September 3, 2008

Tigers say offense has to improve

All through the month of August, the Missouri Tigers insisted they welcomed double- and triple-teams on Jeremy Maclin. On Saturday night, the Tigers showed why they felt that way.

"They tried to double me a little bit, in and out, high-low me a little bit, but it just opened the door for other guys," Maclin said. "If that's what it takes to win ballgames, I'm perfectly fine with that."

The sophomore's biggest impact on the opening game was on special teams, where he returned a kickoff for a touchdown and set up another score with a 46-yard punt return. Offensively, he totaled just 34 yards rushing and receiving. But the Tiger offense still scored 38 points in three quarters because the attention given to Maclin opened up other players.

Tommy Saunders caught two touchdown passes. Derrick Washington ran for 130 yards and scored twice. Chase Coffman led the team with 120 yards receiving and Jared Perry chipped in 92 of his own.

"You know with this offense all we're really focused on is just find the open man. Chase does a real good job about that and coach C does a real good job of calling the plays," Saunders said. "You never know who's going to have a big day. They might double team J-Mac or Chase or JP and so whoever is going to have a big day is based on what the defense is giving us."

"Jared Perry has five catches for 92 yards. How did he even have close to a hundred? It didn't seem like that much," Daniel said. "Coffman had 120. It was such a fast paced game that I didn't even notice that until I looked back at the stats. Andrew Jones got even gets in on the action having a catch. Derrick Washington made a catch."

What it all adds up to is an offense that rolled up nearly 600 yards and scored 38 points…and wasn't very happy with how it played.

If the Tigers scored more points than all but one Big 12 team, and gained more yards than any Big 12 team that played a Division One opponent, all while not playing very well, just how good could they be if they put it all together? Scary thought. Especially if you play for Southeast Missouri State.

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