2008 Missouri Tigers football team

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2008 Missouri Tigers football
Big 12 North Co-Champions
Alamo Bowl vs. Northwestern, W 30–23 OT
Conference Big 12 Conference North Division
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #19
2008 record 10–4 (5–3 Big 12)
Head coach Gary Pinkel
Offensive coordinator Dave Christensen
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus
Base defense 4–3
Captain Chase Daniel
Ziggy Hood
William Moore
Tommy Saunders
Home stadium Faurot Field
(Capacity: 68,349)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#19 Missouri xy   5 3         10 4  
Nebraska x   5 3         9 4  
Kansas   4 4         8 5  
Colorado   2 6         5 7  
Kansas State   2 6         5 7  
Iowa State   0 8         2 10  
South
#5 Oklahoma xy   7 1         12 2  
#4 Texas x   7 1         12 1  
#12 Texas Tech x   7 1         11 2  
#16 Oklahoma State   5 3         9 4  
Baylor   2 6         4 8  
Texas A&M   2 6         4 8  

Championship: Oklahoma 62, Missouri 21
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Missouri Tigers football team represented the University of Missouri in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Gary Pinkel, who returned in his eighth season with Mizzou, and played their home games at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium.

Quarterback Chase Daniel returned for his final year of eligibility and led the Tigers to a second appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game.[1]

Recruits[edit]

Key Losses:

Five junior Tigers will return for the 2008 season after turning down the NFL Draft, including QB Chase Daniel, TE Chase Coffman, SS William Moore, DE Stryker Sulak and DT Ziggy Hood.[1] The Tigers will have 16 returning starters, 10 on defense and six on offense.[3]

Redshirt freshman DE John Stull was removed from the team on January 11, 2008, after being arrested on drug charges.[4]

22 Recruits list.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jimmy Burge
DT
Houston, TX Stratford HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 5.10 Jun 19, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 71
Taylor Davis
OT
Plano, TX Prestonwood Christian 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 261 lb (118 kg) 5.66 Aug 3, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 70
Will Ebner
MLB
Friendswood, TX Friendswood HS 6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.61 Dec 17, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Kip Edwards
CB
Arlington, TX Bowie HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.53 Oct 27, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Michael Egnew
WR
Plainview, TX Plainview HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) N/A Jun 10, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Blaine Gabbert
QB
Ballwin, MO Parkway West HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.60 Nov 10, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
Zaviar Gooden
S
Pflugerville, TX Pflugerville HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.50 Jan 22, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Dan Hoch
OT
Harlan, IA Harlan Community HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 315 lb (143 kg) 5.21 Jan 8, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Kenji Jackson
S
Mansfield, TX Mansfield HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) N/A Dec 18, 2007 
Scout:1/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Daniel Jackson
OT
Gilmer, TX Gilmer HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 270 lb (120 kg) N/A Sep 10, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 74
Andrew Jones
TE
Smithville, MO Smithville HS 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m) 234 lb (106 kg) 4.78 Mar 5, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Wes Kemp
WR
St. Louis, MO DeSmet Jesuit HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 223 lb (101 kg) 4.60 Jan 7, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 73
Brad Madison
DE
Bethany, MO South Harrison HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) N/A Mar 12, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Marcus Malbrough
DE
Beaumont, TX West Brook Sr. HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) N/A Jan 28, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Gahn McGaffie
RB
Galena Park, TX Galena Park HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) N/A Jun 15, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Travis Ruth
DT
Jefferson City, MO Jefferson City HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 280 lb (130 kg) N/A Feb 7, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Aldon Smith
DE
Raytown, MO Raytown HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (100 kg) N/A Oct 7, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 65
Jacquies Smith
DE
Dallas, TX South Oak Cliff HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) N/A Jan 24, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Robert Steeples
CB
St. Louis, MO DeSmet Jesuit HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.53 Jun 16, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Drew Temple
RB
Kansas City, MO Rockhurst HS 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) N/A Jul 20, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 69
George White
MLB
Cincinnati, OH Harmony Community School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 252 lb (114 kg) N/A Dec 18, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Rolandis Woodland
WR
Cincinnati, OH Harmony Community School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) N/A Feb 7, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 31   Rivals: 25
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Following their Cotton Bowl Classic victory, Mizzou landed a number of previously committed recruits from the state of Missouri. QB Blaine Gabbert from Ballwin, MO is the No. 1 rated prep player in the state of Missouri, and No. 1 rated pro-style quarterback in his recruiting class.[5] and the Tigers landed him after he had previously committed to Nebraska.[6] According to Rivals rankings, the Tigers also landed WR Wes Kemp (#5), TE Andrew Jones (#3), DE Alden Smith (#6) and RB Drew Temple (#11), brother of former Tigers player Tony Temple all from in-state high schools.[7]

