Missouri Tigers Football Outlook for 2011
Last season's record: 10-3, 2nd Big 12
Returning starters/letterwinners: (OFFENSE ) 9 Returning starters: Elvis Fisher, Dan Hoch,Austin Wuebbles, Jayson Palmgren, Michael Egnew, T.J. Moe, Jerrell Jackson,Wes Kemp, Devion Moore. (DEFENSE) 7 Returning starters: Jacquies Smith, Dominique Hamilton, Terrell Resonno, Zaviar Gooden, Will Ebner,Kenji Jackson, Kip Edwards.
Key returnees: Brad Madison,Dominique Hamilton, Zaviar Gooden, TJ Moe, Michael Egnew
Best game: Date September 24th, AT Norman, OK VS Oklahoma.
Projected finish: 9-3
Outlook : The Missouri football program has won 40 games over the last 4 years.Despite losing two NFL first round draft picks from last years team, the Missouri Tigers have a chance to be just as good or possibly even better if they stay healthy and certain newcomers live up to their potential.
On offense new QB James Franklin has the goods to be an outstanding college signal caller and will provide more of a dual threat weapon then Blaine Gabbert. He has a veteran offensive line returning along with a strong stable of running backs and reliable receivers such as Michael Egnew and TJ Moe to help make the transition easier.
On defense, the Tiger front seven should be a strength and should be able to provide more depth then last year. The return of DT Dominique Hamilton to help defend the run game is key. DE Jaquies Smith and Brad Madison are on national pre-season watch lists, and Madison returns after leading the Tigers in sacks in 2010, and being the Tigers most productive defensive lineman. Look for newcomer DE Kony Ealy to remind people of former Tiger and 1st round pick Aldon Smith.
The linebackers and defensive backs will be athletic and experienced. Outside linebacker Zaviar Gooden is poised for a breakout year and is one of the fastest players on the team regardless of position. Cornerback E.J. Gaines saw a lot of action last season and could become one of the top corners in the Big 12 this year.
How they perform on the road, especially with key road games at Oklahoma and Texas A&M will be big determining factors as to how far their win total will go in 2011.