September 3, 2006

Tiger grade card against Murray State

Quarterback

Chase Daniel threw more touchdown passes than any Missouri quarterback ever has in a game. And it was his first game. And the scary part is, Daniel could have been quite a bit better. He was good, but he was nowhere near his best. He left a couple of passes out there, dropped a snap and hit a lull in the third quarter. But let's not focus on the negative. The kid threw five TD's in his first start. I'll be shocked if he does not own the single-season yardage, touchdown and completion records by the end of this year.

Final Grade: A

Tailback

Tony Temple did exactly what he has done all fall. The best sign was that, for the first time in three years, this team has a clear-cut number one running back. Marcus Woods was very good in his opportunities, averaging better than ten yards per carry. Connell Davis and Earl Goldsmith averaged nine yards per between them. If the Tiger backs run like that consistently, this team will win the Big 12 North, not a doubt about it.

Final Grade: A

Wide Receiver

The good news first: The wideouts are a legitimate threat in the Missouri offense for the first time since 2002. William Franklin had 138 yards receiving and could easily have doubled that. Jared Perry is the real deal. Brad Ekwerekwu caught everything thrown to him. But the Tigers did have some drops. The effort was plenty to beat Murray State, but has to be better next week.

Final Grade: B

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