June 23, 2008

Answers to the questions at quarterback

Since it became known last week that Dominic Grooms is not currently working out with Missouri, the major question has been what happens at the quarterback position in Columbia. This is actually a two part question and PowerMizzou.com takes an insider's look at both parts in this story.

Does this mean Blaine Gabbert will see the field as a true freshman?

The short answer is, in our opinion, probably not. Prior to Grooms' departure, it was nearly a foregone conclusion that Gabbert, the top pro-style quarterback in the country last year, would sit out and redshirt this year. With Grooms, at least for now, out of the picture, many fans have wondered if the process must be sped up to get Gabbert some on-field in-game experience.

In answering this question, you first have to answer another: What has really changed?

The answer: Not much. Does Missouri now alter its recruiting strategy at the quarterback position?

Again, the short answer is probably not. The Tigers, by our educated estimation, have always been planning to take two quarterbacks in this class. They landed their first choice in Dalton and have been pursuing various other targets as the class's second quarterback. The top name at this point is most definitely Nathan Scheelhaase, particularly after Jacob Karam committed to Texas Tech.

When Daniel and Patton leave after this year--again, assuming we have seen the last of Grooms--that will leave Gabbert and Dalton as the only two quarterbacks either currently on the roster or committed. We are assuming the Tigers will add another at some point between now and February.

That means Mizzou goes into the 2009 season with three scholarship quarterbacks and walk-on Jimmy Costello at the least. Is it the ideal number? Probably not, but it should certainly be enough.

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