COLUMBIA, MO. – Greetings from the press box at Missouri’s Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.
Apparently it’s notable that I’m here five hours before the game. When I showed up, the security guard at the gate said media wouldn’t be allowed in until three hours before kickoff. I laughed and told him, “that’s not going to hack it in the SEC.” He ended up calling Mizzou’s director of media relations, Chad Moller, who graciously let me in and several others a short time later.
Us grizzled SEC veterans are used to getting to stadiums early. I normally don’t get in this far in advance (had to check out of hotel at noon) but traditionally most scribes come early to beat the notoriously rotten traffic at SEC venues. We set up in the press box, watch some of the early games and usually venture back out around the stadium and eventually on the field.
To get you up to date, Georgia is indeed going to be without four defensive starters due to disciplinary suspensions: CB Sanders Commings (arrest), ILB Alec Ogletree (team rules violations), FS Bacarri Rambo (team rules violation) and OLB Chase Vasser (arrest).
Georgia’s injury situation has improved but still may be an issue. Sophomore Malcolm Mitchell, who missed the opener with an ankle injury, is expected to start at boundary cornerback.
Freshman right tackle John Theus is still limping from his fourth-quarter ankle injury versus Buffalo but is expected to start. However, his backup Watts Dantzler (high-ankle sprain) did not make the trip. So redshirt freshman Xzavier Ward and junior Austin Long will be counted on as backups.
Below are some pics I’ve taken since I’ve been here. Also you’ll find links to all our pregame coverage.
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