Let me know if that link doesn't work
He's got to be more accurate, lead more scoring drives and win games against higher-caliber defenses. Fortunately for him and Mizzou, they don't play any really loaded defenses this year, though Auburn and Florida and possibly Georgia should offer strong tests. He's never going to be a 70-percent quarterback because the nature of Mizzou's offense. When you throw as many deep ball as they do you're going to have some incompletions. But in the 63-65 percent range is doable. He was really good Saturday. He can be better. He had a couple instances where he had three or four straight incompletions. On 34 attempts, his targets only dropped two passes.
I think he could have a big decision to make if he has a really strong season. Right now, Jack Lowary is the top backup - or at least he's the guy who came in for mop-up duty last week. Micah Wilson (redshirt freshman) and Taylor Powell (freshman) would compete for the job next year, along with incoming freshman James Foster, as long as he stays true to his commitment.
Possibly 200 yards rushing, but I doubt it. South Carolina isn't a great defensive team, but they've got some very good linebackers. I can't see them yielding a 200-yard rusher. I'm not convinced Mizzou's offense will be on the field long enough to produce big numbers. The Gamecocks will try to be methodical and play keepaway. Mizzou's defense might have to produce turnovers to get off the field and give the ball back to Lock.
Beisel didn't start last week and appeared to play fewer snaps than Cale Garrett, the team's starting middle linebacker. They'll continue to rotate the linebackers until consistent playmakers emerge.
I don't have much faith in a defense if it can't get up for the first game of the year. All the work the players put in since January, all the practices, workouts and scrimmages and they decide they can breeze through the first game when you only get 12? That's just poor. You didn't see the offense approach Saturday's game like that. They were dialed in and focused from the opening play. Maybe it was a wake-up call. Or maybe it's a collection of players who just aren't good enough to translate what they do in practice to the games. It's one thing to make mistakes. It's another thing to let an FCS running back outrun three defenders to the end zone for 75 yards. The defense looked slow and unathletic.
I was surprised. Missouri should dominate an average to below-average FCS team, like it almost always does. I thought the front four played OK. Rashad Brandon had the snap count figured out and had no trouble getting penetration. Beckner made a few stops and pushed the pocket on a handful of plays. The ends didn't seem to win their matchups very often. The back seven was disappointing outside of Cheadle, who locked up his side of the field and had an INT.
They rotated a lot along the D-line. He got some pressure inside and pushed the pocket on a few snaps. I noticed him several times affect the play. He flushed the QB out of the pocket on the interception. OK performance for a guy coming off major knee surgery.
Maybe, but Witter will continue to get his share of carries. He's an important part to the offense.
Maybe, but J'Mon Moore is clearly the starter at that outside position and had one of the best games of his career. If you want to see more Collins that means less of Moore. Moore is an elite SEC receiver. Collins had a couple nice plays, but Moore will get the bulk of the snaps there.
That's not Mizzou's offensive identity. They want to play fast and believe that's how they're at their best. I expect more of the same.
I don't think there's a scheme problem. Players were in position to make plays. They missed wide-open tackles. When a safety, corner and linebacker all rush to cover one outside receiver and everyone leaves the slot receiver uncovered, that's clearly a blown assignment. When a D-end takes himself out of his gap trying a spin move on a running play and the running back goes right by him for 75 yards, that's not scheme. That's a player trying to do too much and not doing his job.
South Carolina doesn't have a very good defense. Two very good linebackers, some good size up front but not much established talent. Secondary is OK but nothing special. They just gave up 500 yards to a decent NC State team but forced a couple turnovers. Offensively, QB Jake Bentley is really talented and poised. WR Deebo Samuel is one of the best playmakers in the league. Instant offense when he touches the ball. RB Rico Dowdle had a good game against Mizzou last year but wasn't much of a factor in their opener last week.
I haven't watched that yet, but Josh definitely knows what he's doing. Great hire for Odom. He'll get a head coaching opportunity somewhere, maybe in 2018.
I shared some thoughts on the defense earlier. I still think there's enough talent there to have an adequate defense, but they have to cut out the elementary mistakes. They need players on the field who want to play physical but also understand they have a job on every play and can't attempt to do three players' job. Hall played with good energy. He just has to be more focused. Prewett didn't do much of anything to catch my eye. Garrett can become an effective middle backer but he's limited in speed and athleticism. I think Perkins can help the back end. He's a natural tackler and isn't afraid to hit someone.
You can't miss PATs in college football. You just can't. Sure, it was a good sign that he recovered and made the rest of his kicks, but you just can't have a guy who isn't automatic on PATs. He's now missed five in his career. In the Pinkel years, Mizzou used to go years without missing more than one or two. The kickoffs were a big problem, too. Especially with a defense that can't tackle. Missouri can't afford the poor field position you get with an out of bounds kick. McCann was really good at kickoffs last year. One of the best in the country. He can't put two out of bounds. This week he's going to have to be really careful where he places his kickoffs with Samuel back there returning.
I agree. Also, when you're out of position you can be faster than your opponent but your speed works against you because you're in the wrong place at the wrong time to catch up. I'd be tempted to play more conservatively on the back end, ease up on the press coverage and blitz less often and force defenses to dink and dunk. For years fans wanted Mizzou to play tight coverage and challenge defenses with more aggressive calls, but that's a double-edge sword when you miss a tackle or play the wrong gap. Then your opponent is off to the races. I'd force teams to mount long drives and complete short passes consistently, then bring the heat on third down. It's not the most courageous philosophy but I'm not sure this team is equipped to play the way Odom wants to play.
The offensive coaches aren't throwing balloon parties after dominating Missouri State. If you give them some truth serum they're probably annoyed that they had to leave the starters on the field in the fourth quarter. Here's what receivers coach Andy Hill said about his players' performance. "You’re only as good as the next game. You have to show up. They did it in game one. Now they have to do it game two." That's the appropriate/healthy response after that game.
Don't get caught up with the titles. Cross is the coordinator and has some coordinator duties, but Odom calls the plays. Odom named Walters his co-coordinator because promotions warrant pay raises - and he wants to keep Walters on staff as long as he can. The defense is Odom's, though the staff works together on game plans, depth decisions, etc.