COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Although the Mizzou football team needs two more wins to become bowl eligible this season, head coach Eli Drinkwitz said the group is focused on getting a win for the seniors this week, against New Mexico State.
MU will honor its 21 seniors in Saturday's game against the Aggies.
You can watch extended highlights from MU's practice leading up to the game in the video player below.
"These seniors deserve this week," he said. "We have one of the unique traditions in college football that if you win on your senior day, the seniors get to go and get a rock from the M and they get carried off the field by their teammates. That's our focus this week, to celebrate these seniors and to make it about them."
You can watch the full press conference with Drinkwitz in the video player below.
Mizzou's final home game will actually be on Nov. 25 against Arkansas, however, Drinkwitz said having senior night against New Mexico State allowed the program to put more focus on those guys.
"That last game is in a compressed, six day window and there's a lot of things that are going on, so it's just trying to reduce the amount of stress there with that week," he said.
Senior linebacker Chad Bailey will be using his extra COVID year of eligibility to return for his sixth season in Columbia. Current sixth-year offensive lineman Hyrin White will also look to return to Mizzou for another season. The right tackle has missed all of the 2022 season due to injury. Drinkwitz said he will be applying for a medical redshirt.
There are two games left on MU football's schedule and the group also needs two more wins for bowl eligibility. Drinkwitz said that that takes a backseat to what this week is all about.
"The only message for us and our football team is these seniors, this week," he said. "Chase two rabbits, you'll catch none. We're focused on what it is for us to do to honor our seniors, to play to our standard, and to be excellent at the simple things. That's really the message for us, there's nothing else besides that."
Mizzou will kick off against New Mexico State at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Faurot Field.