As the Tigers (3-4, 0-3) resume their season on Saturday at Vanderbilt (2-6, 0-4) in search of their first SEC victory, Bazelak believes he and his coaches have diagnosed and resolved the issues. during the week off. by “just kind of just standing there, taking punches (and) throwing,” he said.
“You don’t feel it at that moment during the game because you have so much on your mind,” he added. “But then you go back to film and you see some of that stuff got messed up and you can easily fix things. “
Outside of Mizzou’s beleaguered defense, no one needs a bigger Saturday than Bazelak. Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz has made it clear with actions and words that Bazelak’s job is secure, but more interceptions and more blocked orders will only intensify the outside chatter for Drinkwitz to consider other options at the most scrutinized position in the game. So far, he’s been reluctant to play substitutes Brady Cook and Tyler Macon, other than second-half snaps against Southeast Missouri.
Bazelak didn’t experience those sustained struggles last year, not until a day of three interceptions in the season finale at Mississippi State. This season, the reigning SEC co-freshman had 10 touchdown passes before throwing his second interception. Lately, however, he has rarely looked like the poised and precise pilot of the Drinkwitz attack.
“It’s new,” Drinkwitz said of the recent section of Bazelak. “And I think you are finding out what you are made of on all sides. I think we do a good job of making sure people understand that praise and blame are all the same. You can’t get caught one way or the other. You need to be confident in who you are, own up to your mistakes, and keep moving forward. It’s all easy to say, it’s easy to read, it’s easy to like on Twitter. It’s when you actually walk through it that you have to prove it.