From out of state, the Tigers landed OT Dan Hoch, who like Gabbert previously committed to Nebraska.[8]

Schedule[edit]

Missouri Tigers schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:30 PM vs. #20 Illinois* #6 Edward Jones DomeSt. Louis, MO (Arch Rivalry) ESPN W 52–42   66,441
September 6 6:00 PM Southeast Missouri State (FCS)* #6 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO FSN PPV W 52–3   62,305
September 13 11:30 AM Nevada* #6 Faurot Field • Columbia, MO FSN W 69–17   54,202
September 20 1:00 PM Buffalo* #5 Faurot Field • Columbia, MO W 42–21   65,556
October 4 8:00 PM at Nebraska #4 Lincoln Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Missouri-Nebraska Rivalry) ESPN W 52–17   85,372
October 11 7:00 PM #17 Oklahoma State #3 Faurot Field • Columbia, MO ESPN2 L 23–28   68,349
October 18 7:00 PM at #1 Texas #11 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC L 31–56   98,383
October 25 5:30 PM Coloradodagger #16 Faurot Field • Columbia, MO FSN W 58–0   68,349
November 1 2:00 PM at Baylor #14 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX W 31–28   35,142
November 8 6:00 PM Kansas State #13 Faurot Field • Columbia, MO (Senior Night) FSN W 41–24   68,349
November 15 5:30 PM at Iowa State #12 Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA (Battle for the Telephone Trophy) FSN W 52–20   46,013
November 29 11:30 AM vs. Kansas #12 Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO (Border War) FSN L 37–40   79,123
December 6 7:00 PM vs. #4 Oklahoma #19 Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, MO (Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship) ABC L 21–62   71,004
December 29 7:00 PM vs. #22 Northwestern* #25 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN W 30–23 OT  55,986
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll Poll released prior to game.. All times are in Central Time.


Game Summaries[edit]

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20/19 Illinois 6 7 15 14 42
#6/7 Missouri 7 24 14 7 52


Southeast Missouri State (I-AA)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Southeast Missouri State 0 0 0 3 3
#6/7 Missouri 21 21 3 7 52


Nevada[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Nevada 7 10 0 0 17
#6/6 Missouri 17 21 21 10 69

Derrick Washington, Jeremy Maclin, and Jeff Wolfert scored for Missouri, and Colin Kaepernick rushed for a 1-yard touchdown for Nevada in the first quarter.

Chase Daniel passed to Jared Perry for 27 yards for a 2nd-quarter touchdown. Brett Jaekle kicked a field goal for Nevada, followed by Washington's 2-yard touchdown for Missouri. Maclin caught a pass (14 yards) from Daniel for Missouri, followed by a Kaepernick pass (42 yards) to Marko Mitchell for a Nevada touchdown.

Third quarter was all Missouri. Daniel passed to Maclin for a 49-yard touchdown, Tommy Saunders passed to Chase Coffman for a 32-yard touchdown and then Chase Paton rushed for a 3-yard touchdown. Jeff Wolfert kicked a 24-yard field goal for Missouri.

Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo 7 7 7 0 21
#5/5 Missouri 10 10 13 9 42


at Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4/3 Missouri 14 17 21 0 52
Nebraska 7 3 0 7 17

Chase Daniel threw three touchdown passes, Derrick Washington ran for 139 yards and scored three times, as Missouri mopped up Nebraska for their first road win against the Cornhuskers in 30 years (1978). The Tigers never had to punt all game.

