Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant missed his first game of the season last week against Georgia because of a hamstring injury. But he’s expected to return this Saturday versus Florida.

Tigers coach Barry Odom said as much in Wednesday’s teleconference, claiming that Bryant is “as close to 100 percent” as he’s seen in recent weeks.

“I anticipate him playing and playing well,” Odom said of his quarterback.

Bryant, who transferred from Clemson during the offseason, has thrown for 1,845 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s completed 62.2 percent of his passes and averaged 8.2 yards per attempt.

Bryant has also rushed for 205 yards and another score. Missouri will host Florida at 12 pm ET on Saturday.

Here’s what else Odom said in his teleconference Wednesday:

  • On Barry Lunney: I knew about the news, I think Chad is a great person and a good news. I haven’t had time to think about Arkansas just yet. I have gotten to know Barry on the recruiting trail… but really, the focus for me is trying to get our team to play better ball. Our hands are full trying to get ready for Florida.on the Arkansas job: Bob, I don’t need to comment on that… I’m worried about trying to prepare my team, we need to play better ball.
  • On Taylor Powell’s play last week: I thought he did some good things, we tried to get him going early with some quick throws. He hung in there and competed. He wishes he would have went a few different ways with some reads… he will go in and play better in the next opportunity, proud of the way he competed and prepared.
  • On if the forecast could help vs. Florida: I’m not sure if it will but if it is an advantage I will take it.