January 28, 2010

2010 Tiger mailbag: Second 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 protected] On to this week's inquiries:
gmorth asks: What will be Mizzou's starting line-up for the Illinois game in September?

QB: Gabbert
TB: Washington
WR: Kemp, Jackson, Woodland
TE: Jones
OL: Hoch, Meiners, Barnes, Wuebbels, Fisher
DL: Smith, Hamilton, Foster, Smith
LB: Gachkar, Ebner, Gooden
DB: Gettis, Harrison, Simmons, Rutland/Edwards
K: Ressel
P: Matt Grabner

mizzou606 asks: What, in your opinion, does Mizzou need to do to compete with Nebraska for the North?

Ummm, field a team? Don't mean to be flip, but I'm wondering if there is some sarcasm here? Missouri is absolutely competing with Nebraska for the North. Yes, the Huskers will be and should be the favorite. But the Tigers are certainly second. This division is a two-team race for a long time to come in my opinion.

Jay0864 asks: Without a doubt, losing Demarre's inside threat has been the most critical item that CMA has had to deal with. That inside threat just isn't there. Like you said all year, there will be times that it will be ugly when shots don't fall. But does it seem like CMA is still trying to fit pieces of puzzle together or are we just seeing a team battling a severe shooting slump? How do you view the overall team chemistry at this point?

Well, you'd like to think it's just a slump. But Missouri has now shot poorly in six straight games...that's a third of the schedule so far. And it's not just one or two guys. They're ALL shooting poorly. What that tells me is that teams have figured something out defensively. And my hunch is what they've figured out is when the ball goes inside, they don't need to help off the shooters because the Tiger post players just aren't much of a threat to do a lot of damage. As I said in the wake of the Kansas game, I think it might be a good idea for the Tigers to figure out how to win games shooting 38 percent.

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