October 12, 2006

Offense fits Daniel just fine

The Missouri coaching staff is getting a lot of credit as it prepares for its second consecutive game in the Lone Star State this weekend. Everybody wants to know how Gary Pinkel's staff has been unable to unearth under-the-radar players from the state of Texas that have become key contributors to Mizzou's best start in 33 years.

"It's the law of numbers," Pinkel said. "And there's a lot of athletes, high level players, that obviously, Texas can't recruit everybody. Our philosophy is to go down there and do a great job evaluating and find those athletes."

And other times, things just work out. The Tigers didn't find the Texas native perhaps most responsible for this blazing start. Chase Daniel found them.

"I knew nothing about Missouri at that time," Daniel said. "I was a junior when (Southlake Carroll coach Todd Dodge) was going out to the conferences. He made a tape up and gave it to Coach Pinkel. I knew the offense that they ran and I knew they liked to run it with Brad (Smith) and I knew that they liked to throw it a lot."

The Tigers had recently made the switch to a spread offense similar to what Urban Meyer was running at Utah. Most fans and observers assumed the offense was installed to exploit the running abilities of Smith, a fact that Pinkel repeatedly denied at the time.

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