NOTEBOOK: Tigers unconcerned with serving up revenge, hungry for first road win

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The Missouri Tigers hoped to bounce back from a 31-13 loss to South Carolina in their conference opener when they faced off against Purdue on Sept. 16, 2017. Instead, they turned in the worst performance of coach Barry Odom’s tenure, suffering a sickening 35-3 defeat.

Quarterback Drew Lock said he’s not thinking about last year.

“I did go back and watch that game,” Lock said. “And it didn’t look like the Missouri Tigers that I recognized at the end of the year. Nah, I’m not going to use revenge as a key factor of my determination this week. ... Having built-up anger and aggression is the last thing a quarterback needs. We can let the big guys use that if they feel like they want to use that, but I’m just going to keep a level head and think of this as any other game.”

Apparently, the “big guys” aren’t drawing off any leftover emotions from their last matchup with the Boilermakers, either.

“(There) ain’t nobody really worried about that,” defensive lineman Terry Beckner, Jr. said. “It’s just time to handle our business and I’m going to keep working.”

Perhaps the reason none of the Tigers seem eager to use the game as motivation this week is because Odom and the coaching staff have been using that game to motivate their players ever since the clock hit zero on the blowout defeat almost exactly a year ago.

“Just looking at the reasons why at times we had success and why at times we were so poor,” Odom said. “Everybody uses motivation in different ways. For me and my approach to our team this week, we’ve already addressed that one so many times, that we don’t really need to go back there. They know what’s up there. They know what happened that Saturday afternoon and the lessons that came from it.”

Perkins to start Saturday

Redshirt senior Brandon Lee was ejected for targeting during the third quarter of last week’s 40-13 win over Wyoming. The linebacker and Indianapolis product will be ineligible to play in the first half against Purdue on Saturday. Lee has five tackles through the team’s first two games. Redshirt junior Ronnell Perkins will start in his place.

“He’s excited about it,” Odom said. “It’s a great opportunity for him.”

In his three-year career at Missouri, Perkins has racked up 72 total tackles, including five for loss.

Injury report

Wide receiver and punt returner Richaud Floyd broke a bone in his lower right leg during fall training camp in mid-August. On Sunday, the senior took a step in his rehab when he began running in a straight line. Floyd has not yet been cleared to change direction while running. While he is expected to return in the next few weeks, he will not play Saturday against Purdue.

Sophomore safety Joshuah Bledsoe, who didn’t play last week, practiced in full Tuesday. Senior Terez Hall donned a red “limited participation” jersey and should be a full participant Wednesday.

“Nothing more than an inside linebacker being banged up a little bit,” Odom said. “He played pretty tough in there.”

Both Hall and Bledsoe are expected to suit up against Purdue on Saturday.

Supervising editor is Michaela Bennett: sports@columbiamissourian.com, 882-5730.

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