Coach Drinkwitz talks upcoming football season

3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago Wednesday, June 17 2020 Jun 17, 2020 Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:05:00 PM CDT June 17, 2020 in Sports
By: Parker Rehm, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter

COLUMBIA— Tuesday marked the second week of media availability with Mizzou football coaches and players since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

Head Coach Eli Drinkwitz stole the show in an eventful Zoom call, sporting a shirt covered in bright colors and pink flamingos.

Drinkwitz touched on a few topics, ranging from COVID-19 limitations both on and off the field to the Black Lives Matter movement and his players' use of social media.

The toughest challenge is limiting interactions from players outside of the facility as opposed to at voluntary workouts Drinkwitz said.

"Back in the day when you were twenty-two, I mean could somebody tell you what you can and can't do?," he said. "It's hard. It's hard and we're learning more now than ever."

Drinkwitz also highlighted the importance of recruiting in a time like this.

"I can get around anywhere in the country," Drinkwitz said. "We do have the ability to get where we need to go and there is a commitment to recruit great players wherever we need to."

Despite early success, Drinkwitz's staff is in a bit of a drought with bringing in a new recruit.

"It's been about seven to eight days," Drinkwitz said. "We'll get on that."

Coach Casey Woods followed Drinkwitz.

Woods talked about the need to be able to adapt during this time instead of trying to evaluate talent.

"A large portion of this volunteer time until the NCAA brings us back is not so much about evaluation," Woods said. "It's more about maintenance, it's more about preparing their body for the grind that's going to come and [the pandemic] is obviously a unique situation."

Larry Rountree III completed the day of interviews. The senior running back said he feels like he's in high school with the amount of change to his routine he went through this summer.

"I'm not at the facility as long as I'm used to being over the last couple of years," Rountree said. I'm used to being there, [in] the usual schedule for the last couple of years so that's what makes it a little bit different."

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