Saturday, May 28, 2016

Missouri Tigers 2016 outlook

Missouri Tigers

2015 record: 5-7, 1-7 SEC East

2016 schedule:

Sept. 3 at West Virginia
Sept. 10 vs Eastern Michigan
Sept. 17 vs Georgia
Sept. 24 vs Delaware State
Oct. 1 at LSU
Oct. 15 at Florida
Oct. 22 vs Middle Tennessee State (Homecoming)
Oct. 29 vs Kentucky
Nov. 5 at South Carolina
Nov. 12 vs Vanderbilt
Nov. 19 at Tennessee
Nov. 26 vs Arkansas

With issues on and off the field, the 2015 season proved to be a tumultuous one for the Missouri Tigers.

The retirement of Gary Pinkel (health reasons) and the dismissal of starting quarterback Matty Mauk leaves question marks going into 2016.

First-year coach Barry Odom will have a lot on the agenda, highlighted by finding a consistent presence at quarterback.

Players To Watch For- Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock:

With Eddie Printz’s departure to Texas State and Mauk’s dismissal, the keys have been given to Drew Lock to bring Missouri back to the conversation as a contender in the SEC East division.

Lock split time with Mauk in 2015 and fared pedestrian at best with 1,332 yards through the air, to go along with four touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

Redshirt junior defensive tackle Harold Brantley:

A key factor, which played into the Tigers losing seven of eight games in conference play was the loss of Harold Brantley for the 2015 season.

Brantley suffered multiple injuries in a car accident in June 2015, but should be on track to return in time for fall camp.

Notable coaching addition:

With Odom at the helm, Josh Heupel joins the ship as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Heupel served as the OC the last five seasons at Utah State and his alma mater, Oklahoma.

Key Game- Oct. 1 at LSU: 

Believe it or not, this will be the first time Missouri and LSU meet in SEC play as they are in different divisions. This game will likely serve as a great indicator as to where Missouri’s season could go.

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