Third tigers a charm
Red Wolves prepare to battle second SEC opponent
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 16:09
“It hasn’t been fun around here the last few days.” Yeah, you can say that again Coach Thompson.
After a surprising and demoralizing loss to the Memphis Tigers last weekend, one would expect that the team to have low spirits.
For the most part, however, that has not been the case.
“You know it’s great to be back on the practice field,” defensive coordinator John Thompson said.
“Just after everything that we went through, it’s great to be back. Our guys had great energy.”
“Coach Harsin did a great job of getting practice going and flushing out all the mess that we had and got us out there and had us competing,” Thompson added.
“We actually had some fun and we definitely got better.”
Getting better is the key because, like last week, the Red Wolves face another Tiger but this time in the form of a more difficult opponent in Missouri. It won’t be easy.
The Tigers have an experienced quarterback in James Franklin who knows the system and this system has been the key to their success over the years.
“It looks so easy for them,” Thompson said.
“They do a great job with their numbers and they know what they’re doing. Franklin has been in the system for a long time.”
Franklin has many weapons surrounding him also.
The wide receivers may be the deadliest part of the Tigers offensive game.
The top five receivers on the Tigers depth chart are all taller than six foot.
They also have the young, but extremely talented 6’6” Dorial Green-Beckham, the former number one recruit in the entire country for most recruiting databases.
Stopping these receivers could pose as an issue, but junior defensive back Sterling Young has a different mindset.
“We’re just going to have to go in with a good game plan and execute that game plan. Yeah there is a height advantage. I mean we don’t want to just leave our corners out to dry just straight one on one situation,” Young said.
“We want to give them as much help as possible, but I believe in our corners. I believe that they do a good job man-to-man coverage regardless, so we’re going into the game with a good game plan.”
Sophomore defensive back Rocky Hayes sees no issue with the height advantage.
“Just play ball, really, I don’t think about the height too much. I grew up playing AAU ball so I’ve seen pretty big guys that I’ve played against,” Hayes said.
With the potential for a high scoring affair, the Red Wolf offense will need to be functioning on all cylinders.
Running the hurry up offense will be a must. This is how the team has won the last two years and this is what the team is designed for.
With the nonconference schedule winding down, this will be a huge opportunity to make a statement by beating an SEC team.
“This is on the big stage and against an SEC opponent, so it does have some big time implications behind it,” Young added.
The game will be played in Columbia, Mo. at 6:30 p.m. and televised on Comcast Sports South (CSS), Cox Sports Television (CST) and ESPN3.