TIGER KICKOFF: Five questions for players

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:50 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 29, 2014

Missouri football players are used to fielding questions about general topics such as motivating factors and Xs and Os. So Missourian football reporters occasionally give them the chance to sound off on other, unrelated items. Most impressively, the reporters found two players who actually believe the Cowboys are destined for the Super Bowl (OK, so they're both from Texas).

Each week, a group of Tigers will tackle the real hot topics. Our first "Fast Five" panel includes junior safety Ian Simon, senior wide receiver Bud Sasser, senior offensive lineman Mitch Morse and sophomore linebacker Michael Scherer.

1. What was the best movie you saw over the summer?

SASSER: "I haven’t been to the movies in a long time. Can I give you a Netflix show? 'Dexter.'"

SIMON: "Oh man, 'Hercules' — that was a great movie."

MORSE: "'Hercules' was pretty great. You know, this is kind of a weird one, I watched … 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. That’s my cup of tea. It’s kind of strange but I dig it."

SCHERER: "Lone Survivor."


2. What class are you most looking forward to in the fall?

MORSE: "My online class — which is all of them. So I’m really looking to do well in all my online classes and focus on football."

SIMON: "I think I’m taking some psychology class and I really enjoy my psychology classes — those are fun."

SASSER: "Like school-wise? (Laughs.) None of ‘em! None of ‘em — I’m just ready to graduate. I’m almost done, almost done."

SCHERER: "I like accounting. So when that comes around, sure, I’ll be ready for that one."


3. Who's your way-too-early Super Bowl pick?

SIMON: "I’m going to go ahead and say the Dallas Cowboys. I gotta stick with ‘em."

SASSER: "Cowboys."

MORSE: "You know, I got to go with the Seahawks and Justin Britt. I’m rooting for the guy."

SCHERER: "I’m going to go with San Francisco."


4. If you weren't playing football, what would you rather be doing?

SIMON: "I would rather have been out in the woods hunting. I hunt hogs, deer, turkey — I wanna hunt." (Sometimes he hunts with a gun, sometimes he hunts with a bow.)

SASSER: "Probably playing basketball somewhere, hopefully. I'll play anywhere, an open gym — I just like to play."

MORSE: "(I’d) be an actor. I’d be an actor, absolutely. Whatever they cast me as — I’d try my hardest to do anything. For me, I go to movies and plays and I enjoy the atmosphere, but it’s kind of cool to see how certain actors take on certain roles and how they kind of develop themselves in the role. It’s kind of another weird thing I do."

SCHERER: "Golf. It looks so fun. Especially doing what I’m doing — hitting people all the time. For golfers, all they gotta do is go out and golf. I need to figure out a way to be good at golf. I’ve played a few times. I don’t play regularly but I go out and have fun. If you don’t count, I shoot well."


5. What's your essential summer attire?

SCHERER: "You gotta have the tank top, the swim trunks and the flip flops — that’s me."

SIMON: "Tank tops: sun’s out, guns out!"

SASSER: Ribbed white tank top, "shorts, sandals, no socks."

MORSE: "Oh man, well, you have to have those slippers, and you can’t wear shoes — I’m talking about Sperry’s, because they start to stink in July. Boxers: Boxer briefs because with the summer, you can’t be chafing that badly but you still want the comfortness of boxers. Shorts: A little bit above knee-high because you don’t want to go in and have that weird below-the-knee tan. And a big shirt, just because you don’t want to look fat. Not slipper-slippers: I’m talking like Sperry’s … Birkenstocks."

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.

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