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Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Mizzou doesn't want QB rotation

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

You know there's a lack of consensus on how to deal with two evenly matched quarterbacks when even a conservative Bill Belichick disciple like Nick Saban admits he'd consider a platoon under center.

But as for where Missouri stands on the spectrum, offensive coordinator David Yost made it perfectly clear when speaking to the Columbia Daily Tribune: if at all possible, they'll be a one quarterback team:
"We haven’t discussed that, and that’ll come down to Coach [Gary] Pinkel," he said. "We have not done that in the past. Since we’ve been here we haven’t really been in that situation. At Toledo, we had a good competition one year between two guys. One guy separated himself and moved up. We haven’t been in a two-quarterback setup since I’ve been with" Pinkel ...

"Hopefully, we’ll have one [quarterback]," Yost continued. "I know this: It doesn’t always look pretty on the outside to everybody, but I know both guys have gotten a lot better. And whoever ends up being the guy, we’re going to be good at quarterback."
The "guys" in this situation are sophomore James Franklin and redshirt freshman Tyler Gabbert, brother of departed 2010 starter (and top-10 draft lock) Blaine Gabbert. Franklin had the better day at the Tigers' Black-Gold game on Saturday, completing 13 of 21 passes for 116 yards and a pair of two scores, while Gabbert went an ugly 8-of-22 for 48 yards a with a pick.

All the same, when the offensive coordinator is calling it a toss-up and the official Missouri site says "the battle is just getting started," it's too early to declare Franklin the front-runner. Right now, it seems safe to expect the decision to be made deep into fall camp.

But unlike with Alabama and several other schools, given Yost's comments, it also seems safe to expect Missouri to make that decision one way or the other.


Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:06 pm
 

A new Gabbert claims the Mizzou throne

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In my Spring Practice Primer on Missouri earlier this month, the focus of the preview was Missouri finding a quarterback to replace the departed Blaine Gabbert, who some feel may be the first quarterback taken in the NFL Draft this spring. The candidates were James Franklin, Ashton Glaser and Tyler Gabbert, the younger brother of Blaine.

Well, it seems that the Missouri quarterback position is becoming a bit of a family affair. After a very strong performance in in Mizzou's lone scrimmage this spring, Tyler Gabbert took the reins as the Tigers' quarterback during practice on Tuesday. Of course, this is still just spring practice, and there's a long way to go before the season starts.

Gabbert can lose the job and then win it back four more times before that happens, which he realizes, and says that a bad day here or there won't shake his confidence.

“You have to [stay confident],” Gabbert told the Kansas City Star. “At the same time, you have to stay humble and stay hungry. But if you get an opportunity, you have to go out and capitalize. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

That being said, the fact Gabbert was able to take over from the "favorite" James Franklin so quickly is a strong indication of what's likely to happen this fall.


Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: Missouri

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice . So we here at the Eye on College Football  will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers . Today, we look at Missouri , who begin spring practice today, March 8. 


Spring practice question:Who will replace Blaine Gabbert in Columbia? 

The last four seasons have been good to Missouri, as the Tigers have won 40 games over that span, including a 10-3 mark in 2010 that saw the Tigers knock off then #1 Oklahoma in October. Now, with Nebraska and Colorado gone, Missouri climbs the pecking order in the Big 12, and has to be considered a favorite along with Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

Of course, before Mizzou can attempt to win the conference this season, they have another more basic task to figure out this spring. Who is going to replace Blaine Gabbert?

Gabbert was a big reason why the Tigers were successful the last two seasons, and now he's taken the 40 touchdowns he threw in his years as a starter to the NFL.

So while Gary Pinkel will have to find replacements for three missing starters in his secondary, a new quarterback will probably garner most of his attention the next few weeks. James Franklin (pictured), who will be a sophomore in 2011, has the most experience and will begin the spring atop the depth chart.

Franklin appeared in nine games for Missouri last season, but did so mostly out of the Wildcat formation as a runner, not a passer. Franklin threw 14 passes for the Tigers last season, and completed 11 of them, but the last pass he threw came in a 26-0 victory over Colorado on October 9. So all those passes came in blowouts against bad teams, which means we can't really use them as an indicator as to how efficient a passer Franklin can really be.

Franklin was used exclusively as a running quarterback following the Colorado game and through conference play, finishing the season with 116 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries.

While Franklin starts the spring on top of the depth chart, he's going to have to work to stay there. While having a quarterback that can run out of the spread is a bonus, you aren't going to win consistently in the Big 12 without a strong passing attack. Just look at what happened to Nebraska last season anytime Taylor Martinez was forced to throw the ball.

Previous Spring Primers

Which is where Franklin's competition may wind up overtaking him.

Ashton Glaser and Tyler Gabbert, yes, Blaine's younger brother, should provide strong competition for Franklin, particularly Gabbert.

Gabbert redshirted in 2010, but impressed coaches during bowl practices last December. He's smaller than Franklin is, but like his older brother, he has a strong arm and can hurt defenses with his legs.

The true darkhorse in all of this will be incoming freshman Corbin Berkstresser. Berkstresser is more of a pro-style quarterback, with a big arm and a big body to go with it. At 6'3 and 224 pounds, it's possible that Berkstresser can come in this spring and take the job with his arm. Obviously, Berkstresser will start as the fourth option, but since this battle isn't expected to be over before the fall, that will give him time to learn the offense and impress his coaches.

All of which means that the competition this spring amongst Missouri quarterbacks won't just be one of the most important in the Big 12 this spring, but also one of the most interesting.

Gary Pinkel has sent his last two quarterbacks to the NFL. Will he find his third?
Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to go pro

Posted by Adam Jacobi

No big surprise out of Columbia today, as Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert announced that he'd be joining the NFL draft this year. Gabbert, a junior, didn't have a statistically dominant 2010 season, tallying just 16 touchdowns on the year, and recording only the eighth-best quarterback efficiency rating in the Big 12. Gabbert did look sensational in the Insight Bowl, however, shredding the normally stingy Iowa pass defense for 434 yards and a touchdown (though his game-losing interception was, to say the least, unfortunate).

“This is definitely a bittersweet day for me, I was really looking forward to having a chance to do some special things next season with my teammates, but in the end, this is the right decision to make for myself and my family,” said Gabbert in a statement released by Missouri today.   “These last three years have been an unbelievable experience for me, and I’ll miss being at Mizzou, but I’m definitely looking forward to this next stage of my life.  I’m so grateful to have been part of such a great program and all of the people who have helped me get to this point, and now I have to take what I’ve learned, and build on that for the next level."

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel praised his outgoing quarterback, calling Gabbert "an outstanding leader" for the Tigers and praising the hard work Gabbert put in as a two-year starter with Missouri.

And yet, though we don't doubt Pinkel's sincerity for a second as he lauds and encourages Gabbert, we must wonder how ready Missouri is to move on without its star quarterback. As the Columbia Tribune points out, the next-most experienced quarterback on the roster is freshman James Franklin , who completed 11 of 14 passes for 106 yards this year. Past that, it's fellow sophomore-to-be Ashton Glaser (no passing stats) and redshirting freshman Tyler Gabbert. Yes, Tyler and Blaine are brothers. No pressure, kid!

 
 
 
 
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