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  Mizzou works on ways to get Cooper more involved |  Mizzou Sports News

Maybe that happens Saturday when the Tigers (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) host Tennessee (2-2, 0-1) in an 11 a.m. kickoff on SEC Network.

Drinkwitz made some curious clock management decisions in Saturday’s loss but meticulously explained his rationale Tuesday, starting with his choice not to call a timeout late in the second half after his defense sacked BC quarterback Dennis Grosel to set up fourth-and-17 with about a minute left in the half. Instead, BC ran the clock down to 10 seconds, called timeout and made a 49-yard game-tying field goal, leaving Mizzou no time to field the kickoff and mount one last possession.

“I knew they started the second half with the football so one of the lessons I learned last year was against Florida it was 13-7 and I tried to be really aggressive, we fumbled, they scored and kind of got the game out of reach,” he said “So, in that situation on the road, I just wanted to make sure that the last play of that half was a play that either we block the field goal, they make it or miss it, but we’re going into halftime tied. That’s why I chose not to use a timeout there.”

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  • The former four-star recruit from Trinity Catholic indicated he wasn’t happy with his role after Saturday’s loss, posting on Instagram, “would love to play some WR.”

  • “We’ve got to work with him,” Drinkwitz added Tuesday. “I’ve got to trust him on where he’s at if he’s not right. I want it so bad for him that I’m trying to (be) like, ‘OK, well if you’re not (fully ready), I’ll still get you these (plays) and these and these.’ I think I’ve set him back.”