The 35-point defeat was the Huskers' most lopsided home loss in 53 years.


Oklahoma State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17/17 Oklahoma State 7 0 14 7 28
#3/2 Missouri 3 7 7 6 23


at Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11/12 Missouri 0 3 14 14 31
#1/1 Texas 14 21 7 14 56

Sportscasters touted the 2005 contest with the Missouri Tigers as a showcase between two of the best dual-threat quarterbacks playing in college football, pitting Missouri quarterback Brad Smith against Vince Young of Texas.[9][10] The two players combined for 582 yards total offense. Both Young and Smith led their respective team in rushing yards. Young had 108 rushing yards while Smith had 57. Young had 236 passing yards compared to Smith's 181.[11] Texas won the game 51–20[11] to extend its series lead over Missouri to 15–5.[12] The two teams did not face each other in 2006 or 2007.[13]

Like the 2005 game, the 2008 matchup was billed as a battle between two great quarterbacks, Colt McCoy of Texas and Chase Daniel of Missouri having both been mentioned as possible Heisman trophy candidates. Texas was playing their first home game as a number-one ranked team since 1977. Missouri won their first five games of 2008 and had moved into third place in the nation before they were upset at home by the Oklahoma State Cowboys and fell to eleventh place. The Tigers came into the game with a 0-10 record against number-one ranked teams, and they had not won a football game in Austin since 1896.[14]

To help ensure that the Longhorns did not dwell on the emotional victory over the Sooners one week earlier, the UT coaching staff called the team together and buried the TX/OU game ball in the UT practice field on the Monday before the game. The morning of the game the betting line on the morning of the game was Texas by 4½ points; the over/under was 65.[15] The temperature was 72 °F (22 °C) at kickoff, with clear skies.[16] ESPN College GameDay was in Austin for the game, which set a new attendance record (UT, state of Texas, Big12 Conference) of 98,383.[17]

Missouri won the coin toss and elected to receive the kickoff. They returned the ball to their 40 yard-line. On the first play from scrimmage, Missouri tried a reverse, but Texas dropped them for a loss and Missouri went three-and-out. Missouri had gone without a three-and-out for the whole season until having two during their loss the previous week against Oklahoma State. The Missouri punt rolled to the Texas 5-yard line. Colt McCoy led the Longhorns 95-yards for a touchdown.[17]

Texas had the ball 5-times in the first half and scored a touchdown each time, taking a 35-0 lead. Missouri scored a field goal at the end of the first half to make the score 35-3. Texas was forced to punt on their first possession of the second-half and Missouri scored a touchdown to narrow the lead to 35-10. Texas rebounded with a touchdown and Missouri was never able to cut the lead to less than 25 points.[17] The final score was Texas-56, Missouri-31.[17][18][19]

McCoy completed the game with 337 yards on 29-of-32 passing with two touchdowns, rushed for two more and at one point completed a school-record 17 passes in a row. His completion ratio of 79% coming into the game improved as he completed 91% of his passes in this game. His four touchdowns put him alone in first place for the most career touchdowns scored at Texas (82), passing Vince Young (81).[18]

ESPN's recap of the game said, "And when McCoy dribbled the ball on the ground only to pick it up and throw a strike that kept the last drive of the half alive, he created the 'Did you just see that?' moment of the season so far. With one half of near-perfect football, Texas buried not only the remnants of the Sooners and the Tigers, but any doubt about who deserves to be No. 1. For now."[18]

Colorado[edit]

Colorado at #16/16 Missouri
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 0 0 0 0 0
Missouri 21 13 14 10 58

The Tigers won their 600th game since their inception in 1890, in an overwhelming 58-0 shutout of the Buffaloes in the Tigers' Homecoming game at Faurot Field rolling up 491 total offensive yards. Chase Daniel passed for 302 yards, and the runners ran for another 189 yards. Daniel was 31-for-37 throwing five touchdowns, intercepted once. Jeremy Maclin had 11 pass receptions for 134 yards with two touchdowns. The defense was outstanding, holding Colorado to a mere 41 net yards rushing and 158 passing for only 199 total offensive yards.[20]

at Baylor[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14/14 Missouri 14 7 0 10 31
Baylor 0 7 14 7 28


Kansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 0 3 7 14 24
#13/13 Missouri 7 17 3 14 41


at Iowa State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12/11 Missouri 7 24 7 14 52
Iowa State 0 7 6 7 20


Kansas (Border Showdown in Kansas City, MO)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas 3 16 7 14 40
#12/11 Missouri 0 10 13 14 37

On November 30, offensive coordinator Dave Christensen accepted the job as head coach for the Wyoming Cowboys in 2009.[21]


Oklahoma (Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, MO)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19/17 Missouri 0 7 7 7 21
#2/4 Oklahoma 10 28 3 21 62

QB Chase Daniel became the Missouri career total offense yardage leader with 13,256. He entered the game with 12,988 yards and had 268 total yards (255 passing, 13 rushing) in the game. He moved ahead of Brad Smith (13,088) and had 13,256 at halftime. Senior CB Tru Vaughns made his first career start. PK Jeff Wolfert improved his career PAT mark to a perfect 182 of 182. TE Chase Coffman recorded his 30th career touchdown reception. He was already Missouri's all-time touchdown reception leader. Former walk-on WR Tommy Saunders moved into sixth place on the MU career receptions list. He finished the game with 144 to pass current Kansas City Chiefs' Will Franklin.[22]

Jeremy Maclin leads all of major-college football in all-purpose yards per game with 203.54 (2,646 yds. in 13 G), over 20 yards more than second-place Jahvid Best (California).[23]
He has 1,221 receiving, 987 kickoff return, 250 rushing, and 188 punt returns yardage.[24]

On December 11, TE Chase Coffman won the prestigious John Mackey Tight End Award as the nation's top Tight End.[25]

Through 13 games in 2008, MU’s offense ranks 4th in the nation in passing (340.38 ypg), 6th in total offense (497.46 ypg), 6th in scoring (43.15 ppg) and 8th in pass efficiency (162.69 rating).

On December 12, Pinkel said the new offensive coordinator will be present quarterbacks' coach and recruiting coordinator, David Yost.[26]

Northwestern (16th Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, TX)[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
#25/23 Missouri 0 10 10 3 7 30
#22/20 Northwestern 7 3 13 0 0 23


Roster[edit]

(as of 9/3/08 MUTIGERS.com, and Rivals.com)
(Template Edit)

Wide Receivers

  •  2 LaRoderick Thomas - Sophomore
  •  3 Gahn McGaffie - Freshman
  •  4 Jared Perry - Junior
  •  5 Rolandis Woodland - Freshman
  •  7 Earl Goldsmith - Senior
  •  8 Wes Kemp - Freshman
  •  9 Jeremy Maclin - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 16 Brandon Gerau - Freshman
  • 28 Adam Casey - Redshirt Senior
  • 29 Jerrell Jackson - Freshman
  • 36 Tyron Reece - Junior
  • 80 Terry Dennis - Freshman
  • 81 Danario Alexander - Junior
  • 84 Tommy Saunders - Redshirt Senior
  • 88 Forrest Shock - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 89 Blake May - Redshirt Senior

Offensive Line

  • 53 Travis Ruth - Freshman
  • 55 Daniel Jenkins - Freshman
  • 57 Brad Madison - Freshman
  • 58 Brendan Donaldson - Freshman
  • 61 Colin Brown - Redshirt Senior
  • 62 Tim Barnes - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 63 Ryan Schleusner - Redshirt Junior
  • 65 Mike Prince - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 66 Austin Wuebbels - Freshman
  • 67 J.T. Beasley - Freshman
  • 68 Dain Wise - Redshirt Junior
  • 69 Kevin Mansco - Sophomore
  • 70 Lance Honeycutt - Freshman
  • 71 Jayson Palmgren - Freshman
  • 72 Elvis Fisher - Freshman
  • 73 Thomas Hellm - Sophomore
  • 75 John Gourley - Freshman
  • 76 Ryan Madison - Redshirt Senior
  • 77 Dan Hoch - Freshman
  • 78 Kurtis Gregory - Redshirt Junior
  • 79 Taylor Davis - Freshman

