July 18, 2007

25 Tigers to watch: #17 still unknown

The Missouri Tigers open camp on August 4th, which is now just 25 days away. Over the next 25 days, PowerMizzou.com is counting down the 25 players on the roster who will be most influential in determining just how good the Tigers are this season. To be clear, this is not a list of the 25 best players on the roster. It is not a list of the players that will have the biggest seasons or put up the best numbers. In reverse order, we are counting down the 25 players who we think could have the most influence on the outcome of the 12 games on Missouri's 2007 schedule.

17. Marcus Woods/Earl Goldsmith/Jimmy Jackson

Why he's on the list: Well, they are on the list because, in this offense, there is absolutely no way Temple can take every snap. It just does not happen. In addition, even the starter has battled fumble issues the last couple of years. It seems if he stays healthy that Temple should certainly start every Missouri game this season, but there were times last year where the fumbles put Temple on the bench. Mizzou absolutely has to find out how good the backups are if Temple is out of the lineup for any reason. Woods has the most experience and, in our estimation, is the odds-on favorite to win the job. However, each of the three offers something different and all will probably see action. The wildcard in this situation is the presence of incoming freshmen Devion Moore and Derrick Washington, who many expect to push for immediate playing time. Temple has to have help. The only question is where it will come from.

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