After dealing with weather delays on Tuesday, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel welcomed the warm weather of South Texas compared to the sub freezing weather his team departed from the St. Louis Missouri area.
Pinkel led his Tigers through a spirited first practice for the Alamo Bowl here today; the veteran head coach was pleased with his team's efforts.
"We had a very good practice today," Pinkel told media after practice. "The weather is lovely, the players worked hard today. We want to make sure the players stay focus in their meetings today, overall it was a great first day."
It's oblivious that Pinkel has a lot respect for the Tiger's opponent Northwestern in Monday night's Bowl game.
"They are a very well coached team," Pinkel noted of Northwestern. "To win 9 games in the Big 10 is a big statement in itself."
Pinkel spoke highly of his senior tight end Chase Coffman.
"I have tremendous respect for that young man," Pinkel said. "Chase is the type of player that plays at the highest level no matter if it's sunny, raining or cold. He will play well whenever and wherever he plays, he always does."
Northwestern's star running back Tyrell Sutton is expected to return from an injury for Monday nights game against the Tigers.
"I expect him to play," Pinkel said. "He is as good of running back as we have faced all season. He has great quickness and is a tough runner. We will have to play well in all phases of the game to be able to win the game."
The Tigers went through a Sunday type practice at Alamo Heights High School Stadium in shorts, jerseys and helmets. The warm Texas weather was a welcome return for some.
"It's great down here," Chase Daniel said. "It's great be back in my home state, the weather is a lot different here than back in Missouri."
Publishers note: All Tiger fans are encouraged to go to the Missouri Athletic Website for free video of today's practice and of Coach Pinkel's comments. The Missouri athletic website address is mutigers.cstv.com.