Tight Ends

  • 17 Marvin Norman - Freshman
  • 43 Jon Gissinger - Redshirt Junior
  • 45 Chase Coffman - Senior
  • 48 Caleb Medley - Freshman
  • 82 Michael Egnew - Freshman
  • 86 Beau Brinkley - Freshman
  • 87 Andrew Jones - Freshman
  • 93 Andy Loyd - Redshirt Sophomore
 

Quarterbacks

Running (Tail) Backs

  •  1 Jimmy Jackson - Redshirt Senior
  • 17 Drew Temple - Redshirt Freshman
  • 24 Derrick Washington - Sophomore
  • 26 Ryan Evans - Freshman
  • 26 De'Vion Moore - Freshman
  • 46 Shawn Scott - Junior

Defensive Line

  •  2 Brian Coulter - Junior
  • 38 Stryker Sulak - Redshirt Senior
  • 39 Tyler Crane - Sophomore
  • 48 Tommy Chavis - Senior
  • 59 Zach Milligan - Redshirt Junior
  • 64 Joe Schumacher - Senior
  • 85 Aldon Smith - Freshman
  • 90 Dominique Hamilton - Freshman
  • 91 Jimmy Burge - Freshman
  • 92 Andy Maples - Junior
  • 93 Terrell Resonno - Freshman
  • 94 Evander "Ziggy" Hood - Senior
  • 95 Chris Earnhardt - Freshman
  • 96 Jaron Baston - Redshirt Junior
  • 97 Marcus Malbrough - Freshman
  • 98 Bart Coslet - Redshirt Junior
  • 99 Jacquies Smith - Freshman

Linebackers

  •  5 Van Alexander - Redshirt Senior
  •  6 Andrew Gachkar - Sophomore
  • 12 Sean Weatherspoon - Junior
  • 18 Steve Redmond - Redshirt Senior
  • 25 Aaron O'Neal - Redshirt Senior
  • 30 Caleb Freeman - Freshman
  • 32 Will Ebner - Freshman
  • 33 Luke Lambert - Sophomore
  • 34 Brock Christopher - Senior
  • 35 Jeff Gettys - Junior
  • 45 Marlon Galbreath - Redshirt Junior
  • 52 George White - Freshman
  • 54 Jared Culver - Freshman
 

Safety

  •  1 William Moore Redshirt Senior
  •  8 Justin Garrett - Senior
  • 10 Gilbert Moye - Freshman
  • 14 Fred Trotman - Freshman
  • 24 Mack Breed - Redshirt Senior

Strong Safety

  •  7 Munir Prince - Junior

Free Safety

  • 15 Del Howard - Junior

Defensive Backs

  •  4 Hardy Ricks - Redshirt Junior
  •  9 Kip Edwards - Freshman
  • 11 Tremane Vaughns - Senior
  • 13 Kenji Jackson - Freshman
  • 19 Carl Gettis - Sophomore
  • 20 Kevin Rutland - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 21 Castine Bridges - Redshirt Senior
  • 22 Robert Steeples - Freshman
  • 28 Evan Scott - Freshman
  • 31 Trey Hobson - Sophomore
  • 35 Matt Davis - Redshirt Junior
  • 40 Zavier Gooden - Freshman

Punters

  • 36 Jake Harry - Junior

Kickers

  • 91 Tanner Mills - Junior
  • 95 Grant Ressel - Freshman
  • 97 Trey Barrow - Freshman
  • 99 Jeff Wolfert - Redshirt Senior
† Starter at position     † LB Aaron O'Neal died on July 12, 2005 at 19, yet remains on the Tigers' roster for the remainder of his eligibility

Player Bio: Aaron O'Neal - MISSOURI OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE MISSOURI OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE - Football

