Barry Odom provides an update on Kelly Bryant, explains Missouri's inconsistency
Kelly Bryant appears to be back on track to play this week at Georgia, coach Barry Odom said Wednesday, one day after he gave a doubtful update about the quarterback’s recovery from a hamstring injury.
“Kelly took the majority of the snaps with the 1’s… we always make sure that our No. 2 quarterback gets some time with the 1’s because that position is so important,” Odom said on the SEC media teleconference. “This week has been no different, Kelly is on track to play and play well.”
If there’s anything that’s described Missouri this season, it’s been inconsistency, with losses to Wyoming, Vanderbilt and Kentucky sandwiched around a five-game winning streak.
“I wish it was easy enough to point at something, we just haven’t played well enough in those losses,” Odom said. “We haven’t been able to run the ball for whatever reason, there are many reasons… against Kentucky and Wyoming gave up too many explosive plays. We are just good enough to do everything right to win but if we don’t… we open our selves up to not being able to get it done… the areas that we haven’t played well enough, we understand and the staff and the team is working hard to get there.”
Replacing LB Cale Garrett, who is out for the season and suffered the injury more than a month ago, is difficult.
“I think our guys understand he isn’t coming back, you can’t control injuries, obviously but that’s part of it,” Odom said. “The 10 guys around him need to step up their game… I think the linebackers, led by Nick Bolton, have played better each week and the guys we have rotated in there continue to progress and they will be tested once again this week.”
Odom said running the ball this week against one of the best defenses in the country will be a challenge. He said point of attack blocking and not getting movement are some of the reasons the Tigers have struggled to run the ball.
“Never put the blame on just blocking, we have to coach and teach better,” Odom said. “There are a number of things we have looked at to give us an advantage. We have to find ways to extend the drive… if we can do that, find ways to get the next 10 yards, that’s been a big emphasis for us.”