Coach Drinkwitz shares inactives for Saturday's game

1 month 3 days 1 hour ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:38:00 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in Sports
By: Chris Mitchell, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Missouri Head Football Coach Eli Drinkwitz confirmed seven players will be out for Saturday's game due to COVID-19 in a Zoom press conference Tuesday. 

While that doesn't mean seven cases of COVID-19, it does mean seven players will be out due to positive tests and contact tracing.

"This is a public health issue and people should know what's going on with our football team as it relates to a pandemic, is where I would start," Drinkwitz said during his press conference. "And I would say that that probably, for me, is more important than whatever competitive advantage we feel like it might be."

Drinkwitz also announced several injuries Tuesday, including the medical retirement of tight end Brendan Scales due to a foot injury and two season-ending shoulder injuries for offensive lineman Hyrin White and defensive lineman Jatorian Hansford.

On the topic of Saturday's starting quarterback, Drinkwitz didn't shine any new light on the matter outside of the depth chart, listing the starting quarterback as Connor Bazelak or Shawn Robinson.

"I don't think there's a magic formula and I don't think any of us have exactly what the process is as to how to handle all this stuff. I think we're all trying to do we what we can and just like anything, you'll learn."

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