October 14, 2010
2010 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:
Mizzou Adam asks: What is the status on our 3 prize freshmen WRs? Considering what we returned at the position, how much we pass, and how highly regarded Lucas, Hunt, and Sasser were I would have thought that at least one of them would have started entering the discussion a little bit at WR by now.
Well, Hunt would have played, but the injury just set him too far back in fall camp. I think it came down to an either/or with Sasser and Lucas and the staff chose to play Lucas. Honestly, he hasn't done much this year. Perhaps it's a situation like T.J. Moe or Wes Kemp where they're not targeting this season for him to be a major contributor, but next year. Still, both of those guys had been a little more involved than Lucas has so far. I'm a little surprised as well because the Tiger passing game hasn't lit it up. But now that we're into the meat of the Big 12 schedule, I don't think you can really anticipate a big contribution from Lucas. If it was going to happen, it would have happened to some extent in the soft part of the schedule. And on the decisions to redshirt, remember that the receiving corps loses no one after this season, so perhaps the thought is to get a bonus year on the back end of the careers of Sasser and Hunt.
WestMoTiger asks: Do you believe that Mizzou would be better prepared for this week's A&M game and the rest of the Big XII season had we played a more competitive non-con schedule or is it your opinion that this is a overrated myth in college football?
I go with overrated myth. Pinkel has said over and over, it's not about the other team. The best teams in the country play to their ability every week, no matter who lines up opposite them. I don't think the players are going to go into this game and suddenly figure out in the third quarter that A&M is a better team than Miami of Ohio. The Tigers will have to come out and play well from the start in at least their next four games. If they don't, they'll lose. But that would be true whether they played the schedule they did or whether they had faced Alabama, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Oregon in the non-con. The only difference is that the Tigers are unbeaten with the schedule they've played and would probably be 1-and-3 with the other one. I also think there's something to be said for building a team's confidence a little bit early on.
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