September 12, 2007

Broncos to face another tough QB

The Tigers run a no-huddle, spread attack with as many as five receivers lining up on every snap. Chase Daniel will take every snap out of the shotgun and will frequently feature an empty backfield behind him. The Tigers ranked eighth in the nation in total offense a year ago and averaged 30.8 points per game in Daniel's first season as a starter. Mizzou has led the nation in number of offensive plays per game for two consecutive seasons.

At quarterback, Daniel set a school record by throwing for five touchdowns in his first career start last season against Murray State. He never looked back, setting single season marks for yards and touchdowns in his first full season. He is a second-team all-Big 12 selection on pre-season ballots this year and has been mentioned as a potential Big 12 offensive player of the year. Through two weeks, Daniel has nearly 700 yards passing, eight touchdowns and no interceptions. He has not thrown a pick in 234 attempts and could set the national record this week if he is not picked off by the Broncos. Daniel is even starting to be mentioned by some as a dark horse Heisman candidate.

Beside Daniel in the backfield will be Tony Temple, who looks finally ready to fulfill the four-star status he carried into Columbia three years ago. Temple ran for 1,063 yards a season ago and is the Big 12's leading returning rusher. As a junior, the Sun Bowl was his true coming out party. Temple ran for 193 yards and had briefly set the bowl record for rushing yards before being thrown for a loss on his final carry of the game. While he had a standout fall camp, Temple was never able to get anything going against the Illini. He carried 17 times for just 33 yards. It was only the second time in 50 years a Tiger tailback has had at least 17 carries and averaged less than two yards an attempt. But Temple bounced back strong with 123 yards on 17 carries against Ole Miss.

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