On more than one occasion during the bye week, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel talked about redshirt freshman Harold Brantley supplanting junior Lucas Vincent as the starting nose guard.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
He mentioned it to the Tiger Club of Kansas City and again in a radio interview. He was asked about it again Monday.
“Brantley’s doing a very good job,” Pinkel said. “It’s very competitive and it’s very good, so it’s very healthy — a good situation.”
Vincent (6-feet-2, 305 pounds), an Olathe North graduate, and Brantley (6-feet-3, 290 pounds) are joined by “OR” atop the Tigers’ depth chart, but Vincent isn’t worried about who’s deemed the starter and who is the backup.
“It really doesn’t matter who starts,” Vincent said. “We’re both going to get in there and we’re both going to make plays.”
Both Vincent and Brantley have recorded six tackles, including five unassisted stops, with one tackle for a loss during the first two games. Vincent also has one of Missouri’s three sacks on the season.
Apparently, for now, they are both considered starters.
Pinkel on ‘The System’
Pinkel declined to say much about “The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football,” which hits bookstores today and includes a chapter that chronicles Derrick Washington’s conviction for sexually assaulting a former tutor.
“The University’s made a statement on it,” Pinkel said. “We do a great job here with our student-athletes. Our academic services are exceptional. Our national rankings and our academic success proves it.”
When asked if he’d seen the kinds of issues outlined in the book, Pinkel said, “No, if I did, I’d jump on it quick.”
Kickoff announced for Arkansas State game
Missouri’s next home game Sept. 28 against Arkansas State will kick off at 6:30 p.m. It will be broadcast on Comcast Sports South.
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