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That was Barry Odom’s final message to his team after Missouri wrapped up its first preseason practice on Friday. The Tigers have four weeks and a day until their season opener at Wyoming. That’s not much time in the context of all the work that’s put into preparation for a college football season. After two hours and 20 minutes in the morning sun on their newly installed practice fields, the Tigers are one step closer to the 2019 season — with plenty of work ahead in the coming weeks. Check out our STREAM on the best NCAA Football streaming sites and Services
“Talk to any coach in America and they will be excited about day one,” Odom told a large gathering of reporters on hand for Mizzou’s first preseason practice. “And I am, too. I’ll join that crowd. I really like this team on the work that they’ve done since our bowl game was over last year. Every year is different. Every team is different. … We’ve got a lot of work to do and a short time to do it. In 29 days we’ll be playing real ball.”
The Tigers opened camp without major health concerns for players expected to play significant roles. Wideout Khmari Thompson (right knee) and cornerback Ish Burdine (right shoulder) were in street clothes and held out of all drills. Burdine has undergone surgery and will be out extensively. Thompson could return before the end of camp, Odom said. Linebacker Jamie Pettway (right knee) was in uniform but sat out most drills while wearing a red jersey.
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