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Mizzou OC Yost Ready To Challenge SEC Defenses

When Missouri and the SEC announced their marriage, many current fans of Mike Slive’s league wondered if the Tigers could adjust to the demands of the nation’s toughest conference.  But Mizzou offensive coordinator David Yost has a different spin on things.

He’s told ESPN.com that it might be the SEC that has to adjust to the Tigers:


“We will be a spread team and we will try to give people fits in different ways than how other people do it.  There’s not a lot of what we do happening in that league right now.  It’s also a change for them for what they’re going to see because we’re different and we’re different in how we do it.”


Since MU climbed onboard we’ve written more than once that head coach Gary Pinkel could have success in the SEC even without Top 10 recruiting classes.  (Of course, landing #1 player in the country Dorial Green-Beckham this past February helped on that front, too.)

Like Bobby Petrino prior to his dismissal, Gary Pinkel has rolled up a lot of wins in Columbia — and a #1 national ranking in late 2007 — without the benefit of highly-ranked signing classes.  He’s done that in the Big 12, yes, but Petrino’s offensive system was a success in the SEC.  So it’s already been proven that a unique scheme and good playcalling can equal wins even without the nation’s tip-top talent.

If Tiger quarterback James Franklin’s shoulder is ready to go by fall, it will be fun to see just how much success the offense of Pinkel and Yost can have in a league that’s traditionally featured defense-first teams.

 


18 comments
mrose833
mrose833

Oregon is a running spread so you can't take that as a comparison.  The Big 12 palys defense but wehn talented offensive QBs throw to talented WRs 40 times a game a missed assignement is goign to happen and TDs will be scored.  We will see how good the vaunted SEC secondaries are once they get thrown on 40-50 times a game.  Look at the past NFL drafts I think it is obvious that they Big 12 had top level defensive talent (Suh, Von Miller, Aldon Smith, etc...)  PS there were 6 quarterbacks in the Big 12 last year better than any QB in the SEC. 

btlh2oguy
btlh2oguy

Its going to take a lot of adjustments on both sides. Shut down defenses like UGA, Bama, LSU won't have any problems rattling the Mizzou QB. UF, UT, Vandy UK, might have the most trouble with flag football..  ARK & USC will probably be shoot outs.

Rebar
Rebar

We'll see in the second week of the season when they face the Dawgs; UGA will be returning a fearsome front 7 on defense, big men that are very fast and strong!

LJS
LJS

I think Oregon tried to spread out LSU and Auburn the last couple of years?

Hogitall
Hogitall

I'm looking forward to Mizzou in the SEC. UofA and MU will have a great rivalry. I believe they will do well, and surprise many in the SEC. MIZ ...

MoKelly
MoKelly

Well -- if it were me, I wouldn't be broadcasting what we are planning to do on offense. I'd be saying things like "yea, its going to be a real struggle" and things like that to the press. Then, do what you feel will work and see what happens. But don't tell your opponents what your strategy is going to be before you play the first game.

BCarr
BCarr

Can't really disagree about the fan base underestimating SEC talent, particularly on defense. It'd be fair to say that the Tigers will need two years to make an adjustment (meaning that they likely will have to make changes once they get first-hand experience playing against all of the teams). The analogy is similar to when a pitcher from the American League faces a National League batter for the first time. You can watch all of the game film you want but it ain't nothing like the real thing until you experience it up close and personal. I'm optimistic they can have a 7-5 or 8-4 season but I am also realistic to know they won't be going to the Sugar Bowl. 

Statesman
Statesman

I think the adjustment will be larger than what most Tigers (Mizzou) coaches & fans expect.  I think Mizzou fans are underestimating or unaware of the talent at Georgia and South Carolina .   The Big12 has punted playing defense the last few years w/ every team trying to outscore each other.  Everyone knows that does not exist in the SEC.  Mizzou has to get better athletes in the  trenches because the SEC generally decides games up front.  In addition the Big12 puts their best athletes in the skill position on offense, while the SEC will put some of their best athletes on defense(Claiborn at LSU).   Yost will see that this is not the Big12

John
John

Yost needs to get a haircut before anyone starts to take him seriously.  



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