Game Week Team Preview: Missouri Tigers

The Tigers prepare to battle the Aztecs from San Diego State at the Zou this week

On Saturday evening (6:00 P.M., TV PPV) the #25 Missouri Tigers (2-0) play host to the San Diego State Aztecs (2-0). The Tigers are coming off of a 50-6 shellacking of McNeese State, a perennial FCS play-off team. Following a 23-13 second-half comeback win over Illinois in the season opener, Missouri took control of McNeese State early, and never looked back. San Diego State represents a significant upgrade in the quality of opponent over McNeese State, and it appears that the Tigers will have their hands full on Saturday at Faurot Field.

We'll know more about the 2010 Missouri Tigers after this game. This will be a serious test for the Tigers' improved defense. Will the Tigers be able to contain the high-powered San Diego State offense? Will they be able to continue to force turnovers? And, while Missouri should be able to score against SDSU, there's some pressure on Missouri's offense to score early and often against the Aztecs. How will Missouri handle the Aztec blitz packages? And, will Blaine Gabbert continue to build on his early season success?

On Monday, Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel indicated that his team needed to be more efficient on offense, in both the passing game and in running the football.

"We've got a lot to do to improve," said Coach Pinkel. "We're not throwing the ball, or running the ball, as efficiently as we want to do. So, we're working in every area in terms of that. Defensively, we've got to get better against the run. Third downs, we're not as good. We've got a long way to go to be a good football team. And certainly, our focus is on trying to play our best against San Diego State."

Blaine Gabbert set a school record against McNeese State for single game completion percentage (83.9%). The junior QB is off to a good start through two games. Coach Pinkel talked about his starting QB.

"He's really throwing the ball with great accuracy," said Coach Pinkel. "He's really improving every week, and his leadership's been outstanding also."

Through two games, 12 different players have garnered a reception for the Tigers. T.J. Moe leads Missouri, and is tied for 1st in the NCAA, with 23 receptions. Michael Egnew is 9th in the country with 16 receptions. The Tigers' young receiving corps is only going to get better.

"Does anybody have any idea how many balls (T.J. Moe) is going to catch here at Missouri?" asked coach Pinkel, rhetorically. "This is only two football games. He's going to get better, and better, and better................. He will be an impact player."

The Tigers received a big boost from speedster Henry Josey at the TB position last week. The true freshman rushed for 112 yards and scored 3 TDs on only 7 carries. Look for Josey and fellow freshman, Marcus Murphy to continue to make a contribution.

Sophomores Aldon Smith (14) and Zaviar Gooden (12) are Missouri's leading tacklers, followed by a pair of seniors, Jarrell Harrison (10) and Andrew Gachkar (10). RSF Andrew Wilson stepped up last week in his first career start with 7 tackles, in addition to being named the special teams player of the week. Coach Pinkel talked about Wilson.

"I really like this guy," said Coach Pinkel, of Andrew Wilson. "He's a great competitor, a very tough kid. He's very physical. He's also really mentally tough. He can make a mistake, and just let it go, and move on................... I'm very, very pleased with his progress. He's got a great future here."

Coach Pinkel and the Missouri players all talked about how their focus is on just getting better every day, and every week. San Diego State represents a challenge for the Tigers. This will be a test for the Missouri defense, a measuring stick if you will. Offensively, the Tigers can be much better than they've shown so far. As well as Blaine Gabbert has played, he can be a lot better. The Tigers running game has room for improvement, and other receiving threats and playmakers are due to emerge. If McNeese State was a developmental game, San Diego State looms as a revelation game. We can all learn a lot about Missouri this week.

