Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Missouri Tigers season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Missouri Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 8-5 overall, 4-4 in SEC
Head Coach: Barry Odom, 4th year, 19-19
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MISSOURI OFFENSE
– The Mizzou offense slowed down a bit under offensive coordinator Derek Dooley from the high-powered speed attack from 2017 under Josh Heupel, and it all worked. The Tigers finished 13th in the nation averaged 482 yards and 37 points per game. Even after losing QB Drew Lock to the Denver Broncos, the attack could be even stronger, because …
– Kelly Bryant really is that good. The Clemson transfer’s only sin was not being Trevor Lawrence, but he’s a versatile passer and natural leader who’s been able to step in and take to his new program right away.
Sophomore Taylor Powell is a promising No. 2 option, but he’ll have to be ready to battle with TCU transfer Shawn Robinson next year. For now, Bryant won’t be Lock throwing the ball, but he’ll add another dimension to the attack.
– The receiving stars are there to work with, starting with – arguably – the best tight end in college football. Albert Okwuegbunam is an NFL-caliber target catching 43 passes for 466 yards and six scores. Speedster Emanuel Hall is gone, but senior Jonathan Johnson is back after leading the team with 59 catches for 737 yards and five scores. In all, five of the top seven receivers are back after going with a bit of a youth movement last season.
– Get ready for more production from the running game with Bryant able to take off. Larry Rountree returns after averaging 5.4 yards per carry with 1,216 yards and 11 scores, and quick sophomore Tyler Bade will add even more flash to the backfield coming off a decent 437-yard freshman season.
– Three starters are back from a line that led the SEC in fewest sacks and tackles for loss allowed, and pounded away for 202 rushing yards per game.
6-7, 330-pound senior Yasir Durant will work again at one tackle spot – likely on the left side – and 6-4, 315-pound center Trystan Colon-Castillo and 6-5, 330-pound guard Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms are potential all-stars on the inside.