QB Tyler Gabbert
April 16, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Heading into Missouri's spring game all eyes were on James Franklin and Tyler Gabbert to see who would emerge as the leading candidate to replace likely first round NFL Draft pick Blaine Gabbert at quarterback.
After a windy Saturday in which both candidates had their ups and downs, it's clear that the battle is just getting started.
Franklin had the better day of the two, completing 13 of 21 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, but wasn't able to move the offense consistently. The highlight of his performance came on a scoring drive in which he went 5 for 7 for 52 yards that capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gerau.
"Overall, I thought it went fairly well but the wind was a little tough," Franklin said. "My main goal was to get positive yardage and move the offense and I thought I could have done a better job of that today."
Tyler Gabbert was unable to generate momentum from the start and finished 8 of 22 for just 48 yards and the game's only interception.
"The comfort level was just never really there today," Gabbert said. "I did some good things and some bad but I definitely have a lot of improving to do."
Gabbert came in to the spring listed third on the depth chart but has ascended to the top after turning in strong performances in the spring scrimmages. Through his first two outings he was 36 of 48 for 417 yards and a touchdown, which earned him the title of the team's most improved quarterback this spring.
"I just got more comfortable and got my feet wet and got a lot of reps in," Gabbert said. "As a whole my goal was just to get better every day and I think I accomplished that."
On the defensive side of the ball, a Tiger secondary that will replace three starters from a season ago saw reserve safety Braylon Webb lead the team with seven tackles as well as projected starter E.J. Gaines turn in an interception to go along with two pass deflections.
"We have a lot of guys on the defensive line with several starters back and I think we can be a real good defensive team," coach Gary Pinkel said. "We have a lot of things in place but have to play well consistently and we have to have playmakers come out and make plays."
Whichever candidate wins the job outright will lead an offense that is returning nine starters from a 10-win season a year ago. The Tigers welcome back four starting offensive lineman, a thousand-yard receiver in T.J. Moe, a trio of tailbacks that combined for 1,376 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns as well as first team All-American tight end Michael Egnew.
The battle won't reach a conclusion until later this fall, but the coaching staff believes the offense will continue to produce at high level no matter who calls the plays in the huddle.
"Whoever ends up being the guy out of the group, I'll think we'll be good at quarterback," offensive coordinator Dave Yost said. "We have enough guys around them to take pressure off them so they can go out and make plays."
1st-Half Score – Reserves 21, Starters 10
NOTE – The first half pitted the starting offense and defense against all other strings. The reserves started with a 14-0 lead…
2nd-Half Score – Offense 3, Defense 0
NOTE – The second half started with a 0-0 score, and changed to an offense vs. defense scrimmage…
Team Scoring Description (Qtr./Time)
Mizzou1 Grant Ressel 25 yd FG (1st/4:03)
Offense Trey Barrow 43 yard FG (3rd/3:34)
Tiger Att. Yds. TD
Moore 5 57 0
Lawrence 4 18 0
Gabbert 4 (-18) 0
Murphy 3 18 0
Team 3 (-7) 0
Culver 2 6 0
Wright 2 1 0
Josey 2 0 0
Franklin 2 (-3) 0
Moe 1 15 0
Hunt 1 4 0
McGaffie 1 4 0
TOTALS 30 95 0
Tiger Rec. Yds. TD
Murphy 4 43 1
Waters 3 28 0
Clark 3 23 0
McGaffie 3 23 0
Gerau 3 15 1
Lucas 3 15 0
Egnew 2 23 0
Jones 2 19 0
Washington 2 18 0
Stricker 2 15 0
Culver 2 11 0
Drain 1 8 0
Kemp 1 7 0
Peasel 1 6 0
Jackson 1 6 0
Sasser 1 6 0
Moe 1 3 0
Hunt 1 1 0
Josey 1 4 0
TOTALS 38 283 2
Tiger Comp. Att. Yds. TD Int.
Franklin 13 21 116 2 0
Glaser 14 17 95 0 0
Gabbert 8 22 48 0 1
Howerton 4 6 24 0 0
TOTALS 28 49 283 2 1
INTERCEPTIONS Tiger INTs Yds. Gaines 1 0
Tiger INTs Yds.
Gaines 1 0
Tiger Sacks Yds.
K. Jackson 1 2
Resonno 1 5
Ealy 1 8
Tiger Punts Yds. Avg. Long
Barrow 6 270 45.0 52
Brinser 3 138 46.0 50
Tiger FG-FGA Long XP-XPA
Ressel 1-1 25 2-2
Barrow 1-1 43 1-1
Owens 0-1 40 0-0
Tiger Solo Ast. Total PBU FF FR
Webb 7 - 7 - - -
Randolph 6 1 7 - - -
Easterly 5 1 6 - - -
Burnett 4 1 5 - - -
Ealy 3 1 4 - - -
Hobson 3 1 4 - - 1
Parham 2 2 4 - 1 -
T. Davis 3 - 3 - - -
Ruise 2 1 3 2 - -
Walker 2 1 3 - - -
M. White 2 1 3 - - -
Donaldson 2 - 2 - - -
Hoch 2 - 2 - - -
K. Jackson 1 1 2 2 - -
Edwards 1 - 1 - - -
Resonno 1 - 1 - - -
Gaines 1 - 1 2 - -
Sam 1 - 1 - - -
Gooden 1 - 1 1 - -
Malbrough 1 - 1 - - -
Hamilton 1 - 1 - - -
Vincent 1 - 1 - - -
G. White 1 - 1 - - -
G. Johnson 1 - 1 - - -
Sudhoff 1 - 1 - - -
Brennan 1 - 1 - - -
Ponder - 1 1 - - -
Carpenter - 1 1 - - -
Bolden - - - 1 - -
Quotes From Head Coach Gary Pinkel
On this season…
“Overall we got a lot of work done we had a lot of substitutions. We started the defense front out. There was a substitution every quarter to let us evaluate personal we will do that at al l5 practices and move it into august and let the competition start all over again. Overall we had a good spring everyone stayed relatively healthy. It was about getting experience and getting a lot of plays in, it makes everybody better.“
On a dominating defense…
“It’s always good to be a real good defensive team. Anytime you have a good quarterback and you run the ball the better it can be. Last season we ran the ball a lot more than we've done in the past. We are going to do a spread offense and throw the football. I think a lot of times you have to see where you are at and where you are going we have a lot of good players and both quarterback are very talented so we just have to see what happens.”
On big 12 next season…
“I think our league will be better, no disrespect to the two teams that left. But we play everybody, the competition is tough and I think its will be a great league I'm excited that the new contract was signed because it solidifies the league forever, and I think that’s a huge plus for us besides the financial impact it has, but I think the big 12 will be a great league.”
On the depth chart …
“We will have a depth chart up probably around the end of this week, but just like anything this will go into August. The evaluation is not just of this game but of the 14 practices and goes into August that’s where it starts. I’ve seen a lot of guys move up the charts. There is a lot of competition. A lot of guys who are competitors in a lot of place certainly wide receiver and defensive line along with quarter back so it will take care of itself”
“I don’t like getting involved in the process I like to let it take care of itself. We have two great competitors. We will see where it goes. There is not a timetable. Let the competition begin. We thought Tyler was most improved, you saw he got the most approved award. Overall its something I've done for a long time. We just have to let the players determine it. “
“We have a lot of guys on the defensive line with several starters backs. I think Tavon Bolden had a great spring he definitely has William Moore ability. We have a lot of things in place. We have everyone back on offense except for quarterback and center. We have to play well and play consistent we have to have playmakers come out. At this point we have to get back to work. “
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