May 2, 2012

2012 Tiger Mailbag: 15th Edition

Each Wednesday, publisher Gabe DeArmond and recruiting editor Pete Scantlebury 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 protected] On to this week's inquiries:
pdhgx2 asks: Two years from now, barring any injuries or transfers who is Mizzou's starting qb? Corbin or Mauk? Starting tailback?

GD: I have absolutely no idea. Because if you'd asked me this question 13 months ago, I'd have said Tyler Gabbert. So much can happen between now and then. Maybe it's Trent Hosick. Maybe it's a guy that hasn't even committed yet. Just way too much guesswork. At tailback, it's really similar, but I'll say Henry Josey has regained the starting job backed up by Morgan Steward.

Cully Bryant asks: It's apparent demand for football season tickets this year is higher than in year's past. Any educated guess regarding average attendance in 2012? How many sell outs?

Cully Bryant asks: If you're an opposing SEC head football coach which side of the fence do you fall on regarding playing Mizzou? (A) Licking your chops at the prospect of taking on a newcomer that possesses arguably less size, speed, depth and athleticism than what you're accustomed to week in and week out in the SEC. or (B)Concerned about coming up with a scheme to defend against the somewhat unusual offense(relative to the rest of the SEC) that Mizzou employs.

GD: Neither. Coaches don't look at it that way, I don't think. They're another team on the schedule. And the attitude of "Mizzou can't compete in the SEC" that is prevalent among fans and some media isn't there with coaches. Coaches know what Gary Pinkel has done the last few years. They don't think Missouri is a pushover by any means, but I also don't think they're scared.

TigerZou asks: Would Mizzou rather want a Pollard commitment or a very solid transfer point guard (i.e. Jordan Clarkson)?

GD: If it were an either/or situation, I don't know which one they'd prefer. I can tell you if Devonta Pollard wants to come to Missouri, they'll take him.

ksitomer3 asks: Mizzou lands Devonta Pollard for next year. Do they become the most talented team in college basketball for next season?

GD: I don't know nearly enough about everyone else's roster to answer that question, but I would assume no. Kentucky has plenty coming in. North Carolina will have a lot of talent, UCLA has an all-world recruiting class. The Tigers would have a lot of talent and could play with anybody. But the most talented team in America? I think that's too strong a statement.

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