The Missouri Tigers open camp on August 4th, which is now just 13 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.
13. Darnell Terrell
The vitals: Darnell Terrell will start at cornerback and will be an anchor of the Missouri secondary next season. He enters his second year as a full-time starter, but his third season as a big-time contributor.
Career so far: Terrell was named honorable mention all-Big 12 and the team's cornerback of the year in 2006. He started all 13 games last season, made 70 tackles and broke up a team-leading nine passes. In two years, Terrell has 83 tackles and three interceptions, including the one that iced the 2005 Independence Bowl win.
Why he's on the list: Because he is the one guy who you know exactly what you will get in the Missouri secondary. Terrell is an all-Big 12 caliber defender at a position where Missouri does not have anyone else who is close right now. Teams will likely not throw his way that much, particularly early in the year, so he isn't likely to put up huge stats. But the Tigers, considering the question marks on the other side, need Terrell to be a corner that flat out takes away one half of the field from opposing quarterbacks. If he is not up to par and opposing teams can pick on him, there are going to be a whole lot of shootouts in Columbia this season.
The rest of the list so far: