The last time a Mizzou QB started for the first time.
David Morrison started a Google Doc compiling the first-start stats of recent quarterbacks, and Dave Matter shared some tidbits.
5 of the 6 Mizzou quarterbacks who made their first college start in the Pinkel years ran for a TD in their first start.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 1, 2015
All six first-time starting QBs under Pinkel won their first start.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 1, 2015
Average score in first starts for Mizzou's last six QBs: MU 32.3, Opponent 13.2. 4 of the 6 opponents were power conference teams— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 1, 2015
I'd actually forgotten how bold the play-calling was at the start of the Florida game, and against a still-pretty-good Florida defense. Curious if Josh Henson and the staff have similar thoughts in mind this time around. They certainly don't have Henry Josey and the run game to fall back on this time...
Missouri averages 6.49 yards a play when Lock is in the game and 4.75 yards a play with Mauk. The difference in yards per pass attempt is stark (9.00 versus 5.95), and Mauk holds a bit of an edge in the run game (3.97 yards a carry versus 3.50).
The Tigers' offense hits on a 20-plus yard play almost twice as often with Lock in the game as it does Mauk. In fact, a third of Lock's completions (five of 15) have gone for 20 yards or more while only 19.3 percent of Mauk's have (11 of 57).
All five of Missouri's 20-plus yard runs plays have come with Mauk in the game.
Mauk also logs a three-and-out almost twice as often as Lock but, to be fair -- as we stated earlier -- that's a pretty small sample size for Lock (one in seven).
Both of Mizzou's blue-chip freshmen will start tomorrow
Beckner started the first game of his career against Kentucky, and to-date he has nine tackles, three for loss and a pass break-up. He's on pace for nine TFLs in a 12-game regular season; in the last ten seasons, there have been two defensive tackles at Missouri to post at least ten TFLs. Lorenzo Williams did it twice; the man Beckner is most often compared to, in terms of on-the-field talent, is the other:
"I don't want to say I'm aware of them (the expectations)," Beckner said. "But I know a lot of people expect me to do big things. I don't really try to worry about them too much, just try to worry about one thing, focus on one thing at a time. You try to worry about too much stuff, I mean, it knocks off your focus."
Team-building can't hurt