With the early departure to the NFL of Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson, the Tigers began Spring Football with a pair of juniors listed as the starters at defensive tackle. Recently, Coach Pinkel stated that returning starter Matt Hoch is playing “at a whole different level”.
He also talked about current starter, Lucas Vincent.
“He’s a very talented player,” said Coach Pinkel, talking about Lucas Vincent. “He’s really doing a lot of good things. I just have high expectations of him. I want him to think of over-achieving. That’s kind of my approach with him. He’s got a lot more in him than what we’re getting, but we’re seeing a lot more of it now.”
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Vincent. Vincent intimated that he is fully healthy, and that he’s reduced his percentage of body fat, while maintaining a playing weight of three-hundred pounds.
“I’m a hundred percent healthy,” said Vincent. “I feel great!”
This spring, Vincent has been playing the best that I’ve seen from him during his time at Missouri. And, he’s coming off of a good showing in the Tigers' most recent scrimmage. But like Coach Pinkel, I think Vincent can be better.
“My pec feels good,” explained Vincent, who had suffered a torn pectoral muscle last summer. “I’ve dropped a lot of body fat. I’ve gotten confidence back, and I’ve worked a lot on my fundamentals.”
The 6'2" Vincent said that he weighs “about 300” pounds. He reported a 40 time of 4.88 seconds, and a vertical jump of 32”. He reported a 9’3” standing broad jump.
“There’s always room for improvement,” said Vincent. “I’m going to be in the weight room. I can be a monster! I’ve yet to reach my potential, and I’m not going to stop.”
Vincent talked about his plan for this summer to become “stronger, leaner, and maintain my weight”.
Vincent is also working on improving his fundamental technique. He talked about improving in that area as well as physically.
“I’ve been doing a lot of extra work,” said Vincent. “We’ve been working a lot on my hands, hand placement, firing off, and my stance.”
I asked Vincent what are his goals on the football field for this spring?
“I want to solidify myself as a starter,” replied Vincent, “and just know that I’m the best at my position. And, I want to win most improved defensive linemen.”
Most improved defensive linemen is a hotly contested competition, as there are a few defensive linemen who have really come on this spring.