Media Day Mashup: Mizzou defense says it's not about sacks

Media Day Mashup: Mizzou defense says it's not about sacks

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Texas wide receiver Mike Davis, center, is wrapped up by Missouri's E.J. Gaines, right, Matt White, left, and Terrell Resonno during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 17-5. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)


Posted on September 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 10:18 AM

(MU FootballApp) -- The Mizzou defense sounds off at Media Day about facing a fast-paced offense in Indiana and the benefits of coming off of a bye week.

Junior Defensive Lineman, Kony Ealy

On being versatile…

“It is very important. I remember Florida’s offense last year, and they did a lot of different formations. I think overall defensively in that game, we adjusted pretty well. They are going to come at us with different formations and schemes, but we just need to go out there, play football, do what we always do and have fun.”

On Harold Brantley’s bigger role…

“He brings energy, strength, and excitement to the field. Personally, I am just waiting for him to produce an A‐plus game. I know he is going to contribute this weekend at Indiana.”

On not having many sacks…

“That just means they are getting the ball out quicker and respecting our defensive pass rush. Also, we have gotten a lot of third downs and three and outs. We are bringing a lot more attention to our defense than just getting sacks. It would be nice to get sacks, but if we don’t get many and we are still forcing turnovers and getting the ball back to our offense, then we are doing our jobs.”

Senior Defensive Back, E.J. Gaines

On having a bye week last week…

“It was good to have the week off. We got a full week to watch film on them and watch the game they just played. We definitely got a head start on preparation.”

On Indiana’s fast paced offense…

“I love it as a cornerback. It really takes me back to playing in the Big 12 and the way they like to throw the ball.”

On telling the younger players about playing on the road…

“I just tell them to stay level headed. A lot of stuff is going to be different playing away from Columbia. You have to be ready and prepared for anything.”

On Coach Pinkel approaching a wins milestone…

“Coach Pinkel is a great coach and that honestly doesn’t surprise me at all.”