The future is now for the Missouri Tigers football team, and that future looks very bright.
The Missouri Tigers football team took the field at Faurot Field for the first time in 2014, as they played in front of thousands of fans in the annual Black & Gold Game.
This was their first game since losing many starters on both sides of the ball, including James Franklin, Dorial Green-Beckham, L’Damian Washington, Marcus Lucas, Henry Josey, Justin Britt, Andrew Wilson, E.J. Gaines, Kony Ealy, and Michael Sam.
Yes. That is a very long list.
But Tigers fans need not to worry. Quarterback Maty Mauk may be one of the best quarterbacks in Mizzou history by the time his career is finished in Columbia. Even without the team’s top three receivers from last season, Mauk made due with what he had.
In one half against the 2nd team defense, Mauk had 129 yards passing on 11 completions, as well as two runs for 13 yards and a touchdown, according to David Morrison.
The starting defense didn’t do too bad themselves. In one half against the second team offense, they allowed only 32 yards on 15 plays. Big plays by new defensive lineman Markus Golden helped keep the back-up’s offense scoreless.
While this year’s potential starters shined in the first half, it was all about the back-ups in the second half. Two players that made impacts in the second half were quarterbacks Trent Hosick and Marvin Zanders.
Hosick, a redshirt freshman, and Zanders, a true freshman, both had explosive scoring plays. Hosick threw a 90-yard touchdown to Eric Laurent, while Zanders took the ball to the end zone himself on an 80-yard scramble.
The 2014 Tigers will have a difficult time repeating their success from last year, but the team is up for the challenge. The SEC East is as wide open as ever, and the Tigers have a legitimate chance at repeating as SEC East champions.
This team is young, but this team is very talented. With the likes of Mauk, Golden, and other key players, Missouri will be a tough team for anyone to beat. The road to the 2014 SEC championship just started yesterday, but these Tigers are already on the prowl.
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