March 7, 2009

Spring Preview: Five huge holes

Spring football starts in just three days. The Missouri Tigers lost more off the 2008 roster than they've lost in many years. Today, we take a look at the five players that leave the biggest holes behind.

Jeremy Maclin: Maclin was perhaps the best player in school history, earning all-American honors in both seasons on campus. Not only was Maclin a go-to receiver, but he handled just about every meaningful return for two seasons. One player won't step in and fill this hole. It will be a team effort in the receiving corps and the Tigers will try out a host of return men this spring and fall.

Ziggy Hood: Hood was a dominant player in the middle, as evidenced by the fact many project him to go in the first round of the NFL draft. The Tigers simply don't have a player they know is ready to step in and fill the spot. Terrell Resonno will get the first shot, but Missouri Hood leaves a void that caused us to nearly put him above Maclin on this list.

Jeff Wolfert: Wolfert never missed an extra point. He was the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Kickers aren't noticed until things go badly. Wolfert only had one game-winning kick in three seasons, but how many games did his accuracy give the Tigers an edge in? We're about to find out.

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