August 29, 2012
2012 Tiger Mailbag: 30th Edition
Each Wednesday, PowerMizzou.com publisher Gabe DeArmond will answer questions from subscribers in our Tiger Mailbag. This feature will allow for longer, more in-depth answers than you may get on the message board on a daily basis. To have your question in next week's mailbag, send an email to Gabe at email@example.com. On to this week's inquiries:
ka0grp asks: In the game against SELA what are 3 or 4 keys which you are watching for that might be indicators of how well they will play in future games?
GD: Honestly, I don't really put a whole lot of stock in these games. There is only one key: Win and win easily. If this is a game at any point after halftime, it's cause for concern. In 1992, Missouri was a horrid football team. Marshall was the No. 1 I-AA team in the country. The Tigers beat them by three or four touchdowns. The talent level just isn't in the same area code.
There are times you see something that proves to be a sign for the future, like Henry Josey running wild against Western Illinois last season. But mostly, this is a tune-up, a stay healthy and pad the wins game.
cmlft6 asks: Don't think very much about it, but spitting off the top of your head name the leader in each of these categories and how many they get.
GD: I don't want to get into specific numbers because it would be a complete guess and set me up to look stupid. But here are the guys I'd go with:
Rushing Yards--Kendial Lawrence
Rushing TD's--James Franklin
Receiving Yards--L'Damian Washington
Receiving TD's--Dorial Green-Beckham
pdtiger asks: I see various descriptions of our receiver designations. Will you define what the x, y, z and h receivers are and where they play? How do the position designations change as the formation changes?
GD: The X and Z positions are the outside receivers on either side. I always forget which is which, but they don't change much depending on the play call. The H receiver is the slot on one side, the spot T.J. Moe and Gahn McGaffie play. The Y is the inside spot on the other side. Traditionally it's been the "tight end" spot in this offense, but the fact is that Missouri hasn't had a traditional tight end position since 2004. That is the spot with the most flexibility. Danario Alexander played it a ton in 2009 to get him matched up on a safety or a linebacker. It's the easiest spot to create a mismatch. The outside guys are always going to be covered by a corner. But no defense is going to play four corners very often at all, so one of the inside guys is almost always going to draw a safety or a linebacker. The thought is if you put a tight end there, safeties are too small to cover them. If you go with a receiver, linebackers are too slow. If you have a guy like Dorial Green-Beckham (or Danario), there isn't a guy that can cover them consistently. In some sets, you're going to see a more traditional tight end like Eric Waters there. In a true four wide set, that's where DGB lines up.
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