July 20, 2007

25 Tigers to watch: #15 the punter

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.

15. Jake Harry/Adam Crossett

Why he's on the list: What is the biggest complaint of a Missouri fan? Usually, it is, why aren't the special teams better? Jeff Wolfert was an absolute revelation in the kicking game, but Missouri still struggled punting and in coverage. In fact, some combination of those two led in large part to Missouri's loss to Oregon State in the Sun Bowl last season. Outside of solidifying the cornerback position, the competition at punter will probably be the most watched in fall camp. Crossett certainly goes in as the starter, but he was the starting placekicker entering camp last year. You do not offer a junior college punter with the expectation that he is going to come in and sit. Harry is here to play. It will be interesting to see if he's good enough.

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