November 1, 2006

Breaking down the Missouri Tiger defense

Who: Missouri Tigers
School Location: Columbia, Missouri
School Colors: Old Gold and Black

2006 Record: 7-2 overall, 3-2 in Big 12
National Ranking: No. 25
Conference: Big 12 (North Division)

Head Coach: Gary Pinkel (Kent, 1975): In sixth season at Missouri (36-32, 2-3 vs. Nebraska)
Defensive Coordinator: Matt Eberflus

When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, 11 a.m. (CDT)
Where: Memorial Stadium - Tom Osborne Field
Radio: Host Communications
Series Record: Nebraska leads 62-34-3
Base Defensive Formation: 4-3

On The Line: Although the Tigers will be without the services of career sacks leader Brian Smith, who suffered a hip injury against Kansas State two weeks ago, Missouri's attacking defensive line will present a formidable challenge for the Nebraska O-line. Mizzou has a strong pass rush that has tallied 30 quarterback sacks this season. Senior defensive end Xzavie Jackson (6-4, 275) has recorded 36 tackles this season, including eight behind the line of scrimmage. He's recorded five quarterback sacks, three pass break-ups and has a fumble recovery and interception to his credit. At the other end spot, sophomore Stryker Sulak (6-5, 245) also has 36 tackles to go along with a sack and fumble recovery. Nose tackle Lorenzo Williams (6-1, 290) and tackle Ziggy Hood (6-3, 285) have combined for 50 tackles, 8.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

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