by MizzMatt - 4/9/11 on Twitter @mizzou_matt
So, what does it mean that Tyler looks to be the new #1?
It might be that offensive coordinator David Yost is afraid to revamp the spread-style offense that Missouri ran so well last season. It might be because Franklin thought he was a shoe-in, and started getting lackadaisical in his training. Or, just maybe, it might be because Tyler has that much talent. Remember back to 2005, when Chase Daniel bumped Chase Patton out of his number-2 spot behind Brad Smith. The rest, as they say, is history.
In his first scrimmage, T-Gab went an impressive 20/27 on passing with 206 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown to L'Damian Washington and no interceptions. Tyler has been bitten by the turnover bug in spring, as he has given up a freebie to defensive lineman Brad Madison.
Despite losing Blaine, Coach Yost has seen a similarity in Tyler to the potential #1 pick in the NFL draft, just in a smaller package. Tyler, who checks in at just 6' tall, five inches shorter than his older brother, offers a similar dynamic to six-foot-one Chase Daniel- short, yet mobile. "He's very similar to Blaine in release and arm strength," said Yost, "and he's probably a quicker side-to-side athlete as Blaine is. Blaine is faster straight ahead." Yost went on to say, "You normally emulate somebody when you throw the ball. I'm not sure who Blaine did, but I know who Tyler did, and it's paid off well for him."
The final spring scrimmage will provide some insight as to who the better candidate is, but as everybody in and out of the media have learned over the past three weeks, do not believe anything until you see it with your own eyes. After all, this is the "Show-Me" state.
The final spring scrimmage, the Black & Gold game is set for Saturday, April 16th at 1p.