March 3, 2009

Spring preview: Wideouts

The Missouri Tigers are set to start spring ball in one week. Over the next few days, will take an in-depth look at the roster as we start our spring ball previews. Today, it's wide receiver position that draws the focus.

The Favorites: Danario Alexander and Jared Perry have starting spots all but locked up at this point. Both are proven seniors who should be on the first-string. The third spot is up for grabs, but the early lead has to go to Jerrell Jackson. Jackson saw the field as a true freshman. He didn't put up big numbers, but does have familiarity with Blaine Gabbert and caught six passes in the second half against SEMO last season. He should open the spring as the third starter.

The Challengers: Rolandis Woodland is the player that hasn't seen the field that most fans seem to be excited about. The Tiger coaches share that enthusiasm and Woodland will get a long look. Sophomore Wes Kemp will have his chance to earn time in the spring. The third reserve spot is likely a competition between redshirt freshman Gahn McGaffie, former defensive back LaRoderick Thomas and walk-on Brandon Gerau, who could not only earn a spot on the two-deep, but also a scholarship, with a strong spring.

Spring Prediction: Jackson should emerge from the spring as the third starter, but that does not mean the race is over. Woodland and Kemp figure to press him well into August. All seven of the players mentioned above are likely to see action this fall, but the top five receivers will be those who receive major playing time. We figure Perry, Alexander, Jackson, Woodland and Kemp are those five. But don't rule out Gerau, who has consistently made plays in practice over the last year.

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