October 11, 2006

Missouri brings balanced offense to Texas A&M

Few teams are as balanced on offense as Missouri, though Texas A&M is one. The Tigers are throwing for 244 yards a game and rushing for 179 as they come to College Station.

The straw that stirs the Tigers' most potent drink in years is Chase Daniel. The sophomore quarterback has won his first six games as a starter and now stands 37-1 in his career as a starting quarterback dating back to his days at Southlake Carroll.

Daniel has thrown for 1,446 yards and is just four touchdown passes away from setting a single-season record at Missouri. What has made Daniel so dangerous is the multitude of weapons at his disposal. Five different Tigers have at least 15 catches on the season and all five have caught at least two touchdown passes.

Leading the way is the talented tight end duo of Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman. The two tight ends have combined for 49 catches, 446 yards and six touchdowns so far this season. Their presence has also allowed William Franklin to enjoy a breakout junior season. Franklin, Missouri's primary deep threat, is averaging 16.7 yards per reception, good for fifth in the Big 12. He caught the biggest pass against Texas Tech last week, a 40-yarder down the middle on third down that set up a game-clinching touchdown to Coffman.

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