August 16, 2010

Like father, unlike son: Week one impressions

The last time you saw Derrick Washington look this good was...

Gabe: Never. The spring game was a positive sign, but he's backed it up with a great camp so far. Washington looks better than he has at any point in his Tiger career. Now Missouri needs to commit to letting him show it on Saturdays.

Mike: Well, from the start you've accused me of having a man crush on Derrick Washington. But this camp reminds me of the first camp. And like you, I hope Dave Yost calls his number more than he ever has. A good running game can only help the passing game.

Outside of Washington, what would you consider a strength after ten practices and a scrimmage?

Gabe: Defensive end. We knew it was deep, but the emergence of Michael Sam and Brad Madison has made it deeper than we knew. And I realize that Sam wasn't playing the first team offense all the time, but he did beat Elvis Fisher once and five sacks is five sacks. If you want to call me reactionary for being impressed with that, go right ahead.

Mike: I'm probably going to turn out to be wrong, but I am kind of buying into the notion that Missouri's corners are going to guard receivers better and to hit those receivers harder this season. After that, Michael Sam and Brad Madison have caught my eye as well.

On the flip side, what would you consider a weakness?

Gabe: To this point, wide receiver. Of the three starters coming into camp, one is injured and the other two combined to catch one pass for nine yards in the scrimmage. Right now, we don't know much about what Missouri has there in my opinion.

Mike: I haven't seen anything on the interior of the defensive line to make me think that people won't be able to run for big yards on the Tigers. Perhaps MU has a couple of interior guys, but I don't see any depth there.

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