The start of spring practice for the defending SEC East champion Missouri Tigers brings a lot of optimism. Head coach Gary Pinkel is coming off a 12-2 campaign and was able to retain all of his assistant by being able to provide them a pay raise. The head coach himself also sees a nice bump in salary.
However, there are a lot of questions that will need to be answered with the departure of key players from the Cotton Bowl championship squad. The first answer will come Tuesday afternoon, when the 2014 Tigers open up with the first of 14 practices.
Here’s a quick look at how the roster is shaping up.
James Franklin is gone and it appears that Maty Mauk will have the inside track to the starting job. He was 3-1 as a starter with wins over Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky. His only loss was that USC game. If he could get credit for a save, as in baseball, he’d get one for finishing up the Georgia road win.
Corbin Berstresser had his chance two seasons ago and wasted it by admitting he was not as prepared as he should have been at times when he stepped in for Franklin during that miserable, 5-7 season. I’ll also be interested to check out the development of youngsters Eddie Printz and Trent Hosick. Also, Marvin Zanders is a true freshman. When he runs, he looks much like Franklin.