The University of Missouri introduced Eliah Drinkwitz as the new head football coach Tuesday morning in Columbia. He called it the “opportunity of a lifetime.”

He says he is excited for the future of the program.

He says he plans for the team to win with class, integrity, and academic excellence.

He says recruiting is the lifeblood of the program.

Drinkwitz promised that the team will be fun to watch.

Wide receiver Barrett Bannister, who was a sophomore this past season, expects the offense to be innovative with Drinkwitz learning from Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Boise State’s Bryan Harsin.

In five years as an offensive coordinator at Boise State and North Carolina State, Drinkwitz has produced five one-thousand-yard rushers, four three-thousand-yard passers and four one-thousand-yard receivers. Athletic Director Jim Sterk was convinced.

Without giving exact numbers, Sterk said Drinkwitz’s six-year contract is competitive with the market. Sterk expects the team will see success before then.

Mizzou opens the season September Fifth at home against Central Arkansas.