Eli Drinkwitz and the Missouri Tigers are on Rocky Top Saturday afternoon for a game against No. 5 Tennessee.
When you’re playing against a team as good as the Vols, you can’t afford to injure yourself. Well, avoiding them is not something this Mizzou team did well in 2022.
Drinkwitz’s clock management late in the second quarter, leading to a field goal to cut Tennessee’s lead to 28-17 at intermission, garnered a lot of attention from fans.
As you can see below, Mizzou’s coach, who recently signed a contract extension, was ruthlessly trolled by fans and the media on Twitter:
Not Eli Drinkwitz’s $6 million clock management. Not even $6.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) November 12, 2022
Not a perfect first half.
Dropped passes potentially cost us a few points before the break – luckily Eli Drinkwitz held a masterclass in clock management in the closing seconds and only got three.
The Vols lead 28-17 at halftime
— @TorresOnTennessee (@TorresontheVols) November 12, 2022
Has anyone ever been more wedgie-worthy than Eli Drinkwitz?
—Bobby Wallace? (@BobbyWa11ace) November 12, 2022
It’s six million a year for Eli Drinkwitz.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 12, 2022
Eli Drinkwitz with atrocious clock management. With a TO left, calls for a Tennessee 15 spike. Could have called that last TO and had another shot or two in the end zone.
—Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) November 12, 2022
Eli Drinkwitz is truly and remarkably stupid.
— zack stone (@captstone95) November 12, 2022
This extension for Eli Drinkwitz did not include incentives for better clock management
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) November 12, 2022
Eli Drinkwitz’s clock management was just plain bad on this player
— Andrew Peters (@AndrewD_Peters) November 12, 2022
Eli Drinkwitz just pulled out some Miles-level clock management nonsense.
—Austin Eldridge (@AustinonAir1021) November 12, 2022
Eli “White Flag” Drinkwitz
— Ron Davis (@TheRonaldDavis) November 12, 2022
Can the Tigers bounce back in the second half? If they want to close the gap with the Vols, Drinkwitz will need to significantly improve their play calls and clock management.