COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers will not play a game next week. And while the Tigers will still practice and go to class (coaches and parents hope), the full rigors of football will not be in session. Each player plans to treat their bye week a little differently.
For some, a bye week is a mental respite. Others will take the time to heal physically. Local players will go home for a meal cooked with love, some will sleep the time away, and others will fish.
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WHERE: Memorial Stadium
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Freshman quarterback Tyler Gabbert: "I may go back and try to see a high school game. I think Blaine has done that and come watched a game in the past. I don't know — just hanging out, fishing, things like that."
Sophomore wide receiver T.J. Moe: "There's never time off from football ... I think I'm going to end up going home on that Saturday, it's my high schools homecoming, so maybe I'll go back and see them. Mentally, you don't have a whole lot of limitations, so I think you don't really need a break on that one."
Senior center Tim Barnes: "I might go find a little place to fish. I might get back home for a night or a day, just to relax, be away from football and clear my mind. One of the biggest things for me is, ever since I've been playing, is just trying to get away for a few days, clear my head and get ready for Big 12 to start up. I might play some sandbags or something, maybe some washers. Leisure activities ..."
Junior wide receiver Jerrell Jackson: "No plans. You know, school, staying in class. Probably a little more video games than usual. We use that whole week to prepare for Colorado. We've been getting banged up for the last few weeks, so the bye week gives us an opportunity to get fresh."
Senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar: "It's good to get healthy. And also it's good to rest mentally. It's nice that ours is set up to where ours is set up for conference play. For me it's school work. I get school work done, cause I have a lot on my plate. And a lot more sleep too, that's for sure, because we don't have to get up early."