October 25, 2011

Media Day Notebook

It would be easy for Missouri to look at the Texas A&M game as a chance to get a beleaguered passing game healthy. After all, the Aggies are giving up 335.4 passing yards per game. That is the worst mark not only in the Big 12, but 120th and dead last in the entire country. A&M is one of three teams surrendering more than 300 yards a game through the air and is 17 yards worse than the next most porous pass defense.

But Missouri's offense isn't necessarily frothing at the mouth to fling the ball around against A&M…at least not any more than any other week.

"I think every game is a chance," said T.J. Moe, Missouri's leading receiver. "So far this year, you don't know what you're going to get from us. You know, 300 yards one game and then 128 the next game. It's really up and down. We've just got to get consistent."

Last week was certainly one of the valleys on the roller coaster. The Tigers threw for 215 yards against Oklahoma State, but much of that yardage came after Mizzou was down two touchdowns or more and James Franklin was intercepted three times.

"After watching film, I actually feel like I did worse than I thought I did," Franklin said. "Just with my footwork and I missed so many throws and performed badly."

The turnovers-Franklin had a fumble in addition to three picks-were clearly the biggest issue for the Tigers' sophomore quarterback.

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