October 18, 2006
Offensive Insider: Missouri Tigers
The Missouri offense has been good, but not great, so far this season. The Tigers are 15th in the nation in total offense and 21st in scoring, but they have battled stretches of ineffectiveness during some games this season.
The major adjustment for opposing defenses has been preparing for an offense that is no longer a one-man show. With Brad Smith gone, the offense is much more balanced, though the quarterback is still the player grabbing all the headlines.
Chase Daniel has had a sophomore season that has many talking about first-team all-Big 12 honors. In his first seven games as a starter, Daniel has thrown for 248.7 yards per game and run for another 28.6. He is among the Big 12 leaders in total offense and stands just three touchdown passes short of the all-time single-season record at Missouri.William Franklin. Franklin has 33 catches for 603 yards and five touchdowns (all team-highs). Franklin has been Missouri's primary deep threat, with two touchdowns of more than 60 yards. He nearly had one more at Texas A&M, but fumbled at the one-yard line on the third play of the game.
While Franklin has put up the biggest numbers, tight ends Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker still get the attention of most defensive coordinators the quickest. Coffman leads in catches (29 to 26), yards (278 to 237) and touchdowns (4 to 2). Most of that is based on last week when Rucker, the fourth-leading tight end receiver in school history, was shut out for the first time this season. Do not expect it to happen again.
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