Last season, Missouri introduced the Tiger Stripe and it was a success.
It definitely looked cool and now it’s back.
Fans planning to attend the Missouri-Connecticut game at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium should figure out if they’re supposed to wear black or gold and help make it a success again.
But before selecting your wardrobe, you had questions and Tigers beat writer Tod Palmer did his best to answer them in this week’s mailbag:
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star
Alex, it would not be coach Gary Pinkel’s preference. There are still four running backs in the stable — sophomore Ish Witter, senior Tyler Hunt, junior Morgan Steward and sophomore Chase Abbington — that will get looks against Connecticut.
With senior stud Russell Hansbrough expected back next week, there’s no need to burn a year of eligibility for Winnetonka graduate Marquise Doherty or Lee’s Summit West grad Ryan Williams yet.
Witter left the Arkansas State game after taking a vicious shot, but he passed all of MU’s concussion protocols on the sideline. He was held out as a precaution. Hunt has been dealing with a groin and hamstring strain. Steward’s still battling back from a hip injury that cost him the 2014 season.
There are concerns there, but none warrant such a drastic step at this time.
Dan, quarterback Maty Mauk will continue to get plenty of work in the ground game. He led Missouri with 75 yards in 10 carries at Arkansas State. Otherwise, it’s Witter, Hunt, Steward and Abbington.
Missouri has talent at wide receiver. Nate Brown and J’Mon Moore are talented. Bud Sasser and Jimmie Hunt had plenty of talent. The Tigers also are high on guys like DeSean Blair, Emanuel Hall, Keyon Dilosa, Thomas Richard, Johnathon Johnson, Justin Smith and Richaud Floyd. Are they four-star guys? No, but most of Missouri’s roster isn’t constructed with four- and five-star guys.
The bigger issue this year is that Levi Copelin and Lawrence Lee, a couple guys the Tigers expected to have for the season, got booted from the team. Missouri’s trying to play catch up and balance numbers at that position, but the result was a young group without much experience. These guys have talent, though, and will get better.
Douglas, against that defense I’m not sure Daniel would have fared much better. Denver’s D is really good, especially at getting after the quarterback. Alex Smith didn’t play well, but the two Jamaal Charles fumbles — one in the red zone that took points off the board and another that was returned for the game-winning touchdown — can’t be pinned on Smith.
Ben, I’m sure that he can. I mean, he’s probably capable of showing up, running practices and stalking the bench during games. That said, I don’t think he’d be very good at it and Tigers fans would be praying for a nine-win season.
Trey, are we talking basketball or football? On the gridiron, this seems like another typical Missouri recruiting class — load up on under-the-radar, three-star guys with a couple four-star prospects sprinkled in. It’s been a successful formula and the Tigers are on track for a similar recruiting class.
If you’re asking about basketball, Missouri has a couple kids, Mitchell Smith and Willie Jackson coming in for official visits this weekend.
Gavin, I feel like there’s something missing here. Why is Kim Anderson tall? Handsome? Blessed with such a deep voice? The answer to all those things is genetics.
Now, if that was a metaphysical question about the essence of existence, I suggest you start by reading Socrates and Aristotle, work your way up to more modern philosophers like Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche or Jean-Jacques Rousseau and then do yourself a favor and study Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nothing here is sacrosanct, but it’s all thought-provoking.
If not digested too dogmatically, religious texts like the Bhagavad Gita and Tao Te Ching also can be quite enlightening. From there, postulate your own belief on the nature of being.
To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.