June 22, 2006

Powered Up: Two backs too many

Potential, potential, potential. Perhaps the most maddening word in sports. Tony Temple has had it for years. Marcus Woods has shown flashes of it when healthy. Jimmy Jackson has it, we think, but he's hardly been on the field enough to really know.

This is the year potential has to turn into something for Missouri's tailbacks. The potential, thus far, has remained largely untapped.

Last season, no Missouri back averaged as many as ten carries per game. Blame whoever you want, but the tailbacks simply weren't really a part of the game plan. Yes, they combined to catch 42 passes, but if you take away one 46-yarder by Jackson, those plays averaged about four yards apiece.

The Tiger tailbacks combined to average 21 touches a game, meaning a running back, any running back, touched the ball on only about a quarter of Mizzou's offensive plays last season. Why was Brad Smith a one-man show? Nobody else got a chance to stay on stage long enough to make a good impression.

Anyway, you get the point. Missouri's running backs didn't do a whole lot last year. The reason for that no longer really matters. And, now, I'm going to make the point that two of the three shouldn't do much this year.

Idiocy, you say? Hang with me.

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