July 8, 2008

Camp Countdown: Five fresh faces

The first day of the college football season is now just 34 days away with Mizzou's first practice set for Monday, August 4th. Each day until then, PowerMizzou.com takes a look at a different aspect of the 2008 Tiger team entering camp. Today, we focus on five new faces who could see valuable time this year. These players do not have to be true freshmen, just players who did not play in 2007. They are ranked by the impact we believe they will have on the 2008 season.

5. Dan Hoch, OL

When you hear a kid's name as often as we have heard the name Dan Hoch in recent months, you just have to believe he's going to see the field. The last freshmen we heard get this much attention this early on was Ziggy Hood and he played right away. At this point, the question is where Hoch plays. He is likely either a backup to Kurtis Gregory at left tackle, or battling inside for more playing time at one of the guard spots.

2. Zaviar Gooden, S

Every year, there is one player that comes out of nowhere to shed a redshirt and play well. In the past, players like Jared Perry and Sean Weatherspoon have fit that description. This year, our money is on Zaviar Gooden. Physically, he looks nothing like an 18-year old true freshman. He is also learning from the best safety perhaps in the country in William Moore. While there are older players in front of him, Del Howard and Gilbert Moye have only played a year apiece at safety and neither has himself firmly entrenched as the third safety. Gooden has a shot to make some serious noise in August.

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