However apart from Rountree, proper deal with Larry Borom and (maybe) broad receiver Damon Hazelton, who has not introduced whether or not he’ll return for one more season, the Tigers regain each vital piece of offense subsequent yr.
“All of this gear goes to be a constructing block for the longer term,” Drinkwitz mentioned. “I feel the one factor I’ve discovered this yr, greater than something, is that everybody must be keen to contribute.”
Squad attrition all through the season had a deeper impression on protection. Accidents, exclusion choices, COVID circumstances and phone tracing totaled as many as 30 video games misplaced for gamers who would have been in weekly rotations on protection, together with 18 video games misplaced for defensive linemen. Within the season-ending loss at Mississippi State, the Tigers began with security Mason Pack and performed quarterback Shawn Robinson as an additional defensive again, whereas two first-year backups received defensive performs.
Through the 10-game season, MU saved 5 opponents beneath their season common in yards per play and the identical 5 opponents beneath their season scoring common. The opposite 5 surpassed their yardage and level averages in opposition to the Tigers, indicating that Mizzou’s protection was the very definition of common. That does not absolve the protection’s late-season struggles in opposition to Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi State. The Tigers have apparent areas to deal with in 2021.