COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Ahead of Saturday's game against New Mexico State, there are a lot of emotions for Mizzou seniors as they reflect on their time at Faurot Field.
Rock Bridge Alum Martez Manuel has been a leader of the Tigers defense this season and says why he's walking away from his time at Mizzou with so many positive lessons, football has also taught him some tough ones.
"It taught me that life isn’t fair," Maneul said. "I feel like that’s kind of a harsh way to put it, but I’ve been here four years and been .500 every year. Sometimes even in life when you work really hard, you still will fall short."
While some seniors see they're time at Mizzou coming to a close, others aren't sure if this is the end.
"I'm still not all the way decided what I'm going to do yet, but I still have a year left so I'm really considering that," said offensive lineman Javon Foster.
Foster also reflected on the last game against Tennessee saying that the team didn't play up the standards.
"I feel like we could have gave them a lot better run and actually won the game, if we would have played our standard," Foster said.
Quarterback Brady Cook also said that the offense needs to be able to execute better in the big time games.
"We made too many self-inflicted wounds and just silly penalties," Cook said. "We need to score late in the game to keep ourselves in it."
As leaders going into this game, wide receiver Tauskie Dove said the captains have an important role going into this week. He said his main goal is to get a message across to younger guys on the team.
"Focus on the details and making sure that when your number and name is called, you got to be ready," Dove said. "Second-string, third-string, it really doesn't matter because anyone's number and name can be called so make sure you know the assignment."
Mizzou will play New Mexico at home Saturday at 6:30 p.m.