June 26, 2008
2008 Tiger Mailbag: 22nd edition
Each Thursday, 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:
Mizzfanatic12 asks: If I had to guess, I would say Oklahoma may be our biggest competition for Wingo at this point. Would you agree?
I would agree. All along, I've said Missouri or Illinois. The Illini just don't seem to be a part of the equation anymore. Wingo really liked the Oklahoma visit, no doubt about it. But there are a lot of factors working in Missouri's favor as well. I'd say it's Tigers and Sooners at the top. If he takes some more visits, look for Arkansas and Kansas to get them, but I don't think there is a significant chance he ends up either of those places.
sm31359 asks: Out of the 70 or so that are working out this summer, I believe that includes some walk ons, with the 2 freshman that are not there yet that leaves several scollies that are not working out or in town. Is there a list of who's where? Also do you see any other walk offs in the near future, I know we always lose a few for a variety of reasons, but anyone on radar before 2 a days start?
I think Missouri is right around 79 or 80 scholarship players (haven't done the exact count lately). I will do it prior to the start of fall camp. If a kid's on campus now working out, chances are he's going to make it through this season. The defections generally happen prior to reporting back for summer camp. Now, can there be exceptions, sure. But this is why we've been forecasting a full class of 25 guys. Missouri has some wiggle room.
MickeyMizzou asks: Who will be the third QB if Grooms does not come back? Will Gabbert burn the redshirt?
It's now official Grooms will not be back. I think it means Gabbert is the third-stringer. I do NOT think that means he will play. When was the last time a third-string quarterback played meaningful snaps for Mizzou? I can't think of one. You don't burn a redshirt for handoffs and meaningless snaps. If you want to play a third QB, at that point, you put Jimmy Costello in there. Save the year for Gabbert barring at least one, and maybe two, injuries.
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