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December 1, 2009

Tuesday's Top Tigers

Tuesday's Top Tigers makes its return to PowerMizzou.com. A player's ranking one week has no bearing on his placement on the list the next week. This is our list of the 11 Tigers who had, in our opinion, the best performances in the 41-39 thriller over Kansas:

Tuesday's Top Tigers
RANK PLAYER THE ANALYSIS LAST WEEK
1 Jake Harry, P This could go any number of places. And maybe it's not right to put a guy on top of the list who was on the field for five plays. But without Jake Harry, Missouri does not win that game. I've watched a lot of football in my life. And I've NEVER seen a punter have a bigger impact on a game. NR
2 Grant Ressel, K Tiger fans will remember that final kick forever. So will Ressel. As big a travest as it is that Danario Alexander isn't going to win the Biletnikoff, it will be a bigger joke if Ressel doesn't win the Groza as America's top kicker. He was. NR
3 Danario Alexander, WR Just wow. What more do you say? Best receiver in America. 3
4 Blaine Gabbert, QB Probably his best game. 303 passing, 94 rushing (would have been over 100 except for a sack) and only threw one pass that was close to being picked. To play the way he did in that atmosphere is the best sign for the future of this program. 2
5 Derrick Washington, RB For all the static Washington and the running game have taken this season, that game came down to one thing: When it absolutely had to, one team had faith that it had a guy that could run the football. The other one didn't. 6
6 The Offensive Line Playing its best football down the stretch. The Tigers put up a season-high in yardage for the second straight game and for all the penalties, there wasn't a single hold and just one false start. 1
7 Jerrell Jackson, WR It would be a surprise if Jackson did anything next year that resembles what Alexander has done this year, but he's emerged as the clear No. 1 wideout going forward and a big play threat every time he touches the ball. 4
8 Brian Coulter, DE Yes, the defensive line failed to get anything approaching pressure through three quarters. But when Missouri had to have it, Coulter combined with Aldon Smith to make the biggest play of the season. That one play was plenty to justify putting Coulter on the list. NR
9 Kip Edwards, CB Some will argue a secondary player shouldn't be on here after giving up 498 yards passing. But Edwards was just about the only defensive back who was never beaten badly. He broke up two passes that could have been touchdowns and also had a pick. He did enough to entertain the question of whether he should be a starter entering next season. NR
10 Beau Brinkley, DS Fans only notice a snapper when he's bad. Brinkley was perfect. Four field goals, three extra points, all perfect snaps. Plus, Brinkley downed one of Harry's punts inside the Jayhawk one-yard line. NR
11 Gary Pinkel, Head Coach For all the blame Pinkel gets for the losses, he gets little credit for the wins. And with three minutes left, most Tiger fans were ready to bury him when he sent the punt team on the field on fourth and four. That's why Pinkel makes the money he does. He'd have taken the heat if it didn't work, so when that decision wins the game, he deserves a nod. NR


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