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The Missourian: Tigers' secondary facing big test against Oklahoma State
Unlike against Kansas State, which does not rely on the passing game, and against Iowa State, which cannot rely on anything, the Missouri secondary will get a sense if it has improved since the loss to Oklahoma four weeks ago.
Ford thinks so. He said the Oklahoma game taught the secondary the hard way that communicating what defense it needs to be in — before the fast-pace offense snaps again — is critical.
"The athletes they have across the board, man, if you're not on top of your game, they can get behind you real fast," he said.
Unfortunately, those athletes are not limited to Blackmon. He accounts for seven of the team's 19 receiving touchdowns, and receivers Josh Cooper and Hubert Anyiam each average more than 50 yards per game.
"That's what so difficult about them, they got a gang-load of receivers," cornerback Trey Hobson said. "You got to account for Blackmon, but their other receivers can hurt you, so it’ll be a game where the whole secondary is going to have to be focused."
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Personnel changes in the backfield have coincided with a shift in philosophy for the offense, the kind that calls for 58 running plays in one game, as the Tigers did in Saturday’s 52-17 win over Iowa State, their most rushing attempts in a game since 2002.
That was three years before Missouri remade its offense with a no-huddle spread attack that spawned pass-prolific quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert.
Now, the Tigers still employ the spread but with a willingness to change their stripes. Quarterback James Franklin has routinely taken snaps from under center on short-yardage plays and kept the ball or handed off to a tailback, sometimes with a fullback stationed between them. It’s the kind of conventional approach MU coaches had been reluctant to try since adopting the spread.
"It’s a big help, because it’s something different," tailback Henry Josey said. "Nobody thinks we can do that or that we’re a bruising type offense. But we can do that, too."
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ArkansasNews.com: [Arkansas AD] Long has news on A&M, SEC
During his speech, Long said the SEC is preparing a 13-team schedule for 2012, but he is still hopeful the league can add a 14th team. The deadline for doing so is "coming quickly," but he would not elaborate.
It is imperative, he told the audience, that the league get to 14 teams. Otherwise, there will be inequities in the schedule, he said. "We won’t stay long as a 13-team conference," he said.
Leaders of other SEC schools have made similar statements.
Long told the Touchdown Club that there are a "number of institutions interested" in the SEC. In a brief news conference after the luncheon, he would not name names. Nobody expected him to do so.
He did acknowledge a gentleman’s agreement of sorts that the SEC would not invite a school from a state that already has a school in the league. Such an agreement would preclude Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia Tech, among others. A 14th member also must be a geographic fit, he said,
"There are not a whole lot of options out there," he said. The SEC is "being cautious and rightfully so."
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