The Missouri football program ended its 2017 campaign with a blowout loss to former Big 12 foe Texas in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl on Wednesday night.
One Tigers player, defensive end Marcell Frazier, didn’t hold back his frustration after the game.
When speaking to the media, Frazier blasted former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and said that he deserves some blame for the loss after leaving Mizzou for the UCF job.
“Realistically, Heupel left us in a bad position, and Elarbee (who was recruited to Central Florida by Heupel) left us in a bad position,” Frazier said, via ESPN. “As men they have to look in the mirror. They let a whole bunch of teenage boys down, 18- and 19-year-olds. They left and they have to do what’s best for their family, but I think it showed up a little bit today. We were doing things (on offense) we haven’t done since maybe the Auburn game. It showed up.
“We practiced for almost a whole month without an offensive coordinator or an O-line coach after having one of the most dominating offenses in the nation. It’s tough. I believe they let some guys down. They had to do what’s best for them. I don’t quite understand it.”
With Heupel, Missouri had one of the top offenses in the SEC. However, they failed to get rolling with star quarterback Drew Lock against a lackluster Longhorns defense.
While it may sound like sour grapes from Frazier, it’s hard to deny the offense was not the same and Heupel’s departure surely had something to do with that.