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Missouri-Delaware State: The horror...the horror

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A whole bunch of people play as Missouri beats Delaware State before the opening kickoff

NCAA Football: Delaware State at Missouri
Marvin Zanders saw the most significant non-scrimmage action of his Missouri career, playing 26 snaps against Delaware State.
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If you were familiar with my work at the Columbia Daily Tribune you knew that, as part of my in-season coverage, I endeavored to provide snap counts for every Missouri player for every offensive and defensive snap that counted during the season.

If you were not...well, I just explained what this is in the last graf. You should have paid attention.

Anyway, I pored over the film of the Tigers’ fairly meaningless, yet still record-breaking, 79-0 win over Delaware State (the FCS bug to the Tigers’ windshield) to see who Missouri used on offense and defense, how often and in what ways. Then I tried to gather it in a way that wouldn’t bore you too terribly.

Did I fail? Did I succeed? I suppose that’s up for history to decide.

Here we go...

Offense

Quarterback

Drew Lock – 51

Marvin Zanders -- 26

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Tailback

Ish Witter – 34

Damarea Crockett – 29

Ryan Williams -- 14

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H-Back

Tyler Hanneke – 33

Jason Reese22

Kendall Blanton – 12

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Tight End

Kendall Blanton – 3

Tyler Hanneke -- 1

Jason Reese – 1

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Wide Receiver

J’Mon Moore – 43

Emanuel Hall – 32

Dimetrios Mason – 31

Johnathon Johnson – 24

Chris Black22

Richaud Floyd – 21

DeSean Blair -- 14

Keyon Dilosa – 12

Jake Brents -- 11

Eric Laurent11

Steven Spadarotto -- 7

Jason Reese – 4

Kendall Blanton -- 3

Tyler Hanneke -- 1

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Line

Adam Ploudre – 69

Kevin Pendleton – 46

Paul Adams – 41

Tyler Howell – 41

Tre’Vour Simms -- 36

Alec Abeln32

AJ Harris -- 31

Jonah Dubinski – 28

Kyle Mitchell -- 28

Michael Stannard17

Thomas Grossman – 8

Adam Roland -- 8


Defense

End

Jordan Harold – 18

Charles Harris17

Spencer Williams12

Marcell Frazier – 10

Josh Moore -- 2

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Tackle

Josh Augusta – 30

Terry Beckner -- 23

Rickey Hatley18

A.J. Logan18

Markell Utsey – 13

Tyrell Jacobs -- 6

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Rush End

Jordan Harold -- 14

Marcell Frazier – 13

Charles Harris10

Spencer Williams8

Josh Moore -- 4

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Linebacker

Donavin Newsom -- 36

Brandon Lee – 29

Cale Garrett -- 28

Michael Scherer23

Joey Burkett22

Eric Beisel3

Grant Jones – 3

Jacob Trump -- 3

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Nickelback

Greg Taylor -- 15

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Cornerback

John Gibson -- 36

Aarion Maxey-Penton – 28

DeMarkus Acy – 17

T.J. Warren – 13

Christian Holmes8

Anthony Hines3

Finis Stribling IV -- 3

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Safety

Thomas Wilson -- 47

Cam Hilton – 40

Anthony Sherrils15

Brock Bondurant -- 3

Tavon Ross -- 3


Offensive Set Success

3-WR/2-RB

Run: 37 for 263 (7.11 avg.), 5 TD

Pass: 20-of-28, 289 yards (10.3 avg.), 5 TD

Total: 65 plays, 552 yards (8.49 avg.), 10 TD

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4-WR/1-RB

Pass: 6-of-8, 105 yards (13.1 avg.)

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2-WR/1-TE/2-RB

Run: 1 for 6

Pass: 1-of-1, 21 yards

Total: 2 plays, 27 yards (13.5 avg.)

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Corey Fatony = Drew Lock

Pass: 1-of-1, 11 yards

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3-WR/1-TE/1-RB

Pass: 1-of-1, 4 yards, TD

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Victory

Kneel: 1 for -1


Defensive Set Success

3-4

Run: 9 for 21 (2.33 avg.)

