September 10, 2006

Grading the Tigers vs Ole Miss

Quarterback

Chase Daniel was not as sharp as he was in week one. But he was pretty good. Daniel showed he can be a threat with his legs against a legitimate defense, but his arm is still what will win games for the Tigers. He misfired on quite a few passes, including one first-half series where he badly overthrew receivers on all three plays. But if a somewhat off Daniel can beat Ole Miss by 27 points, Missouri will take it any day of the week. Brandon Coleman hasn't thrown a pass yet, but he's moved the ball in both his appearances with the ground game. Also, good move by Gary Pinkel to get Chase Patton in the ballgame, even if he didn't throw a pass.

Final Grade: B

Running Backs

Tony Temple's final numbers looked good due to a couple of runs in the fourth quarter. But if you take away his two big gainers, Temple had 30 yards on 12 carries. That won't get it done. Marcus Woods looked good before getting hurt and Earl Goldsmith showed a little bit of power. All in all, the tailbacks ran 26 times for 109 yards. It wasn't great, but those are serviceable numbers.

Final Grade: C+

Receivers

Missouri is not going to have a 1,000 yard receiver. Daniel just spreads it around too much for that, which is a good thing. Brad Ekwerekwu had the best game of his career. Martin Rucker had more passes thrown his way than anybody, so you can put to rest the ridiculous rumor that he is unhappy. Jared Perry and Danario Alexander combined for five more catches and the future is bright. One disappointment is that Tommy Saunders has not caught a pass in two weeks. With everybody getting in on the fun, he and Jason Ray have not really been a part of it. There were a few drops as well.

Final Grade: B-

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