One of the most important positions in Gary Pinkel's offense is that of the quarterback. Tiger fans have had the luxury of having Chase Daniel the last three years returning as the starter, this spring and fall that isn't the case.
One true sophomore Blaine Gabbert, one walk-on soon to be scholarship player and two true freshmen that aren't even suppose to be out of high school yet.
InsideMizzou.com caught up with new offensive coordinator, but long time quarterback coach David Yost to get his assistance in breaking down the signal caller position this spring. To take a look at each of their strengths, but to also look at their weaknesses, and to see who has had a great spring so far.
Sophomore Blaine Gabbert: Odds on favorite to be the starter this fall. He has turned in solid performances for most of the spring.
Strengths: Arm strength is off the chart. Great size and measurable are at the top end of the charts. His knowledge of the offense is very high, not completely there yet, but it will be. Does an extremely good job of reading the defense on the snap. He had great feet coming in, but has worked a lot on improving his feet work.
Room for improvement: Needs to stay in his rhythm more. Can improve on processing defenses. The only time he misses a throw is when he gets in a hurry because he wants to get it there quicker.
Weaknesses: Consistency in his footwork and getting a lot more reps against defenses so he recognizes things better.
Jimmy Costello: Has good physical size.
Strengths: Understands the offense very well, puts him in a good position at least 90 percent of the time. Takes what the defense gives him, doesn't attack the defense yet, but that's normal.
Improvement: Needs to work on consistency of footwork, keep his feet in a good rhythm at all times.
Weaknesses: Needs to work on reading defenses quicker.
Blaine Dalton: A tremendous competitor does a great job reacting. Has good escape ability. He has a really nice release.
Weaknesses: Continue to work on all the different throws that will come with a lot of reps. Continue to study the offense and understand defenses better. He is farther ahead where I expected him to be.
Ashton Glaser: He knows the spread offense, if you blitz him he will get rid of the football. Really fast on his footwork.
He is picking up parts of the offense, some parts of the offense he is having a harder time. A learning curve. Expect both freshmen to make huge jumps after the summer. Normally these guys would still be in high school.
Overall Analysis: Gabbert appears to be ahead of Chase Daniel in some ways at this stage of his career. Tiger fans are hoping this is the case.
Yost did clear up the depth chart. Gabbert is the No. 1 QB, followed by Costello, Dalton and Glaser.