Dave Bartoo of the College Football Matrix joined Matt and BK for his weekly spot on The Big Show to discuss Mizzou’s upcoming matchup against the Florida Gators. Dave found ONE thing that Missouri does better than any team in the country. What is it? Find out in our full conversation.
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Missouri’s defensive line has made a name for themselves, both literally and figuratively. Literally, they call themselves ‘DLineZou’. Figuratively, the defensive line has become known across the SEC as relatively unblockable.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way, of course. We’ve talked about this before. I told you how wrong I was about this defensive line. I mean, who could have expected a defensive line that lost Markus Golden (2nd round pick), Shane Ray (1st round pick), Harold Brantley (car accident injuries), Matt Hoch (graduated), Lucas Vincent (graduated) and Marcus Loud (dismissed) to perform at this level?
Alas. Here we are. The names are unfamiliar, but the stories are all too common. It’s become a cliche at this point. Under-recruited defensive lineman from ‘insert city here’ works hard, takes to Craig Kuligowski’s coaching and becomes an All-SEC performer. It’s happened before. It will happen again. But I’m not sure it’s ever happened with this many players this fast.
The new number 56: Walter Brady came to Missouri in 2014 with relative anonymity. He was a two-star recruit out of Florence, Alabama. He was committed to Middle Tennessee State before visiting Missouri, and eventually committing. But things went quiet shortly thereafter.
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Brady was a partial qualifier at Missouri. He got the news from the NCAA in August of 2014. Not only would Brady be ineligible to play for the Tigers, but he couldn’t participate in any sort of team activities, either. This meant no practices, no coaching instructions, no lifting with the team. No nothing, really.
“I had to come in during the spring and learn the actual techniques and the right way to do everything,” Brady said at Missouri’s media day on Monday.
The rest is history, so to speak. Walter Brady battled for the starting defensive end spot opposite Charles Harris with junior college transfer Marcell Frazier, but just five weeks into the season, Brady seems to have found his footing. He’s dominating opposing offensive tackles with his relentlessness. He describes himself as fast, physical and aggressive. His game is translating onto the field in the form of making plays. Brady is tied with Texas A&M’s former four-star recruit Daeshon Hall for the second most sacks in the SEC (5). He’s tied for sixth in the conference with 7.5 tackles-for-loss.
A land for misfit toys: Walter Brady’s story isn’t particularly unique on this Tiger defensive line. In fact, it’s more of the same. Charles Harris was a no-star recruit (literally) when he committed to the Tigers. Marcell Frazier spent some time at UNLV before going through a similar academic situation to Brady’s, then bounced around at a couple junior colleges before finally landing at Missouri. Josh Moore was a tight end/defensive tackle recruit that many thought would have a difficult time qualifying. Not only did he qualify, but he was so good in fall camp that the coaches couldn’t help but shed his redshirt.
So, again, not so unique.
What is unique is the amount of success that these defensive linemen are having and how quickly they’re experiencing it. Walter Brady is the first Missouri freshman to have at least five sacks in a season since Aldon Smith in 2009. Charles Harris’ 9.5 tackles-for-loss already ranks among the top 5 by a Missouri underclassman since 2008. This is the first time under Gary Pinkel that the team has started two underclassmen at defensive end. Lets look past the names for a minute, shall we? Here’s Missouri’s defensive line depth chart.
Left defensive end: Redshirt freshman & Redshirt sophomore
Defensive Tackle: Freshman, Sophomore & Freshman
Nose Guard: Junior & Redshirt junior
Right Defensive End: Redshirt sophomore & Freshman
Two upper classmen. One total start. That’s what Missouri’s defensive line featured coming into the 2015 season.
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It didn’t matter. It never matters with this Missouri defensive line. The Tigers have the second most tackles-for-loss in the country, with this defensive line accounting for 55 percent of the teams total TFL. They’re fifth in the SEC in sacks. The defensive line has the highest havoc rate in the country. They’ve exceeded all of our expectations. And they’re nowhere near finished.
For the Tigers to beat the Florida Gators on Saturday, they need a massive showing by this young defensive line. Will Grier torched the Ole Miss defense by standing on his spot and finding the open receiver. Grier isn’t the same quarterback if/when the defense applies pressure.
They Tigers defensive line has made a name for itself. On Saturday, they’ll have the opportunity to show what DLineZou is all about.
Mark Simon of ESPN’s Sweet Spot Blog & ESPN Stats & Info joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to give his MLB postseason predictions, and to explain why he has the Royals and Cardinals losing in the ALDS and NLDS.
Bill Connelly of SB Nation and Football Outsiders joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss Mizzou’s 24-10 win over South Carolina, and to explain why his projections are so low on the Tigers’ chances to get another win in 2015.
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Mizzou coaches and players met with the media to discuss the Tigers’ 24-10 win against South Carolina, and to preview MU’s upcoming matchup against Florida. Quarterbacks coach Andy Hill explained what Drew Lock can do to improve in his second career start, offensive line coach A.J. Ricker discussed how Drew Lock’s quick throws take pressure off of the offensive line, and Drew Lock reveals his Chipotle order.
All of that and more in our full conversations with the players and coaches today at Media Day.
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This week on The Inside Slant, Jeff and BK give their top three takeaways from week 3, talk to Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports & 120 Sports about the first three weeks of the NFL season, pick their all “back alley brawl” teams and pick the lines for week 4. All of that and much more on this week’s episode of The Inside Slant.
Dave Bartoo of CFBMatrix.com joined Matt and BK for his weekly spot on The Big Show. Dave believes that Missouri could still contend in the SEC East if the offense is able to get something going against South Carolina. How likely is that to take place? We asked Dave.
Josh Kendall covers South Carolina football for The State in ‘the other Columbia’. Josh joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss South Carolina’s defensive struggles, the unique talent of the Gamecocks’ freshman quarterback, and the difficulty of preparing for Drew Lock vs. Maty Mauk.