COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Mizzou football coach Eli Drinkwitz announced that starting quarterback Brady Cook is currently day-to-day and will not practice on Tuesday, after hyperextending his knee in the win against No. 15 Kansas State.
You can watch extended highlights of Cook and the other quarterbacks at practice in the video player below.
Coach Drinkwitz said they did get an MRI on QB1's leg and there is no structural damage. He said they are going to continue to monitor the injury as the week goes on, heading into the game against Memphis in St. Louis.
You can watch the full press conference with Drinkwitz in the video player below.
His teammates said it is a frustrating blow, after the standout game that Cook had on Saturday. He threw for a career high 356 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and ran in for his 10th career rushing touchdown in the top-15 upset.
"We have confidence in every one of our guys, with Sam [Horn] and Jake [Garcia]," running back Cody Schrader said. "Losing a guy like Brady, when he's day-to-day, definitely just having that in the back of your head definitely just makes you wonder. But, we know he's gonna be a great leader. I've already seen him talking to Sam and Jake and stuff like that."
You can watch the full press conference with Schrader in the video player below.
The Tigers will head into the game against Memphis the Dome at America's Center, in St. Louis, off of the best win in the of the Drinkwitz era. However, on Tuesday, Coach Eli emphasized that his team is focused on turning the page.
"There's a difference between taking confidence and living in the past. To live in the past is to die in the present," he said. "We talk about ignoring the noise all the time and that's usually when you think of it in a negative context, but you have to really do the same thing in a positive context."
It's an exciting game for the 18 players on the Tiger roster that hail from the St. Louis area. Drinkwitz said he's seen a lot of bartering for tickets in the facility this week, so guys can pack their families and friends into the dome. However, it's also a useful recruiting tool for the Tigers.
Wide receiver Mookie Cooper is from St. Louis, as well, and he said not every high school student gets to see a college football game in person. That makes this game a pretty special experience.
"I'm a little lit," he said. "I got a lot of people hitting me up and all that, trying to come to the game. It's gonna be fun. I feel like it'll be a cool experience. You know, let people who aren't really able to come down to Mizzou, just get a look at the Mizzou Tigers."
You can watch the full press conference with Cooper in the video player below.
Defensive back Marvin Burks Jr. is fresh out of St. Louis, as he is a freshman at MU. He's made an early impact for defensive coordinator Blake Baker's group and on all aspects of special teams. He still remembers the first game he ever saw at the Dome, as a kid.
"I've never played in the Dome before, but I been in the Dome before. I watched the Rams game, I think when they played the Ravens," he said. "I was young, I was with my dad, actually. So, it was a great expereince. I know the Dome gets real loud, so I'm looking forward to it. I know a lot of my family is gonna be there, a lot of friends."
You can watch the full press conference with Burks in the video player below.
Mizzou will kick off against Memphis at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Dome at America's Center in downtown St. Louis.