I'd be more concerned about defensive end. You can be average at safety and have a good defense if you can consistently rush the passer with your front four. Even great safeties will get beat if you give quarterbacks all day to throw.
You can rush the passer from the interior, so I wouldn't give up on the rush from the front four. Also, this isn't a bad cornerback tandem. Sparks impressed me last year. Acy has the physical tools. Holmes is making a push for a starting job. Petry might be able to hold his own. I think the corners might be sneaky good.
I don't think the staff is sold on Scales. They needed another body when Christopherson was out - and I'm not sure they're convinced he's the No. 3 guy. They need another body to consider at tight end - and clearly they don't think Parker will help them immediately at defensive end. I give them credit for thinking outside the box.
He didn't show an ounce of remorse last night, so I wouldn't expect him to resign. I wouldn't be surprised if he's convinced Ms. Smith is lying and the media are touting fake news.
If he's not good enough to throw the ball for Alabama, is he good enough to throw the ball for Missouri? I mean, if you're not sold on the quarterbacks on the roster, then sure, you make the call. Would Saban try blocking another grad transfer? It creates bad PR every time he tries.
If this team can't get up to play Purdue after getting throttled by the Boilers by 32 points last year then they shouldn't be playing organized football, much less college football. I would be shocked if this team looks past Purdue - not after last year.
Or maybe he'll be great. Without a track record there's really no way to know. This much I know: Nick Saban hired him - twice. He's spent a lot of time around a lot of good coaches. Surely he absorbed a lot of knowledge to be able to coach this offense, with this much talent and experience.
Sure, but that's a big IF. Have to win at Purdue before you can think about going 4-0. That matchup didn't go so well last time.
Well, Meyer will miss TCU in week three - in Dallas. Buckeyes very well could lose that game, with or without Urban.
I don't think there's an expectation that he's a contributor on game days. He's a walk-on. Most of the time they're brought on to help with practice.
To the naked eye, not a lot. Structurally it will look very much the same. Shotgun almost all the time other than short-yardage situations. They'll go three receivers wide and a tight end. Sometimes two tight ends. Sometimes a tight end on his feet in the slot. The route trees are different for the receivers. The QB's progressions and reads are different. Blocking schemes have changed some. The QB and O-line calls pre-snap are different. But most of those changes go unseen from the stands.
I would not expect Mizzou to keep the passing game stored away the first three weeks of the season. You don't hide your strength when you have Lock, Hall, Okwuegbunam, etc. Is this offensive line good enough to load up and run the ball 50 times a game with rarely throwing a pass? On the road at Purdue? No, don't think so. Lock will sling it around to start the year. Yes, the defense has to play well from the start. They didn't lsat year and it led to a coaching change two weeks into the season.
He's sharing the load with Rountree. Rountree might even get more touches. I'd be surprised if either guy is an All-SEC pick, only because the strength of the position is that there's two of them who are both really good. The hot hand will get the ball for the bulk of the second-half carries. It's a long season and this team plans to play relevant games in November. A timeshare is probably best for the team. Both backs seem to know that.
Mizzou is offering tons of kids. It's not a shortage of offers, especially in state. I can't tell you why more kids aren't pulling the trigger. I imagine they want to see how this staff handles the beginning of the year.
Missouri is in play for several STL recruits. OL Ira Henry, LB Shammond Cooper, WR CJ Boone, DE Arvell Ferguson, DB Jalani Williams. I'd be surprised if Mizzou gets shut out from that group.
Why are we still talking about recruiting rankings when the season is about to kick off? This team is what it is at this point. The recruiting rankings are meaningless once the games kick off. Yes, it's fair to say Missouri hasn't recruited glitzy classes. But I'm sure other teams in the SEC would love to have an Albert Okwuegbunam or a Larry Rountree or a Cale Garrett.
Because they see more use for him at tight end than D-end based on who's played well in camp.