September 2, 2007

Tiger report card: Grades are in

Missouri survived a second-half comeback by Illinois and won the season-opener 40-37. There were some highlights, quite a few lowlights, and some downright nervous moments. PowerMizzou.com hands out the season's first grade card.

Quarterback

Two things you cannot question are Chase Daniel's heart and his guts. The hit he took would have sidelined most, and frankly, probably should have kept the Tiger QB on the sideline. He did throw for 359 yards and three touchdowns without an interception and the numbers look really good. But this was far from Daniel's best game. He seemed to fail to see the rush a couple of times, at least once leading to a turnover inside his five-yard line. The numbers should have been better because his receivers dropped at least two, but Daniel can be far better…and he will have to be down the road.

Final Grade: B-

Running Backs

Well, it is a little tough to grade Tony Temple. He had a defender, or five, in his face virtually every time he touched the ball. Temple did make a couple nice runs, but he lost yardage as often as he gained it. Outside of Temple, we saw only Earl Goldsmith in the game. It appeared Goldsmith missed a block on the sack and fumble of Daniel. Once again, the Tiger tailbacks were no factor in the passing game.

Final Grade: D

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