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MU football’s second scrimmage is ‘refreshing,’ for Coach Drink

COLUMBIA, Mo (KMIZ)

There are just 21 days until Mizzou football hosts the Alabama Crimson Tide on Faurot Field for the season opener.

Eli Drinkwitz said although it's approaching quickly, the season definitely did not creep up on him.

"We're supposed to have played today, man," he said. "I feel like I'm on that movie where he was on the island and he can't get off -- Castaway. I feel like Castaway, we can't quite get to that game yet. Every time I think we're close, the waves throw me back on the beach."

The squad had its second scrimmage on Saturday and Drinkwitz said he saw a lot of improvements from the first one, which was just one week before.

"We got a couple of first downs, which is a huge positive. We scored a couple of touchdowns, which again, is a huge positive," he said.

Although the improvements may sound simple, one week before Drinkwitz said his defense was running all over his offense in the first scrimmage.

Despite the growth, Drinkwitz said there is still a lot of good and bad on both sides of the ball.

"It typical, you know, if I was fired up about the offense, then I was ticked off about the defense and fired up about the defense, then I was ticked off about the offense," he said.

With a week one matchup against Alabama just around the corner, he said there is still a lot of work to be done.

"Penalties, turnovers, lack of execution, giving up explosive plays, having negative yardage plays, you know, all the stuff that makes football games ridiculously terrible to watch," he said.

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Nathalie Jones

Nathalie reports on both news and sports for ABC17. She started working at the station in June 2020.

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