Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel is one of the best at getting his players to do what he asks of them.
Stec teaches his players to understand that this is their defense, "Not my defense."
Senior linebacker Will Ebner said of Stec who served in the Marine Corps in the mid 70's, "He's got that military background, which you can sense and feel...but, when you're off the field, he's the first one to give you a hug and love you up. When you have a coach like that who you can connect with and you can love off the field, it makes it that much easier to play for him and do what he asks of you on the field.
Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune wrote a great article on Steckel this weekend.
One note that we found interesting, Stec is one of 5 coaches currently on the Mizzou staff that played Center in college. Matter asked Stec how good he was in college, "They'd all be sitting on the bench if we were on the same team together," he joked.
Missouri opens up Saturday with Miami (OH) at home.
Here's a short video of Stec coachin'em up.