The University of Missouri returns 18 of 22 starters from last year’s team that finished with a 38-31 win over South Carolina in the Independence Bowl.
The most notable losses are do-it-all quarterback Brad Smith, who is in the NFL with the New York Jets and All-Big 12 offensive lineman Tony Palmer, now with the St. Louis Rams.
The cupboard isn’t bare for head coach Gary Pinkel. Two Tigers – David Overstreet and Martin Rucker – were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Chase Daniel will start at quarterback after seeing some time under center last year. Running backs Marcus Woods and Tony Temple will share time in the backfield. Palmer is the only departure from the offensive line.
Defensively, the Tigers will have lots of experience, if nothing else. All four starting lineman from last year’s squad will return this season. Only one new linebacker is slated to crack the starting lineup. If there’s a question on defense, it will undoubtedly be in the secondary where quarterback-turned-safety David Overstreet is the sole returner.
Rucker was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Conference team. He’ll team with tight end Chase Coffman to form one of the best end duos in the country.
The pair will also provide a good safety outlet for sophomore Daniel. Going into his junior season, Rucker already ranks 6th alltime among Mizzou tight ends with 66 catches for 830 yards. Rucker spoke with the media at this week’s Annual Big 12 Media Day in Kansas City, MO.
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