January 10, 2007

Eye on the future: 2007 offense

The final college football game is in the books. On Tuesday, Rivals.com took its look forward to the 2007 college football season. Today, PowerMizzou.com glances into the Tigers' crystal ball.

Now, we're not going to start predicting wins and losses just yet. We'll save that for August, when it will still be way too early. But today, we take a look at what the two-deep may look like when the Tigers break camp to take on Illinois next fall.

color=#FFFFFF> Tiger Offense
Most Competitive Position
Bringing eight starters back, there might not be many spots open. However, the best competition looks to be at wideout. With two of the three starters back, Jared Perry seems ready to step into the starting lineup. But Danario Alexander showed some serious flashes and Jeremy Maclin has big things in his future. All will play, but there is going to be a major competition for Missouri's leading receivers next year.

The Starter: Chase Daniel

The Backup: Chase Patton

The Analysis: Well, at least last year people pretended there was a race for the starting QB job. Probably won't be any such pretense this year. However, Patton could have a battle on his hands to hold off freshmen J.P. Tillman and Dominic Grooms for the backup role. Fans have been waiting to see the former four-star deliver on the promise. He won't start, barring injury, but he may finally take some meaningful snaps next season.


The Starter: Tony Temple

The Backup: Earl Goldsmith

The Analysis: Just like at quarterback, not much suspense as far as the starter here. Temple has the job locked up. The returning players will get first shot at the backup role, which means Marcus Woods, Jimmy Jackson and Connell Davis all get a shot. But Goldsmith showed us the most when he got on the field. In all honesty, we see a position switch for Davis; it just doesn't seem like he'll ever see the field at tailback at this rate. If it was going to happen, why not this year, when Missouri was searching for an option, any option, behind Temple? It would not be a surprise at all to see one of the three incoming freshmen get some playing time next year. Our bet is on Derrick Washington because of his return ability and his versatility.

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