Q&A: Mizzou vs. Kansas State

By JP Rock

12, 2010

What is the mood of the team like after starting

7-0 and losing two in a row?

The mood seemed very somber

earlier this week, but the Tigers seem to have picked it up and had some

very good practices. They look like they may have refocused their

attention to playing one game at a time, which is the attitude that led

them to the 7-0 record. I think the Nebraska loss took a lot out of them

and the Texas Tech loss was a bit of a wake-up call.


was a lot of talk that Coach Pinkel should have substituted freshman QB

James Franklin for Blaine Gabbert when he struggled against Tech. Is it

possible we could see that happen this week?


injury, I doubt you see that happen. Coach Pinkel is standing behind

Gabbert and showed no signs that he ever considered a substitution.


Saturday being Senior Day, what Tiger senior will be most missed next


I think Tiger Center Tim Barnes will be the hardest

player to replace in 2011. Barnes has been the anchor of the offensive

line this season and has really put together a nice career. The Tigers

do not have a true center lined up to replace him–I think Justin Britt

might play center next year.

With the Tigers having trouble

against the run recently, how difficult will it be to face a player like

Daniel Thomas?

It will be a challenge for them. All of

the players I spoke with this week acknowledged the problems with the

run defense and how it has led to them being on the field more than they

would like. They also had high praise for Thomas, who will likely play

on Sundays in the future. The Tigers basically said that they need to

buckle down and play physical and stick to fundamentals of tackling

against him.

Who needs to step up for the Tigers to return

to their winning ways?

Despite the defensive lapses in the

two Tiger losses, the offense has had issues converting on 3rd downs,

completing vertical passes, and finishing in red zone situations. The

Tigers are yet to face an insurmountable lead this season. The offense

just hasn�t been scoring points like fans have become accustomed to in

years past.

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