Mizzou Tiger Talk with Gary Pinkel, Kentrell Brothers, and Connor McGovern

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this week’s Tiger Talk, linebacker Kentrell Brothers and offensive lineman Connor McGovern joined Head Coach Gary Pinkel and Mike Kelly, the voice of Mizzou Football.

Pinkel began by talking about Mizzou’s 42-13 victory over the Florida Gators and explained how important special teams were in earning the win.

“You always want to win those phases of the game because it increases your chances,” Pinkel said. “Regardless of how your offense does, regardless of how your defense does, if you get those things on your side it gives you a much better chance of winning the game.”

Pinkel also discussed what makes Marcus Murphy a great kick and punt returner.

“You don’t coach it,” he said. “You don’t coach what he does.”

On the defensive side, junior defensive end Shane Ray had another big game, racking up two sacks and six tackles on his way to SEC defensive lineman of the week honors.

“He’s a good athlete, and he runs very, very well,” Pinkel said. “He is a great, great competitor. He is one of the great competitors I’ve ever been around.”

Mizzou takes on Vanderbilt for its annual Homecoming game on Saturday, October 25. Fans are encouraged to “Tiger Stripe” The ZOU by wearing the corresponding color to their section.

“This could be really cool,” Pinkel said. “This is the first time we’ve ever done it and I think we could do it every year and I think it’d be very special.”

McGovern and Brothers then joined Mike Kelly at the desk at Buffalo Wild Wings to talk about their victory over Florida. A couple kick returns and defensive touchdowns had Mizzou up big and Florida fans leaving early on Saturday, a goal for most road teams.

“That’s a great feeling,” McGovern said. “There’s not a whole lot better feeling than that because that’s really when you know you can really step on them.”

McGovern, originally from Fargo, North Dakota, then touched on his recruiting trail to Mizzou.

“They were the first big school to really give me a shot,” he said. “They were the first people to really take notice of me and believe I had something there.”

Brothers, a Guthrie, Okla., native, mentioned how his mother has been able to come to every game except for one home game and one away game.

“Yeah, I mean she loves football,” he said.

But McGovern said his dad goes one step further than that.

“My dad is pretty much what you call a super fan,” he said. “I don’t know if there is anyone out there who gets more excited about Missouri football than my dad.”

Coach Pinkel rejoined Kelly to talk about the importance of winning at The ZOU.

“A win streak on the road is nice,” Pinkel said. “But I want a win streak at home. This is a hugely important game for many reasons.”

See Tiger Talk live at 7 p.m. every Monday at Buffalo Wild Wings, or watch online via the GaryPinkel.com livestream.

See Mizzou Football back in action at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 25 against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Follow Mizzou Football on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for updates throughout gameday.