Missouri Tigers Football Details
Missouri is coming off of two losing seasons in a row entering 2017, but this team won’t be down for long. The Tigers are in good hands under head coach Barry Odom, and they should get back to their winning ways soon. It wasn’t too long ago that former head coach Gary Pinkel had this team playing in back-to-back impressive bowl games, as Missouri won the Cotton Bowl in 2013 and the Citrus Bowl in 2014. It was the second time in the past 10 seasons that the Tigers won the Cotton Bowl, as they also did it when they went 12-2 in an impressive 2007 season. Chase Daniel was the quarterback of that team, and he finished in fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting that season. Odom certainly feels like he has the firepower to repeat the success of that season in the near future, but this team will, at the very least, be fun to watch for the fans that come out to Memorial Stadium.
Missouri is usually known for having a stellar defense, but the Tigers’ offense is what stands out right now. Missouri has one of the best quarterback/wide receiver combinations in the SEC this season, as Drew Lock threw for 3,399 yards with 23 touchdowns last season and J’Mon Moore hauled in 62 receptions for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns. Moore had three multi-touchdown performances in 2016, and Lock is going to look his way as often as defenses allow. It’ll just be up to this defense to find a way to stop some loaded SEC offenses. Running back Damarea Crockett could also help, as he can keep his defense off the field by eating up yards on the ground. He did exactly that as a freshman last year, rushing for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns.