'll gain that back at night-time."
COACH PINKEL MADE THE COMMENT DURING FRESHMEN WEEK THAT HE IS RE-TEACHING EVERYONE HOW TO RUN, EXCEPT FOR YOU. THAT'S QUITE A COMPLIMENT.
"Well that's one thing I do know how to do is run. But, running isn't everything up here. You have to know plays. You have to know certain places you have to be at the right time. That takes a little more thinking than just running."
THAT'S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING TO LEARN AT THE BIG12 LEVEL, TECHNIQUE, BEING AT THE RIGHTPLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, THE PLAYBOOK. ARE YOU LEARNING FAIRLY QUICKLY?
"As a personal thing, I'm a fast learner. Especially if I'm interested, and this football, I wouldn't be here if I wasn't interested in learning everything about this program. I think I will be able to pick it up pretty quick. Maybe not this year, but by next year I hope to get some (playing) time."
IT HAD BEEN MENTIONED EARLIER THAT YOU HOPE TO RETURN KICKS THI S YEAR. IS THAT STILL A POSSIBILITY?
"That's an option for me. I don't want to redshirt myself, because I want to help the team. If I see that I can't help the team, I will redshirt, but that's not something I forsee in my future. I forsee myself, if I can't play running back (this year), returning kicks and punts then I'll be the best kick returner I can be."
"SUPER", IS IT A NICKNAME YOU LIKE?
"It's an okay nickname. I'd like to almost grow out of that one. It reminds me too much of playing video games."
YOU'RE IN NCAA 2003 VIDEO GAME?
"I'm in 2003. They have me as cornerback, and they have my number wrong. They have me as #23."