April 12th, 2012 02:35 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
Tags: David Yost, Gary Pinkel, James Franklin, SEC
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.
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