COLUMBIA — He's called "Money Man," and you can hear his work when you step onto the practice field.
Missouri Director of Football Operations Dan Hopkins — "Money Man Dan" — has a variety of duties. But for players who must wake up at 5:45 a.m. to begin the daily fall camp grind, music selection might be one of Hopkins' more important — if understated — jobs.
According to the Missouri Athletics Department, Hopkins is responsible for coordinating the team's travel, scheduling facilities and overseeing the budget. But if you ask Tiger players and coaches — including Shane Ray, Darius White and offensive coordinator Josh Henson — they'll tell you that Hopkins is the team's deejay. That's right: When he's not pulling the purse strings, he's priming the practice playlist.
Music is a part of every Missouri practice. It's common for position groups to do a little dance for their teammates leading into warmups. Like this:
And when the Tigers are straining to stretch their hamstrings, some good tunes might break up the monotony.
Ray and White said that Hopkins takes music requests from players. He makes a "collective list," in the words of Ray, and pulls songs accordingly. White said Hopkins is good about honoring their requests, but the senior wide receiver also said there are days when he and his teammates forget to ask for songs.
"We put requests in and when we do, we get it done," White said. "But when we don't, it's like just up in the air — whatever Money Man Dan plays."
White didn't comment on Hopkins' taste in music, but he did allude to varying preferences among the Tiger players.
"Those are the days — everybody's not really nodding their head or saying anything," White said. "Those are the days where that's not the kind of music we (some of the wideouts) wanted to hear."
So what do the Tigers like to hear? White remembers teammate Bud Sasser requesting a song by Drake. Evan Boehm enjoys country, from Luke Bryan to George Strait. Jimmie Hunt likes Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight." Rap is Ray's choice, though he also likes "old school rock."
"I actually kind of like the AC/DC, I like the old school rock," Ray said. "In high school, that's all my coaches were blasting in the weight room."
Here's what the Tigers have been jamming to on the practice field — consider it your fall camp soundtrack:
AC/DC — "Back in Black," "Shoot to Thrill," and "Thunderstruck"
James Brown — "Get Up Offa That Thing"
Craig Campbell — "Fish"
The Game (featuring 2 Chainz and Rick Ross) — "Ali Bomaye"
Ellie Goulding (featuring Theophilus London) — "Starry Eyed" (Penguin Prison remix)
Steve Holy — "Love Don't Run"
Michael Jackson — "Thriller"
Jeezy — "Me OK"
Migos — "Versace"
Justin Moore — "Small Town USA"
Nappy Roots — "Awnaw (Country Boyz)"
Nelly — "Air Force Ones"
P.O.D. — "Alive"
Queen — "We Will Rock You"
Rich Homie Quan — "Type of Way"
Rick Ross (featuring Jay Z) — "The Devil is a Lie"
Run D.M.C. — "It's Tricky," "Walk this Way" (featuring Aerosmith)
Swoope — "Same Team"
Twisted Sister — "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Pharrell Williams — "Happy"