'I take full responsibility': Mizzou DC Steve Wilks responds to Tigers' defensive showing vs. Kentucky
Missouri welcomes Southeast Missouri State to Faurot Field on Saturday as the Tigers look to bounce back from a 35-28 loss to Kentucky in Lexington on Sept. 11.
That was a game where Mizzou allowed 519 yards of total offense, including 340 yards on the ground. And that caused plenty of frustration among Tigers fans, specifically toward the direction of 1st-year defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
“I take full responsibility for the performance last week,” Wilks said on Tuesday, according to Dave Matter. “[It] wasn’t to our standard. Not even close. I’ve got to do a better job.”
Wilks will be making an adjustment to his coaching strategy for Saturday’s game as a result. Instead of coaching from the sideline, he will be watching from the press box. He added that he coached from the press box while with the Carolina Panthers in 2017 and that doing so will give him a better vantage point of what’s happening on the field.
Wilks also mentioned the 64-yard run Wan’Dale Robinson had on the Wildcats’ opening drive, and the “personnel confusion” that occurred that allowed it to happen.
Hopefully for the Tigers, they’ll be able to turn the page and put together a better defensive performance against an FCS opponent they should handle fairly easily.