Missouri Combined Team Statistics (as of Sep 11, 2010)

All games

Team Statistics MU OPP

FIRST DOWNS 44 34

Rushing 14 15

Passing 30 13

Penalty 0 6

RUSHING YARDAGE 291 265

Rushing Attempts 59 74

Average Per Rush 4.9 3.6

Average Per Game 145.5 132.5

TDs Rushing 5

PASSING YARDAGE 526 261

Comp-Att-Int 66-87-0 30-54-6 Average Per Pass 6.0 4.8 Average Per Catch 8.0 8.7 Average Per Game 263.0 130.5 TDs Passing 3 2

TOTAL OFFENSE 817 526 Average Per Play 5.6 4.1 Average Per Game 408.5 263.0

KICK RETURNS: #-Yards 6-119 15-306 PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards 6-41 3-7 INT RETURNS: #-Yards 6-67 0-0 FUMBLES-LOST 3-3 5-3 PENALTIES-Yards 15-165 12-115 PUNTS-AVG 8-40.9 8-38.2 TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 29:37 30:23 3RD-DOWN Conversions 13/28 11/27 4TH-DOWN Conversions 0/0 1/3

Rushing gp-gs att gain loss net avg td lg avg/g

Josey, Henry 2 - 0 8 125 3 122 15.2 3 62 61.0

Moore, De'Vion 2 - 0 22 114 4 110 5.0 1 21 55.0

Murphy, Marcus 1 - 0 9 37 4 33 3.7 0 6 33.0

Franklin, James 1 - 0 4 28 0 28 7.0 1 10 28.0

Lawrence, Kendial 1 - 1 7 23 3 20 2.9 0 8 20.0

Culver, Jared 2 - 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0 2 1.0

Davis, Matt 1 - 0 1 0 3 -3 -3.0 0 0 -3.0

Gabbert, Blaine 2 - 2 7 7 28 -21 -3.0 0 7 -10.5

Total 2 59 336 45 291 4.9 5 62 145.5

Opponents 2 74 321 56 265 3.6 0 42 132.5

Passing gp-gs effic comp-att-int pct yds td lg avg/g

Gabbert, Blaine 2 - 2 141.75 60-79-0 75.9 501 3 29 250.5

Franklin, James 1 - 0 101.25 6-8-0 75.0 25 0 9 25.0

Total 2 138.03 66-87-0 75.9 526 3 29 263.0

Opponents 2 86.16 30-54-6 55.6 261 2 30 130.5

Receiving gp-gs no. yds avg td lg avg/g

Moe, T.J. 2 - 2 23 180 7.8 1 26 90.0 Egnew, Michael 2 - 2 16 112 7.0 1 29 56.0 Jackson, Jerrell 2 - 2 7 93 13.3 1 24 46.5 Kemp, Wes 2 - 2 6 61 10.2 0 24 30.5 Washington, L'Damian 2 - 0 5 35 7.0 0 11 17.5 McGaffie, Gahn 2 - 0 2 5 2.5 0 9 2.5 Lawrence, Kendial 1 - 1 2 1 0.5 0 3 1.0 Gerau, Brandon 2 - 0 1 12 12.0 0 12 6.0 Woodland, Rolandis 2 - 0 1 9 9.0 0 9 4.5 Jones, Andrew 2 - 0 1 7 7.0 0 7 3.5 Lucas, Marcus 2 - 0 1 6 6.0 0 6 3.0 Murphy, Marcus 1 - 0 1 5 5.0 0 5 5.0 Total 2 66 526 8.0 3 29 263.0 Opponents 2 30 261 8.7 2 30 130.5

Scoring td fg kick rush rcv pass dxp saf pts

Ressel, Grant - 5-6 8-8 - - - - - 23

Josey, Henry 3 - - - - - - - 18

Jackson, Jerrell 1 - - - - - - - 6

Moe, T.J. 1 - - - - - - - 6

Moore, De'Vion 1 - - - - - - - 6

Franklin, James 1 - - - - - - - 6

Egnew, Michael 1 - - - - - - - 6

Sam, Michael - - - - - - - 1 2

Total 8 5-6 8-8 - - - - 1 73

Opponents 2 2-3 1-2 - - - - - 19

Interceptions no. yds avg td lg

Jackson, Kenji 2 48 24.0 0 32

Gettis, Carl 1 2 2.0 0 2

Gachkar, Andrew 1 2 2.0 0 2

Simmons, Jasper 1 0 0.0 0 0

Rutland, Kevin 1 15 15.0 0 15

Punting no. yds avg lg tb fc i20 50+ blk Grabner, Matt 7 286 40.9 50 0 2 4 1 0 Barrow, Trey 1 41 41.0 41 0 1 1 0 0Punt Returns no. yds avg td lg Gettis, Carl 4 29 7.2 0 15 Sam, Michael 1 8 8.0 0 0 Edwards, Kip 1 4 4.0 0 4 Total 6 41 6.8 0 15 Opponents 3 7 2.3 0 6

