There may not be a program in the country that has a better transition plan in place after losing a quarterback to the NFL than the Missouri Tigers.
While Drew Lock is still waiting to find out where he will play football next season in the NFL, Mizzou already has its next starting quarterback in place with spring football underway in Columbia. If you missed it, Barry Odom has already declared Kelly Bryant as the team’s starting quarterback heading into spring camp.
After taking in the first few practices of his Missouri career, Bryant gave a video interview to Mizzou Athletics, which has been posted to YouTube.
During the interview, Bryant touched on his relationship with offensive coordinator Derek Dooley and the conversation the two shared following a recent practice.
“It’s been good, it was a good conversation we had on the big picture. You know there’s going to be some growing pains early, I’m just trying to understand the whole offense and just get a feel for everything before it really slows down,” Bryant commented. “Like I said, he was just telling me to take it day by day, don’t get too high or too low, you know, throughout the whole spring.”
While many immediately questioned Bryant’s status with the team when it was discovered that the NCAA Committee on Infractions handed the program a one-year postseason ban, the graduate transfer from Clemson didn’t give any consideration to leaving the program following that news. After that unfortunate news broke, the team’s seniors met to discuss the situation which resulted in every player deciding to finish out their careers in Columbia.
Here is what Bryant had to say occurred during that team meeting immediately following the unexpected news.
“The group of guys, the seniors, we all met and said, it is what it is but we are going to be here,” Bryant continued. “If somebody don’t want to be here, just go ahead and let us know early because, from this day forward, we are going to put our best foot forward.”
You can view the entire interview below: