While a lot of attention is being paid to the battle for the starting quarterback position at the University of Missouri, the wide receiver position is another area of concern with the departure of Jeremy Maclin.
Gary Pinkel has stated several times already this spring that there are unknown stars in the making in the locker room that no one knows about, this spring is expected to expose a few of those stars in the making.
First year offensive coordinator, but longtime offensive assistant David Yost isn't overly concern, but impressed with what he has seen so far from some of the younger wide outs this spring.
"We may be young but we are very talented at the wide out position," Yost told InsideMizzou.com Thursday. "In our offensive system our second and third string guys get as many reps in a practice as Maclin did last fall. We knew what Maclin could do, so we didn't force a lot of reps on him. This has allowed the other guys to grow and mature a lot over the last year."
Thursday marked the first day that the team went 11 on 11 giving Yost an opportunity to see his offense go against the defense.
"We got a good look in 11-on-11 today, I'm looking forward to studying the film tonight," Yost said. "Once we get into pads Saturday it will give us a better look at things overall."
Dan Hoch is looking very physical in practice. According to Coach Yost, Hoch will be the first freshman to start under Pinkel since Yost has been on the veteran's coaches staff. "Dan is extremely talented," Yost told us. "I'm looking forward to watching him in pads Saturday. He has matured and is very talented. He will do a great job for us." InsideMizzou.com will bring you a special video interview with Hock which will give you a recruiting update on his little brother Matt.
With the absence of Derrick Washington at tailback in the first two practices, red shirt sophomore De'Vion Moore has been very impressive. Gibert Moye is also getting reps at the tailback position.
At Quarterback, sophomore Blaine Gabbert has shown not only command of the offense, but a confidence and leadership quality that he has exhibited the last two practices.
Jimmy Costello, is currently listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart. According to Yost he has a great understanding of the offense and is the type of QB that wouldn't get you beat as the No. 2 guy. Fundamentally sound and appears to be helping the younger guys learn in the process. I'm not sure he will last at the No. 2 spot throughout the spring and especially not during the fall.
Blaine Dalton and Ashton Glaser will not get to speak to the media until later in the spring, if then. They are probably a little overwhelmed with learning everything, much less having to deal with the media and a lot of interviews.
According to Yost the three wide receivers that have stepped up in the absence of Danario Alexander and Jared Perry (both who will miss the entire spring recovering from injuries) are Jerrell Jackson, Wes Kemp and Rolandis Woodland. All three have looked exceptional in practices and have all three showed off their athletic ability.
"Anytime your best two receivers are out is usually a bad thing," Yost said. "For us this spring, it's an opportunity to get the younger guys a lot of action. We know what those two can do. It's a big advantage for the rest of the team."