A big question mark for the Missouri Tigers football season coming into spring practice was the performance of the plethora of young receivers on the team.
If the Tigers want to have a potent offense like they had in recent years, they will need young players like sophomore wide receiver Jerrell Jackson to step up this season. Jackson seems up to the challenge.
"I feel like I've got a lot of pretty good plays coming into spring because of my plays I made during the year [last year]," Jackson told InsideMizzou. "I had a lot of experience last season."
Jackson has been running with the first team this spring due to the injuries of Jared Perry and Danario Alexander and he is making sure to take advantage of the time with the first string to impress the coaches. Jackson believes that he has had a solid couple of practices, but knows there is room for improvement.
"When we are out here we can get better," said Jackson. "I feel I can do a lot better because I had a few plays I should have done better on."
Although Jackson saw limited time last season (9 catches for 98 yards on the season), he believes the time he spent working with Jeremy Maclin and Tommy Saunders will prove to be very valuable going into this season.
"It's going to help me on my work ethic because when they are on the field they go 110% to try to beat the guy across from them," Jackson said of his graduated teammates. "That's my mindset, I'm trying to beat the guy across from me and to do that I have to go 110%."
Along with Jackson, young receivers Wes Kemp and Brandon Gerau have been seeing time on the field with the first offense this spring. Although the offense is quite young, their ability to make great plays is noticeable.
When asked about his goals for this season, Jackson's confidence of his team's offensive ability was apparent.
"Go back to the Big XII Championship."
Losing top performers like Maclin, Saunders and Chase Coffman is no doubt going to hurt the Tigers' offense, but these young players are certainly capable of putting up some good numbers for Mizzou this season.