Kick Returns no. yds avg td lg Simmons, Jasper 3 60 20.0 0 22 Murphy, Marcus 1 24 24.0 0 24 Gettis, Carl 1 11 11.0 0 11 McGaffie, Gahn 1 24 24.0 0 24 Total 6 119 19.8 0 24 Opponents 15 306 20.4 0 30

Field Goals fg pct. 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 lg blk Ressel, Grant 5-6 83.3 0-0 2-2 3-4 0-0 0-0 34 0 FG Sequence Missouri Opponents Illinois 37,(33),(27),(34) (21),(52) McNeese State (27),(32) 42 Numbers in (parentheses) indicate field goal was made.

Punting no. yds avg lg tb fc i20 50+ blk Grabner, Matt 7 286 40.9 50 0 2 4 1 0 Barrow, Trey 1 41 41.0 41 0 1 1 0 0 Total 8 327 40.9 50 0 3 5 1 0 Opponents 8 306 38.2 52 0 1 0 2 1

Kickoffs no. yds avg tb ob retn net ydln Barrow, Trey 15 971 64.7 0 0 Total 15 971 64.7 0 0 20.4 44.3 25 Opponents 6 378 63.0 0 0 19.8 43.2 26

Missouri Overall Defensive Statistics (as of Sep 11, 2010) All games

Tackles Sacks Pass defense Fumbles blkd ## Defensive Leaders gp-gs ua a tot tfl/yds no-yds int-yds brup qbh rcv-yds ff kick saf 8S Smith, Aldon 2-2 7 7 14 3.0-12 2.0-9 . . 1 . . . . 25 Gooden, Zaviar 2-2 6 6 12 1.0-3 . . . . 1-0 . . . 6 Gachkar, Andrew 2-2 8 2 10 1.0-1 . 1-2 3 . 1-0 1 . . 1H Harrison, Jarrell 2-1 7 3 10 . . . . . . . . . 33 Lambert, Luke 1-1 4 4 8 0.5-2 . . . 1 . . . . 48 Wilson, Andrew 2-1 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . . 19 Gettis, Carl 2-2 7 1 8 . . 1-2 . . . . . . 3G Gettys, Jeff 2-0 2 5 7 0.5-1 . . . . . . . . 5S Sam, Michael 2-0 2 4 6 1.5-6 1.0-6 . . 1 . 1 1 1 13 Jackson, Kenji 2-2 5 1 6 0.5-2 . 2-48 . . . . . . 9S Simmons, Jasper 1-1 2 3 5 0.5-1 . 1-0 . . . . . . 90 Hamilton, Dominique 2-2 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . 57 Madison, Brad 2-0 5 . 5 3.0-11 1.0-6 . 1 . 1-0 1 . . 3S Smith, Jacquies 2-2 3 1 4 . . . 1 . . . . . 31 Gaines, E.J. 2-0 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . 1E Edwards, Kip 2-0 4 . 4 2.0-4 . . . . . . . . 93 Resonno, Terrell 2-2 . 4 4 0.5-0 . . . . . . . . 14 Clark, Jaleel 2-0 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . 20 Rutland, Kevin 2-2 3 . 3 . . 1-15 1 . . . . . 5T Tatum, Josh 1-0 2 1 3 1.0-1 . . . . . . . . 18 Malbrough, Marcus 2-0 . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . 58 Donaldson, Brendan 1-0 2 . 2 1.0-9 1.0-9 . . . . . . . 38 Culver, Jared 2-0 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . 10 Bolden, Tavon 2-0 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . 2H Hobson, Trey 2-0 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . 2S Steeples, Robert 2-0 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . 17 White, Matt 2-0 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . 91 Burge, Jimmy 2-0 . 1 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Total 2 87 58 145 16-53 5-30 6-67 7 3 3-0 3 1 1 Opponents 2 84 84 168 14-57 2-25 . 5 3 3-0 2 .


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