With the start of fall camp, Tuesday's Top Tigers makes its return to PowerMizzou.com. Each week from now through the end of football season, we will rank the 11 Tigers who had the best week, either during practice or on game day. A player's ranking one week has no bearing on his placement on the list the next week. On to our first ranking, from the first week of camp:
Coming into camp, Simpson was not a player who was on the radar really. But his improvement has really eased the pain of playing without starters Hardy Ricks and Darnell Terrell. He made a nice interception of Chase Patton on Monday.
Franklin has not really done anything that has surprised anyone. However, he just shows up every single day. He is the preferred target for Daniel and has turned into a solid leader. Franklin had four catches for 78 yards on Monday.
Christopher goes about his business quietly, but if the Missouri defense is going to make the improvements many hope it will, the middle linebacker will be a major part of it. He has been strong in camp so far.
Maclin is on this list in large part because we've been waiting so long to see him. If he has lost much since his knee injury, he must have been amazing before it. Maclin has had a solid camp and will be a big part of the rotation.
Jackson has had plenty of chances to impress with Tony Temple and Marcus Woods now both down with an injury. He has done a solid job and looks faster than I thought he was. The job is Temple's, but Jackson has another few days to prove he can be a capable No. 2.