Pass: 4-of-9, 33 yards (3.67 avg.), INT

Sack: 1 for -3

Total: 19 plays, 51 yards (2.68 avg.), INT

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Nickel

Run: 5 for 9 (1.80 avg.)

Pass: 6-of-9, 49 yards (5.44 avg.), INT

Sack: 1 for -6, fumble recovery

Total: 15 plays, 52 yards (3.47 avg.), INT, fumble recovery

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4-3

Run: 7 for 28 (4.00 avg.)

Pass: 1-of-6, 4 yards (0.67 avg.)

Sack: 1 for -2

Total: 14 plays, 30 yards (2.14 avg.)

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2-front

Run: 2 for -3 (-1.50 avg.), fumble recovery

Pass: 1-of-4, 10 yards (2.50 avg.)

Total: 6 plays, 7 yards (1.17 avg.), fumble recovery


Heres and Theres

  • Not really much to talk about in this one, so let’s make this brief and get on with our lives.
  • Really, the most interesting things are who played and who didn’t. In the “who didn’t” category, at least as far as offense and defense are concerned, we have tailbacks Alex Ross and Natereace Strong, wideouts Dominic Collins, Justin Smith and Ray Wingo, tight end Sean Culkin, center Samson Bailey, linebacker Terez Hall, cornerback Logan Cheadle and safety Ronnell Perkins.
  • All of those guys except for two were kind of situational scratches. People who could’ve played if, say, LSU was in town. But since the game was never in doubt, they went ahead and rested nagging injuries. The two exceptions were Collins, who Blake Toppmeyer reported was out on academic suspension, and Perkins, who most likely would have played on defense had he not been called for a targeting call on a fake punt at the beginning of the second quarter and booted.
  • Let’s talk about that fake punt for a second. One, it was fun to watch Fatony try and throw it. He’s a natural in the pocket. Two, Sherrils made a heck of a spear on it. Three...why did it exist? Missouri was up 30-0 at the time. Four, it kind of messed the safety rotation up when Perkins went out. Then Wilson ended up having to play (probably) a lot more than he was supposed to. And it might have been nice to get Perkins some more game reps heading into the second half of the season. Oh well...
  • Speaking of safety rotation, Hilton got the start over Sherrils not because the starter was resting, Barry Odom said, but because Hilton had a better week in practice, according to Dave Matter. And this might be the messed-up safety rotation talking again...but Sherrils was playing in second-half scrub time. So does that mean Hilton is the starter right now? Or would Sherrils be able to resume his spot with even a token improvement in practice this week?
  • Now, the guys who saw their first offensive or defensive game action of the season: running back Ryan Williams, wideouts Richaud Floyd, DeSean Blair, Jake Brents and Steven Spadarotto, offensive linemen Thomas Grossman and Adam Roland, defensive tackles Markell Utsey (redshirt...burned) and Tyrell Jacobs, linebackers Grant Jones and Jacob Trump (no relation to...that other guy...), corners T.J. Warren, Anthony Hines and Finis Stribling IV and safeties Brock Bondurant and Tavon Ross.
  • Formation-wise, after going ahead by 58 or so, Missouri basically just set three wide, put a tight end in the backfield and ran the same play over and over again. Really, the only deviations were two throws: one on a 1st-and-19 after a hole and another when Delaware State was pretty much begging for it.
  • On defense, Delaware State’s offense went slowly enough -- and was never on the field for long enough — so that Missouri could keep the same personnel on the field for entire drives and only switch things up at changes of possession.
  • When we talk about “vanilla” offense and defense, this is what we’re talking about.
  • Rather interesting — and keeping with a season-long trend -- though, Missouri threw all eight times it came out with four receivers split wide. On the year, that’s a 77-percent pass set for the Tigers. So, if the tight end (or a fourth receiver) is lined wide and you’re an opposing defensive coordinator, the running back has mostly been for show in that personnel grouping. At least so far...