IZZOU MEDIA DAY QUOTES – Monday, Oct. 28 (HC Gary Pinkel, Mauk, Washington, Ealy)
Head Coach, Gary Pinkel
On the possibility of James Franklin playing this weekend against Tennessee...
won't say it (his status) is doubtful, but it is questionable. I was
not there yesterday when he threw. I was in Seattle. It is nice to see
him out there throwing.
It has to be comfortable for him, when he's ready to play."
On the emotions of the team right now, following the loss to South Carolina...
practiced yesterday, and they are fine. On my way to Seattle, I had the
entire game downloaded on my iPad. I watched that and I talked to each
coach and got
reports. I got everything done that I needed to get done. I have a great
coaching staff that can function just fine without me around here. They
did a great job. Our players will be ready to go."
On the young cornerbacks' play against South Carolina...
thought those guys did a great job. Talk about being thrown into the
fire a bit. Aarion Penton just came right out of high school, and you
also have a redshirt
freshman in John Gibson. They are really competing. They are not going
to play perfect obviously, but I thought they did really well. I'm very
pleased when young players are thrown into that type of atmosphere, and
come out like they did."
On Shane Ray's performance evolution and maturity as a player...
is doing really well. That defensive front is so competitive. We are
doing a great job against the run, and our pass efficiency on the
defensive side is pretty
good. People aren't throwing or running the ball consistently against
us. I think it starts up front, and it almost always does. I think Shane
is doing a great job. He is very quick, and he can run well too. He is
getting more experience and the more experience
he gets the more technique he uses that Coach Kuligowski taught him. It
is really great to see that."
On what you've seen in film from Tennessee so far this season...
see a good football team. They beat South Carolina two weeks ago, and
they played a great Alabama team this past week. I see a team that will
play both of their
quarterbacks. Their running backs are good, and their offensive line is
good. They have young receivers, but are athletic. Their defense runs
well and they have a great linebacker and an athletic secondary. That is
the great thing about this league (the SEC).
Every week we can play a great football team and we are excited about
On what it means to have defensive back E.J. Gaines back in the lineup...
experience level is big. He is one of our best players. The two best
players on our football team arguably are James Franklin and E.J.
Gaines. We lost both of
those guys a couple weeks back. It is nice to know that we had two
redshirt freshman go in and compete and play well to fill their roles.
That means well for the rest of the season, and for the future. The
confidence level with him on the field is just a plus."
On his former head coach Don James memorial service yesterday in Seattle...
flew to Seattle Sunday morning to be at Don James' memorial service. It
was a great afternoon for me to be able to do that. They had these pins
that they handed
out to everybody that was at it. I was fortunate to be asked to speak at
it, which is something that I wanted to do but never thought it would
happen. I was asked, and it was really a great event for him. I saw a
lot of players that I coached years and years
ago, a lot of Huskie friends and family and most importantly, Coach
James. I'm not going to wear this pin for the rest of my life, but I am
today to honor him."
Redshirt Freshman Quarterback, Maty Mauk
On dealing with the negative backlash after the loss to South Carolina...
main thing is to stay focused. Don't look at what people are going to
say. I know we have something special going on right now, and we are
going to bounce back
from it. We're going to be as good as we have ever been this week.
On the team being 7-1 and ranked No. 10 in the nation...
way we worked in the offseason and coming in through fall ball, I knew
this team was something special. It is just like what L'Damian
(Washington), and all the
seniors said to coach. They wanted to change our name. They want to put
us in the national championship, and not just going to a bowl game."
On Saturday's loss changing the team's goals for this season...
at all. It is still a special year. We are going to bounce back from
it. We are going to fight hard, and starting tomorrow morning we are
going to be focused
for this week's game."
On his confidence in the ability for Missouri to bounce back...
the attitude everybody has. It is a learning experience. You have all
these coaches that know how to get us through it. So, I think the
attitude of the guys
is big. They are focused, and we will be ready."
Senior Wide Receiver, L'Damian Washington
On the past week being the anniversary of his mother's passing...
meant a lot. To get that touchdown in the game Saturday, that was why I
took a knee. It is all for her, and for my brothers. I just want to
thank God for giving
me the ability to be here, and being able to represent something so
powerful. It is all for her. That touchdown Saturday meant a lot to me.
Wednesday was her birthday and to come out Saturday and get that
touchdown was just my message to her."
On the so-called 24-hour rule of letting go after a win or loss...
I think winning and losing is just the same. You have to let it go 24
hours after. You of course have to learn from it (losing) and from wins
also, but you have
to learn from losses a little bit more. Also, just to let it go, and
look towards the next opponent. You don't want the South Carolina loss
affecting us two weeks in a row. So, we just want to leave it where it
was, and move onto to Tennessee."
On the silver lining being that Mizzou is still atop the SEC East...
just because we lost one game doesn't define our season. I think all of
our goals are still reachable. Last year, Alabama lost one game and the
that, that they won the championship lost a regular season game. So, our
goals are still the same."
Redshirt Junior Defensive Lineman, Kony Ealy
On the stakes being high for the rest of the season...
don't focus on that. We let our playing ability do all the talking, and
things like that. We just want to go out there and win games, so we are
going to prepare
right and go out there and do our best."
On not dropping far in the rankings...
really wasn't paying attention to the polls. I hope that one loss
wouldn't drop us too far, but that is not my main concern. My main
concern is just focusing on
On Tennessee players providing bulletin board material...
am a competitor. I am going to go out there every Saturday, and
compete. I will let my performance do the talking. I am not going to sit
here, and trash talk. He
(the outspoken Tennessee player) made a promise and hopefully he keeps
his promise, but we will see."