Posted: Sep 16, 2013 7:30 PM by Jack Bernstein, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
Updated: Sep 16, 2013 9:00 PM
COLUMBIA - Coming off a well-deserved bye week, the Missouri Tigers football team took to the podium today to discuss some important week 3 topics. The Tigers will travel to Indiana this Saturday to take on the Hoosiers, a big game against a Big 10 foe.
Coach Gary Pinkel started off media day by saying how pleased he was with the bye week. He told media that even though the Tigers weren't in action last weekend; they have been busy preparing for their first away game of the year against Indiana. Speaking on how to plan for the Hoosiers fast tempo offense, Pinkel says "Their quarterback, Sudfeld, is really good, and I am really impressed with him. They play a couple of the other guys too. The way he has been playing, I suggest that he might play more or the whole game, but we've got to be ready for all three of them." He ended his statements by saying "It is obviously a big game for us. Playing a Big Ten team and they will be a challenge for us. We are excited about it, and we will work really hard and hopefully play our best."
Senior Quarterback James Franklin addressed the media today and discussed how they Tigers offense has been planning for the Indiana defense. Franklin says "Predominately, on second down they bring pressure. For the most part they play a 4-3 scheme, but if it is second down, from what I have seen it is 70-80 percent pressure. They are always going to bring someone. They seem to have basic corner coverage, and we just have to outplay them."
Senior leader Defensive Back E.J. Gaines spoke about playing on the road and how he is preparing the younger players for their first game away from Faurot Field this season. "I just tell them to stay level headed. A lot of stuff is going to be different playing away from Columbia. You have to be ready and prepared for anything."
Wrapping up today's comments was junior Defensive Lineman Kony Ealy. Ealy addressed the topic of his lack of sacks so far this season. His response was simple, "That just means they are getting the ball out quicker and respecting our defensive pass rush." The defensive standout also added, "It would be nice to get sacks, but if we don't get many and we are still forcing turnovers and getting the ball back to our offense, then we are doing our jobs."
The tigers look to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2010. That 3-0 mark has signaled great things for Mizzou in the past. Three of the last four seasons in which the Tigers started 3-0 ended in conference divisional titles. The Tigers need a win against Indiana to stay undefeated; you can watch the game this Saturday at 7:00 PM on the Big 10 Network.