April 20, 2013

Black and Gold Notebook

Most of the 18,384 fans who showed up at Saturday's Black and Gold game had the same curiosity: What, if anything, had changed about Mizzou's offense?

David Yost left the program after last season and Josh Henson was hired as his replacement as the Tigers' offensive coordinator. Saturday was the fans' first look at the Missouri attack under Henson. The new OC offered his own analysis after the scrimmage.

"It's consistency of execution. We've got to continue to execute better," Henson said. "Only way I know to do that is just to rep it, rep it, rep it, rep it and demand it. We'll get there and get it done. Overall, I'm pleased with the spring. I was just disappointed today. I just didn't feel like our attention and focus to detail was where it needed to be."

All told, Missouri ran for 157 yards on 39 carries and threw for 300 on 61 pass attempts (with just 31 completions). But numbers hardly tell the story of a scrimmage distributing 100 plays among an entire roster.

The empty backfield sets of a year ago were almost entirely absent. While there were no under-center, I-formation plays and the Tigers were still in the four-wide spread attack at the one-yard line, Henson was asked about a running game that appeared to be more quick-hitting than in the past.

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