Future Mizzou Offense May Look Oddly Familiar
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This is the position at which Gary Pinkel landed two of the most touted recruits in his tenure – Chase Daniel at Chase Patton. Daniel was the 2005 EA Sports National Player of the Year, a year after Patton was ranked the No. 13 quarterback in the nation coming out of Rock Bridge High School here in Columbia.
At the time, Patton was more highly thought of by the recruiting services, a strong-armed, 6-foot-5 blue-chipper regarded as a can't-miss. And while Patton has proven himself to be a wonderfully dedicated team player and a quality back-up, Daniel has been the one who's burst into stardom, despite being smaller in stature and lesser-known among recruiting circles.
It's strange how similar the future could be here personnel-wise. Mizzou has already received a commitment from Blue Springs South junior quarterback Blaine Dalton, and the Tigers are making a strong push for Parkway West senior Blaine Gabbert. Dalton, though, about three inches and 40 pounds smaller than Gabbert (6-foot-5, 230 pounds), has the same sort of star quality Daniel has. Gabbert, meantime, has the measurables and the big press clippings.
The Blaines: Dalton and Gabbert
That's not to say we're projecting one player would do better than the other here, but rather that there are a lot similarities, and Mizzou's staff would be ecstatic to move into the future with these two waiting in the wings. And did we mention they're both named Blaine – just like Chase and Chase? You see where we're going here…
Mizzou's starter here is Tony Temple, an undersized but speedy back who has been productive in his career and is hoping to shake injuries and finish strong. Waiting in the wings is freshman Derrick Washington, who has been impressive this year and could be a star of the future. Now, there's not a lot of similarities between these two, but there's an obvious one between Temple and Mizzou's talented 2008 running back commit: he's Temple's brother, Drew Temple, and he has similar talent.
The Temples: Tony and Drew
So not only would you have two quarterbacks with identical first names and similar profiles to Daniel and Patton, respectively, you'd also have another Temple in the backfield. We know – it's almost eery!
Also, don't forget about current freshman Devion Moore, who is redshirting this season. We don't have a comparison for Moore because he's probably shiftier and quicker than any running back on the roster. Expect to see him breaking off long runs in the future.
This one is a bit more difficult because some of Mizzou's best wideouts have several years of eligibility remaining. That's not to say they'll all necessarily be here four years – especially Jeremy Maclin, who has first-round draft pick written all over him. Of course, we're hoping J-Mac will stick around for four years, but we also aren't going to count on it.
Which brings us to Gahn (pronounced ‘John' McGaffie), MU's verbal commitment from Galena, Tex. McGaffie is not as big as Maclin, but is cut from the same mold in terms of skill set. An explosive and shifty runner, he's extremely elusive with the ball in open space – if you don't believe it, check out the highlight reels in his Scout.com profile. Of course, no one is saying he'll have the game-changing and immediate effect Maclin's had, but the big-play ability is there.
Though he'll play receiver in college, McGaffie is rated the No. 75 cornerback in the nation. Maclin was the No. 70 wide receiver. McGaffie was all but committed to Nebraska early before ending up committing to MU. Maclin committed to Oklahoma, then flirted with Nebraska before choosing Missouri.
Sophomore Danario Alexander, meantime, is another player who should be here a few more years. But the Tigers have two similar players lined up to possibly replace the 6-5, 210-pound big-play receiver in the form of Michael Egnew and Rolandis Woodland. Egnew is a 6-5, 200-pounder who, like Alexander, is an accomplished long jumper from Texas. He could end up at tight end, but there's little question the 6-4-, 205-pound Woodland will be a receiver. Like Alexander, he's a deep-ball specialist.
Danario Alexander and Michael Egnew
This is a fun one to think about. Mizzou has the best tight end duo in the nation in senior Martin Rucker and junior Chase Coffman. Rucker is an athletic an powerful runner who often carries tacklers several yards. Coffman, while big and strong as well, is noted for his precision, route running and vacuum-cleaner hands.
Andrew Jones and Wes Kemp, anyone?
Jones, rated the No. 6 tight end in the nation, possesses a similar skill set to that of Coffman, who was the No. 9 tight end in 2005.
Chase Coffman and Andrew Jones
Kemp, meantime, is a Wisconsin commit who has confirmed he's beginning to look more closely at Mizzou. He's big (6-4, 223), powerful and athletic just like Rucker, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him move inside from wide receiver.
Martin Rucker and Wes Kemp
It remains to be seen if Kemp will indeed switch to Mizzou, but he and Jones could be running around Faurot in a couple of years, making plays like Coffman and Rucker.
So there you have it. Mizzou's offense will not miss a beat without its current players and has already stocked up on clones at each position … In all seriousness, though, the future looks bright, and there are some striking similarities shared by the current and future offensive personnel.
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