ShowMeMizzou caught up with freshman right OT Jack Meiners 6'6" 304 lbs. after Thursday's practice. He talked about how things are going as his first semester in college winds down, and his team prepares to play Navy in the Texas Bowl.
Meiners talked about the benefit of getting some playing experience this year, including going up against Ndamukong Suh while blocking on the PAT/FG units. "It was real beneficial. Even playing on special teams. I got to go against Suh when I was blocking on the PAT/FG. It was a welcome to the Big 12 moment! He's quite an animal. He's very good. He's very strong, and very good with his hands. Yes sir!"
Meiners talked about his willingness to begin to provide some leadership during the upcoming off-season workouts. "I know it's a lot of work, a lot of guys have been saying that you got to get here at 6:00 A.M. everyday........... I'm going to try to lead by example. I'm going to go as hard as I can on the running, go as hard as I can at practice, go as hard as I can at lifting. Hopefully, some of the guys will be able to feed off of me, and that just makes everyone better."
I asked Jack Meiners if any of the coaches have spoken to him about moving inside with an opportunity to compete for a starting spot for next year. "I'm not totally sure. The coaches really haven't had that conversation with me. You know, I'm really willing to play any position. Just wherever they think that I'll be able to succeed more, and wherever I can get on the field and contribute."
Jack talked about his first semester in the classroom at Mizzou. "I'm doing pretty well in school. Just trying to finish up strong. I have to get a C in micro-economics, for it to count toward the business school. I've got about a B minus right now, so as long as I do good on the final, I should be good."
I asked Jack what advice he would have for any high school player preparing to make the transition to Missouri. "Just be ready to work. Just be ready to come in here, you're going come in last on the depth chart. Just come in and be humble. Put your nose down, and just keep working. Because, if you work hard, the older guys see it, and they'll just respect you even more. The coaches see it. And another thing, just come in in great condition."
Meiners said that he's looking forward to, and is excited about going to the bowl game. Absolutely! Getting to go to Houston should be a lot of fun. Going down there for a few days, playing football, hanging out with the guys. It's going to be a blast, I think."