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Years
at MU
Alma mater (Year)
Gary Pinkel[27] Head Coach 8 Kent State (1975)
Dave Christensen Assistant Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks
Offensive Line
8 Western Washington (1985)
Matt Eberflus Associate Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Safeties
8 Toledo (1993)
Cornell Ford Cornerbacks 8 Toledo (1991)
Andy Hill Wide Receivers 13 University of Missouri (1985)
Brian Jones Running Backs 8 Connecticut (1981)
Craig Kuligowski Defensive Line 8 Toledo (1991)
Dave Steckel Linebackers 8 Kutztown (1982)
Bruce Walker Tight Ends
Assistant Offensive Line
8 Central Washington (1983)
David Yost Quarterbacks
Recruiting Coordinator
8 Kent State (1992)
Barry Odom Assistant AD for Football Operations 6 University of Missouri (1999)
Nick Otterbacher Director of Football Recruiting 5 Toledo (2002)

Coaching staff from: "Missouri Tigers - 2008 Roster". CSTV.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2007. 

Rankings[edit]

(as of January 9, 2009)

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 or FINAL FINAL
AP 6 6 6 5 6 4 3 11 16 14 13 12 12 12 19 25   (Dec. 7, 2008) 19[28]
Coaches 7 7 6 5 5 3 2 12 16 14 13 11 11 11 17 23   (Dec. 7, 2008) 16[28]
Harris Not released 4 4 11 16 14 13 11 11 11 18 24   (Dec. 7, 2008), FINAL -
BCS Not released 15 14 14 12 13 13 20 21   (Dec. 7, 2008), FINAL -

Statistics[edit]

Statistics from: "Missouri Tigers - Cumulative Season Statistics". CSTV.com. December 31, 2008. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 

Team[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

MU Opp
SCORING     591     381
  Points per Game     42.2     27.2
FIRST DOWNS     358     327
  Rushing     100     110
  Passing     235     199
  Penalty       23       18
RUSHING YARDAGE   2,153   1,748
  Gained   2,407   2,219
  Lost     -254     -471
  Attempts     417     510
  Avg per Rush       5.2       3.4
  Avg per Game     153.8     124.9
  TDs Rushing       28       19
PASSING YARDAGE   4,625   4,013
  Comp-Att-Int   404-565-18   374-583-14
  Avg per Pass       8.2       6.9
  Avg per Catch     11.4     10.7
  Avg per Game     330.4     286.6
  TDs Passing       41       29
MU Opp
TOTAL OFFENSE   6,778   5,761
  Total Plays      982   1,093
  Avg per Play      6.9     5.3
  Avg per Game   484.1   411.5
Fumbles-Lost   13-8   19-8
Penalties-Yards   58-524   98-827
  Avg per Game   37.4   59.1
Punts-Yards   34-1,397   72-2,788
  Avg per Punt   41.1    38.7
  Net punt avg   37.7   32.9
Time of Possession/Game   26:08   33:31
3rd Down Conversions   87/163 (53%)   106/230 (46%)
4th Down Conversions   6/14 (43%)   14/27 (52%)
Sacks By-Yards     33-254     16-94
Misc. Yards     14     0
Touchdowns Scored    76    50
Field Goals-Attempts-Long   20-27 (74%)   10-14 (71%)
On-Side Kicks     0-0     1-1
Red-Zone Scores     58-65 (89%)     36-50 (72%)
Red-Zone TDs     46-65 (71%)     29-50 (58%)
PAT-Attempts   73-73 (100%)   47-49 (96%)
ATTENDANCE   387,120 264,910
  Games / Avg per Game     6 / 64,520   4 / 66,228
  Neutral Site   4 / 68,138

Scores by quarter[edit]

(through December 29, 2008)

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Missouri 121 191 147 125 7 591
Opponents 68 112 93 108 0 381

