Spring Ball 2010 Watch List

Our list of what to watch for as the Tigers start spring football practices today


The Missouri Tigers begin the spring practice for the 2010 season today at 3:30pm. There will be 15 practices between now and the April 17th Black and Gold game held at Farout Field.

Here are a list of things that we at ShowMeMizzou.com feel will be high on the list of things to watch for coming out of this years spring football.

10. Blaine Gabbert's Health
- We all saw how important having a healthy Blaine Gabbert was during the 2009 season. Making sure that he stays injury free during the spring is of the utmost importance.

9. Eric Waters
Waters is flying a bit under the radar being a mid-year transfer. The lack of depth at TE provides him an opportunity to step up and make a name for himself or at least show his athletic ability we have heard about.

8. Cornerback Battle
- Kip Edwards came on strong late last year and should push starter Carl Gettis this spring.

7. Who Replaces Spoon?
- Not that you can easily replace the future 1st round NFL draft pick. However,  linebacker seems to be a position of strength for the Tigers. Gachkar and Gooden are returning outside backers. Josh Tatum appears healthy and ready to contribute. And RS freshman Donovan Bonner appears ready to possibly be in the mix.

6. Defensive Tackle
- This would probably be higher on the list, but the numbers do not appear to be there with Marvin Foster being injured. Foster was going to be a player we really watched closely as someone who could help the team. Now we hope one of the returning back-ups can emerge and help out Hamilton and Resonno.

5. Random Red-Shirt Standouts
- Who among the red-shirt freshman will step out of the shadows and look like they can make the 2-deep? Several names come to mind, especially from the receivers, which could use one or two to emerge.

4. Wide Receiver
- The Tigers have been lucky to have NFL caliber Receivers and Tight Ends the past few years. This year, they will need some new players to step up and make themselves the go to guys in passing situations. Jerrell Jackson seems to be the next one that big things are expected from. Wes Kemp, Rolandis Woodland and Michael Egnew are other returnees who have seen the field and are expected to step up. Newcomers L'Damien Washington, TJ Moe, Kerwin Stricker and Jaleel Clark all have the talent to move up in the rotation.

3. Offensive Line
-With Elvis Fisher injured and out for the spring, Jack Meiners at LT will be important to watch. Also the competition at OG and Center. Justin Britt looks like he has a good opportunity to move into the two-deep or better.

2. The Battle For Number Two
The much anticipated battle to be Blaine Gabbert's back-up will focus a lot of the two incoming freshman QB's, James Franklin and Tyler Gabbert. Both very talented and competitive guys. However, RS frosh QB Ashton Glaser appears ready to battle those two along with Jimmy Costello for #2. All eyes will be on the freshman QB's from start to finish.

1A. Changes  in The Running Game
- A lot of speculation  during the offseason about changes in the running game. Will there be more two back sets? QB under center? A traditional TE used for running plays? All things that will be closely watched this spring.

1. Defensive Changes
- Especially after the bowl loss. Fans want to see what changes will be made to improve the Tiger defense for 2010. Word is that the staff went to Arizona to study some defensive schemes and possible changes. What kind of changes can we expect to improve the pass coverage?

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