M issouri enters its second season in the SEC. What are the important things you need to know about this year’s team? Find out in our 2013 Missouri Football Preview.
2013 Missouri Football Preview
As one of the newest teams in the SEC, Missouri will have an advantage over SEC teams of having a play style the SEC isn’t used to. But every SEC team will also have that same advantage over Missouri, and rule of thumb says team usually need a couple years to adjust to the gritty style of play that occurs week in and week out. And while Mizzou says that they’re sticking with the spread offense, their offensive roster has such little talent that it would hardly even matter if they ran the wildcat exclusively.
The one name to know on the offensive side of the ball is Mizzou quarterback James Franklin. Granted the starting role because Missouri has no depth at the qb position, Franklin is an average quarterback that really has no skills that will make his team better. In fact, Missouri will have to have expert gameplans every week just for Franklin to be able to manage the game. Sure he could come out and have a stellar season, just as any quarterback can, but even if he did, Missouri has no supporting cast and they would still only seven games max.
As sad as it may seem, Missouri may have a better offense in their defense which is simply loaded with talent and experience. Even though defensive coordinator Dave Steckel lost All-SEC tackle Sheldon Richardson, Steckel was able to return six starters as well as 11 of their 18 top tacklers.
Just like every team aspires to do in the SEC, Mizzou is built with an emphasis on the front four so they can stop the run game of their opponents. Kory Ealy and Michael Sam are the leaders of the defense, and their brute strength mentality means that they will look to physically intimidate opponents and focus on great tackling. Mizzou makes playing defense seem much more personal than it is, and they treat every offense like their worst enemy.
And the talent doesn’t stop there. With athletic linebackers and competent corners, Missouri should create a large amount of turnovers because of the overall teamwork they use when they play great offenses.
Much like Kentucky, Mizzou has a good atmosphere and a great following without much talent. Once Mizzou has had time to scout the talent that fits their style of play, they will be able to put up a fight against better teams. But until then Mizzou will have a lot of struggles trying to stay off the bottom of their conference.
Thanks for checking out our 2013 Missouri Football Preview. Come back tomorrow as we look at Mississippi State.
—Special to the Capstone Report by Alex DeRemer.