Mizzou Football coach Barry Odom stopped in Springfield Wednesday, touting his latest recruiting class and the direction of the program.
This is Year 3 for Odom, and his team is coming off a strong finish to its season, winning the final six regular season games after a 1-5 start.
Odom is certainly happy to have star quarterback Drew Lock back for his senior season after leading the nation with 45 touchdown passes in 2017.
Addressing more than 350 supporters at University Plaza, Odom discussed his vision for the future, which includes better recruiting in the Show-Me State.
“We’ve got to do a better job, and I think everybody understands that,” Odom said. “We’re identifying guys who want to be at Mizzou, and they fit schematically into what we’re doing on both sides of the ball.”
Echoing a now-famous speech he made after the Tigers’ loss to Auburn last season, Odom added, “It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a tough, hard process that involves a lot of strain. It’s hard, but it’ll be the most rewarding experience guys will have a chance to be a part of.”
Mizzou will open spring practice early next month.