Q&A: Mizzou vs. Kansas State
By JP Rock
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
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
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
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