Stricker Making Strides As Red-Shirt

A healthy Kerwin Stricker looks impressive during bowl practices

After missing most of fall camp due to injury, freshman WR Kerwin Stricker 6'1" 201 lbs. 4.4 forty, has gotten a lot of reps during the early bowl practices.  He has looked really good, now that he can actually run.  And, he can really run!

Stricker talked about being healthy, and finally getting to practice Missouri's offense.  "It's a lot different coming from the scout team and coming back over here.  Everything's fast tempo.  It's hard to get used to it, because we run like eight plays at one time.  On the scout team, everything's a little bit slower, because they show you the plays.  This one, you got signals going in, you got to memorize.  You got to know who to block, what route to run, how deep it is, avoid the guy.  It's something that takes time, as being a freshman.  The older guys, it's just second nature to them.  All you got to do is keep trying.  They say that, sooner or later, it'll start clicking.  Some of it is clicking, but I just got to keep working at it.............  I was injured in the fall.  Physically, now I'm at 100%.  I'm running a lot faster than I was.  It feels good to be able to run again, but I was out so long, now I got to get my catching back, and just
learn everything.  Become more consistent.  I just want to be a consistent pass-catcher."

Kerwin talked about making the adjustment to college life.  "School went great.  It's hard, because you got football.  Then you got study hall.  You got to go to school, and then you got to maintain your sleep, when you're going to eat, when you're going to study for stuff.  You got to figure out your own schedule.  It's not that bad once you get used to it.  At first, you're away from home.  You're on your own.  You're a grown man.  You do what you want to do.  Everybody's got to learn how to cope with that.  I picked up on it pretty well...  It was a learning experience............ I love it here!"

Kerwin continued, talking about his immediate future.  "I'm really excited!  Right now, I just want to get better.  I'm thriving on getting better.  I'm hungry.  I want to become the best that I can."

Stricker continued, talking about the upcoming off-season workouts.  "I'm looking forward to (the off-season workouts).  It's going to be hard, but I want to get bigger, stronger, faster.  They want me to gain 5 more lbs.  By next year, I'm supposed to be 210."

I asked Kerwin about going to the Texas Bowl.  He replied, "I'm really excited!  It's my very first bowl game.  I've never been to a different state."

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