August 2, 2006

Secondary loaded with potential and unknowns

The defensive backfield is the only spot where Missouri is breaking in a significant number of new starters. Three of the four defensive backs starting the 2006 opener will be different than they were a year ago.

There is little doubt this secondary has the potential to be much better than any Gary Pinkel has put on the field.

First of all, they'd nearly have to try to be much worse than a year ago. While Overstreet had a breakout season, Calvin Washington played less and less as the season went on. A.J. Kincade and Marcus King were torched repeatedly by good receivers. Hank Baskett, D'Juan Woods and Sidney Rice had field days against Mizzou.

A reason for hope is the second half of the Independence Bowl. With Terrell in the game, Missouri was much better at slowing Rice. He had 190 yards in the first half and just 15 in the second. Terrell also picked the pass that iced the win for Missouri.

He will be looked at as the lockdown corner on this team. A season ago, Terrell struggled through all of fall camp and did not truly pick up the position until mid-season. There will be no growing pains this season.

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