Mizzou Football Media Day Quotes - Sept. 1

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Sept. 1, 2014

Head coach Gary Pinkel

Opening statement...
"Good afternoon everybody. I appreciate you being here. First an injury report. We came out of the game (Aug. 30 vs. South Dakota State) in fairly good condition, minus a few bumps and bruises. The depth chart really hasn't changed. Morgan Steward is still out for this game (at Toledo). We're not sure when he'll return. Hopefully in a few weeks, but it will be a week-by-week evaluation. The University of Toledo and head coach Matt Campbell have done a good job there. They have an outstanding team and are very well coached. They are a disciplined team and I'm very impressed with them. They have a lot of players back from a year ago, and Mizzou fans know how good they were a year ago. They're back this year with 16 or 17 starters. It will be a great challenge for us, and it's a great environment to play at (The Glass Bowl). We have to prepare hard and give it our best effort."

On returning to Toledo as the Mizzou head coach...
"All three of my kids graduated from high school in Toledo, Ohio. I was there 10 years and have a lot of friends there. They have great people and a great community. It's a big part of my life and career. I'll always be a Toledo Rocket, but obviously not this weekend. Once game times comes, trust me, you focus and you go. I'll be able to do that."

On Toledo's quarterback (Alabama transfer), Phillip Ely, performance in Week One against New Hampshire...
"He played really really well. He threw for over 300 yards, and I was very impressed. We saw the film of him today. He has a lot of poise. He knows what he's doing. He doesn't sit in the pocket too long and he gets rid of the ball. He's got a very experienced offensive line in front of him, and a lot of other players around him that can play. It was very impressive to see him play the way he played. They got a good one there."


 

 

On the difficulty of preparing for an opposing transfer quarterback like Ely...
"It doesn't matter. You can complain that you don't have more film on a player, but you have what you have. What we do is study him, and see what they do on offense with this guy as compared to past years. You kind of get a general philosophy there. Everybody does some things a little differently, but we know he's very talented and has very good accuracy. He's a very good player."

On Maty Mauk returning to his home state where he played high school football...
"I'd like to think that he (Mauk) would just go and play football. That's really ultimately what you have to do. Like when he played against Florida or South Carolina last year, you got to just play football. Obviously, he'll have a lot of people there from his hometown (Kenton, Ohio), but I think he'll be fine. I'll be disappointed if he's not focused and ready to go Saturday. He will be."

On Maty Mauk's play against South Dakota State...
"He threw 62-percent completion. Threw long balls, completions and big plays. He did a lot of good things. I think what we all have to remember, myself included, is that this was only his fifth career game started. He didn't come off a full year of playing football. The timing of our passing game still isn't that consistent as it needs to be, but we're working on it to make it better. Overall, I think he did a really good job."

On Russell Hansbrough's first collegiate start and his success against South Dakota State...
"I expected that from him. He's real talented. You saw how talented he was on that play that broke down and he turned a 3-yard loss into a touchdown. He's got a lot of ability. We've just seen a glimpse of what he's capable of. He's very very explosive. He's a quick start guy like Henry Josey where in 10 yards he can go fast really quickly. He's getting better and better. Marcus Murphy too does a good job and that's a good 1-2 punch. Hopefully we can get Morgan (Steward) back too and that will help us too."

On what makes Hansbrough have the ability to perform to a high level...
"He's just very explosive. He has quick acceleration and can start, stop and change directions. That's really what all of our running backs can do. He's a little `stockier' type of back then guys like Marcus Murphy and Henry Josey. Everyone has their own style. He's faster and quicker than most guys on the field."

On Darius White's development over the years at Mizzou...
"Darius got his plays in last year, but they were limited based on the other experienced players we had. I thought he went out and did some really good things. He made some plays. Bud Sasser and Jimmie Hunt did as well. It was nice to see those experienced guys make some plays out there."

On Marcus Murphy's impact on special teams against South Dakota State...
"We were struggling (before his kickoff return for a touchdown). We had the 3-and-out and the defense was struggling to get off the field. It was a huge, impact game breaking play. We were fortunate to have seven of those types of plays last year in different ways. It's such a momentum play."

On Aarion Penton's performance and big interception against South Dakota State...
"He made a big play. He's a very talented guy. He's capable of being a great player. You have to be consistent. He did a lot of good things, but there's some fundamental things he could've done better like everybody else. He'll learn and stay focused. I think he has the potential to be very good. You have to deliver each and every week. Even though he played a lot last year, this was his first time starting and he's out there the whole time."

Sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk

On playing in Ohio again…
“My hometown Kenton is about an hour away, but I’m excited to get back. A lot of people are going to be there from my hometown, but I just have to block that out and get myself prepared to go out and play.”

On areas of improvement heading in to week two…
“What I always say is being consistent in our execution. There are a lot of little things that we can fix. It’s just making sure we’re on the same page. We’ve already moved on and we know what we have to work on and we’re going to get ready to play this week.”

On how much the run helped the pass game against South Dakota State…
“The run game helped out a lot. The main thing is when we get Morgan (Steward) back, we can bump Marcus Murphy back out and he can go back and forth. It’s a huge thing that opens up the pass game, and we’ll use it as much as we can. It’s something we can really rely on. We don’t have to throw the ball all the time. When you have the running backs we have, you have to use them.”

 

Senior defensive lineman Markus Golden

On Toledo not allowing a sack in last year’s game against Mizzou…
“I know we got a lot of pressure on them, but I don’t remember exactly what they did to keep us from getting a sack. We have to get after the quarterback this year, use pass rushing moves and listen to what the coaches want us to do. Even if we don’t get a sack, we want to at least get pressure on them. Pressure can be just as a good as a sack. You can force a turnover.”

On getting at least one sack per game…
“As a defensive line, we take a lot of pride in it. That’s our job. We work on it every day. Each week, we want to get out there and get a sack.”

On preparing for a talented Toledo offensive line…
“We prepare for everyone the same way. You have to study the film, study what they do and study what you can do. We’ll do what we do every week and use the best pass rushing moves against that person.”

 

Junior tailback Russell Hansbrough

On getting a lot of touches…
“As the passing game opens up, we may lower the number. I would love to get 20 carries a game, but I know as the passing game gets better, we’ll probably lighten up a little bit.”

On improvements from week one…
“From my standpoint, me running harder and being consistent on each play. We have small things we need to work on and we’ll fix that in practice.”

On transitioning from last year’s role to this year…
“Just stepping up and being a leader for one thing. I have taken on a role of being a leader and talking to the younger guys, making sure they know the plays and things like that.”

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