Spring football at Mizzou is less than seven days away, already there is a buzz and excitement in the air that Tiger fans haven't seen in a while.
The University of Missouri is coming off back to back 10 win seasons and for the first time in several years will be faced with a spring of change here in Columbia when the team hits the field for the first time next Monday.
Also gone is longtime offensive and defensive coordinators Dave Christensen and Matt Eberflus.
Is Tiger head coach Gary Pinkel approaching this spring differently than any of the others while at the helm of the Mizzou football program?
"Most definitely not," Pinkel told InsideMizzou.com last week in a one on one interview. "We aren't going to approach this spring any differently at all. We aren't thinking about rebuilding. We are just going to continue to do things like we have done since the first day I got here."
Longtime offensive assistant and former quarterback coach David Yost will oversee the offense and from what Pinkel said last week, fans won't see much of a change in either the offensive or defensive philosophies. While there may be new coordinators, it's quite evident it's Pinkel's system.
Many fans may have expected the quarterback, whoever that may be, to see a little more action underneath center, that's apparently not going to happen. According to Pinkel, the Tigers will stay exclusively in the shotgun.
"No we will stick with what's been good for us over the years," Pinkel said. "We have a lot of success with the way we have done things, and we don't plan on changing things because of new coordinators or a new quarterback."
One thing that Pinkel made clear in last week's interview is that the quarterback position is far from decided.
"We may not know who are starter will be until sometime in the fall," Pinkel said. "All three quarterbacks will get an opportunity to win the job. Whoever takes control of the offense and we feel gives us the best chance to win games this fall will be the guy we put under center against Illinois."
Is Pinkel worried about the new changes that his team faces this spring and fall.
"I'm excited about this spring more than I have been in a while," Pinkel said. "We have a lot of young players, but there are a lot of stars in that locker room that haven't shined yet. We have a lot of young talented players, this is going to be a great spring and fall season for us, I can't wait to get started."
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