September 27, 2006

Life after Brad Smith

Fans outside of Columbia may not realize it quite yet, but the Missouri offense is proving there is indeed life after Brad Smith. Sophomore quarterback Chase Daniel has the Tigers operating at an even higher clip than last season.

Mizzou is scoring 34.8 points per game and piling up 471 yards of total offense through the first four games of the season. The Tigers are eighth in the country in total offense, 14th rushing and 20th passing. With Smith, Missouri was regarded as a one-man show. Not anymore.

"We just move guys around and throw to a lot of different people," said Gary Pinkel. "I would suggest too if you throw to a lot of different people, you're much more difficult to contain. I think that's a plus for us."

The top target so far has not been either all-American candidate at tight end, but wide receiver William Franklin. Franklin has 20 catches for 343 yards and four touchdowns thus far. Franklin narrowly missed two more touchdowns in the season-opening game against Murray State and has emerged as a legitimate deep threat with two scoring grabs of 60 yards or more.

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