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Derrick Washington   14   177       1,078   42   1,036   5.9   17   59   74.0
Jeremy Maclin   14     40         306   13     293   7.3     2   56   20.9
Chase Daniel   14     69         384 103     281   4.1     1   48   20.1
Jimmy Jackson   14     59         275   28     247   4.2     6   37   17.6
De'Vion Moore   13     41         251   20     231   5.6     1   55   17.8
Blaine Gabbert     5       6           37   15       22   3.7     0   30     4.4
Shawn Scott     3       4           23     1       22   5.5     0     8     7.3
Tommy Saunders   14       3           14     0       14   4.7     0     8     1.0
Jerrell Jackson   13       2           11     1       10   5.0     0   11     0.8
Chase Patton     8       5           19   10         9   1.8     1   11     1.1
Danario Alexander   12       2             6     0         6   3.0     0     3     0.5
Tyrone Reece     2       3             3     5         -2   -0.7     0     3     -1.0
TEAM   11       4             0     8         -8   -2.0     0     0     -0.7
Jared Perry   14       2             0     8         -8   -4.0     0     0     -0.6
TOTAL   14   417       2,407   254   2,153   5.2   28   59   153.8
Opponents   14   510       2,219   471   1,748   3.4   19   93   124.9

Passing[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

Name (G) Effic Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Chase Daniel (14) 159.44 385-528-18   72.9 4,335   39   80   309.6
Chase Patton (8) 176.47   12-18-0   66.7   196     1   48     24.5
Blaine Gabbert (5)   66.25     5-13-0   38.5     43     0   14       8.6
Tommy Saunders (14) 479.20     2-2-0 100.0     51     1   32       5.1
Chase Coffman (12)   0.00     0-1-0     0.0       0     0     0       0.0
Danario Alexander (12)   0.00     0-1-0     0.0       0     0     0       0.0
TEAM (11)   0.00     0-2-0     0.0       0     0     0       0.0
TOTAL (14) 157.84 404-565-18 71.5 4,625   41   80   330.4
Opponents (14) 133.58 374-583-14 64.2 4,013   29   65   286.6

Receiving[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

Name GP No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Jeremy Maclin   14 102   1,260   12.4   13   80     90.0
Chase Coffman   12   90     987   11.0   10   48     82.2
Tommy Saunders   14   72     833   11.6     7   69     59.5
Jared Perry   14   41     567   13.8     4   38     40.5
Derrick Washington   14   29     277     9.6     2   28     19.8
Danario Alexander   12   26     329   12.7     5   39     27.4
Andrew Jones   13   20     146     7.3     0   15     11.2
Jerrell Jackson   13     9       98   10.9     0   15       7.5
Earl Goldsmith   13     5       58   11.6     0   17       4.5
Michael Egnew   13     4       22     5.5     0     7       1.7
Jimmy Jackson   14     3       26     8.7     0   13       1.9
Wes Kemp     7     1       15   15.0     0   15       2.1
Jon Gissinger   14     1       10   10.0     0   10       0.7
Colin Brown   14     1       -3   -3.0     0     0       -0.2
TOTAL   14   404   4,625   11.4   41   80   330.4
Opponents   14   374   4,013   10.7   29   65   286.6

Field Goals / PAT[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

Name FG-FGA Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lng Blkd PAT Pts.
Jeff Wolfert   20-27 74.1   1-1   5-5   6-7   7-9   1-5   51   2 73-73 133

Special teams[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Jeff Wolfert   7     297 42.4 54 1 0 3 0 103     6,550 63.6 15 1
Jake Harry 26   1,057 40.7 55 3 5 10 0
Grant Ressel   1       43 43.0 43 0 1 0 0
Tanner Mills   3       203 67.7 0 0
TOTAL 34   1,397 41.1 55 4 6 13 0 106     6,753 63.7 15 1
Opponents 72   2,788 38.7 69 6 20 23 1   70     3,903 55.8   4 1
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Jeremy Maclin 23 270 11.7   1 75 42 1,010   24.0   1 99
Tommy Saunders   2   24 12.0   0 15
Will Ebner   2     6   3.0   0   0
Jimmy Jackson 10   119   11.9   0 22
Tru Vaughns   3     67   22.3   0 24
Jon Gissinger   3     26     8.7   0 12
Earl Goldsmith   2     22   11.0   0 15
Jeff Gettys   1       1     1.0   0   1
TOTAL   27 300 11.1   1 75 61 1,245   20.4   1 99
Opponents   11   35   3.2   0 11 88 2,018   22.9   1 97

