31 July 2009
If Dave Matter ever leaves the Columbia Tribune I swear to God I'm going to kill myself. Dave, I know you occasionally take a look at this blog so you know how much we appreciate your work. But seriously, if your Behind the Stripes blog is ever taken out of my life I don't know what I'll do with myself.
Today Dave posted an Emptying the Notebook post from the Big 12 Media Days. Some good stuff in there so be sure to check it out. If you read my post from last night you know I'm pretty stoked about the Tigers' O-line and D-Wash running behind it. It appears Matter and I are on the same page.
3. 1,540 & 5.9
The first number is the collective weight of Missouri’s projected starting offensive line, a group that will open camp with first-year starters at left guard (Austin Wuebbels) and right tackle (Dan Hoch) but established veterans at the other three positions. The Tigers don’t typically play a grinding, smashmouth brand of football along the front five, but the two new starters bring a physical presence. And new O-line coach Josh Henson was raised on punishing power running games at Oklahoma State and LSU under Les Miles.
The second number is Derrick Washington’s yards-per-carry average in 2008, when he played 13 games with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Only two Missouri running backs in the modern era have averaged a better rate: Robert Delpino and Ernest Blackwell. Missouri’s not going to give up throwing the ball and will probably wing it around at least 50 percent of the time as it did in 2006, Daniel’s first season as a starter. But Washington is capable of taking tremendous pressure off Gabbert — as is his more than capable backup De’Vion Moore — if the Tigers can get the running game going and stick with it.
Also, Todd Reesing apparently addressed all those interesting photos of him that have been circulating on the internet the last month.
As for Reesing, just as he arrived in Dallas another batch of bizarre photos of him circulated on the Internet and across email, including several with Reesing sporting way too short denim shorts and a hideous jacket featuring the stars and stripes of the American flag. A TV reporter asked Reesing on camera about the photos, and, to Reesing’s credit, the quarterback didn’t flinch. Reesing played ball and shot back, "You mean you don’t have an American flag jacket, too?"
I'll admit, that was pretty funny.
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