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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sheldon Richardson: "We are bottom feeders of SEC"

Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has been a force all season for Gary Pinkel's Missouri Tigers football team.

Richardson had a very nice game once again on Saturday in Mizzou's 14-7 loss on the road at Florida.  The junior, who has risen up the draft boards of many experts, had six tackles, a fumble recovery and blocked a Gator field goal attempt in the first half.

But Richardson was not happy after the loss.

According to Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune, Richardson admitted where he think his team's status in the SEC is after their first six conference games.
Richardson's self-criticism is a refreshing change from his statements earlier in the season, when he suggested that, "nobody in this league can touch us."

Now, after a 1-5 record in the SEC, Richardson is seeing a very new light.

Richardson's comments highlight what Pinkel and his staff need to do next.  They must recruit more lineman on both sides of the ball if they hope to compete near the top of the SEC.

Otherwise, especially after hearing the team's star player say so himself, Mizzou could find themselves as "bottom feeders" for quite some time.