Interceptions[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

Name No. Yds Avg TD Long
Sean Weatherspoon     3   100     33.3   2   65
Brock Christopher     3     39     13.0   1   22
Kenji Jackson     2     34     17.0   0   25
Jaron Baston     1       5       5.0   0     5
Castine Bridges     1       7       7.0   0     7
Kevin Rutland     1     12     12.0   0   12
Jeff Gettys     1     27     27.0   1   27
William Moore     1     17     17.0   1   17
Carl Gettis     1     27     27.0   0   27
TOTAL   14   268     19.1   5   65
Opponents   18   158       8.8   1   39

Fumble Returns[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

Name No. Yds Avg TD Long
Jaron Baston     1     18   18.0   0   18
TOTAL     1     18   18.0   0   18
Opponents     1     23   23.0   0   23

Defense[edit]

(to December 29, 2008)

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Saf
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No.-Yds Int-Yds. BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF
Sean Weatherspoon 14     76   79   155   18.5-75     5.0-46     3-100     7     6       -   2     -   -
Brock Christopher 14     51   54   105     7.5-20     1.0-6     3-39     6     3     1-0   -     -   -
Justin Garrett 14     51   38     89     1.5-3       -       -     6     3       -   -     -   -
William Moore 12     55   31     86     6.5-19     1.0-10     1-17     6     1       -   3     -   -
Carl Gettis 14     52   26     78     4.0-8       -     1-27     4     -     1-0   -     -   -
Castine Bridges 12     49   20     69     4.5-8     0.5-2     1-7     7     -       -   -     -   -
Kenji Jackson 13     40   22     62       -       -     2-34     1     -       -   1     -   -
Ziggy Hood 14     31   31     62     7.0-42     5.0-37       -     2   12     2-0   -     1   -
Luke Lambert 14     30   28     58     3.5-7     1.0-2       -     1     -     1-0   1     -   -
Stryker Sulak 14     29   26     55   15.5-106   10.5-94       -     6     6       -   6     1   -
Tru Vaughns 14     26   23     49     2.5-5     1.0-4       -     3     -       -   -     -   -
Jaron Baston 14     17   32     49     8.0-22     1.0-8     1-5     1     1     2-18   -     -   -
Jacquies Smith 14     22   24     46     3.0-6     1.0-3       -     2     2       -   -     -   -
Tommy Chavis 13     21   23     44     6.0-31     3.0-20       -     2     6       -   2     -   -
Del Howard 13     22   19     41       -       -       -     1     -       -   -     -   -
Hardy Ricks 14     26   13     39     1.5-6       -       -     -     1       -   -     -   -
Brian Coulter 12     13   16     29     6.5-44     3.0-22       -     2     1       -   2     -   -
Andrew Gachkar 14     13   15     28     1.0-2       -       -     1     -       -   -     -   -
Kevin Rutland 14     16     9     25       -       -     1-12     5     -     1-0   -     -   -
Will Ebner 14     15     6     21     3.0-20       -       -     -     1       -   -     1   -
Dominique Hamilton 13       8   10     18     0.5-0       -       -     1     -       -   1     -   -
Chris Earnhardt   7       7   10     17     1.0-4       -       -     -     2       -   -     -   -
Trey Hobson 12     10     6     16     1.0-1       -       -     1     -       -   -     -   -
Terrell Resonno 14       7     6     13     1.0-2       -       -     -     1       -   -     -   -
TEAM 11       4     7     11       -       -       -     1     -       -   -     -   1
Van Alexander   8       2     5       7       -       -       -     -     -       -   -     -   -
Jeff Gettys 14       5     1       6       -       -     1-27     -     -       -   -     -   -
Others (17) 14     11   13     24       -       -       -     -     -       -   -     -   -
TOTAL 14   709 593 1,302   103-431   33- 254   14-268   66   46     8-18 18     3   1
Opponents 14   510 526 1,036   77-250   16- 94   18-158   38   16     8-23   9     2   1

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