New Formations for Tigers
Fans at Memorial Stadium Saturday might have seen just another 5 yard gain, but defensive coordinators across the Big 12 may be confused to see the Tigers line up with the two offensive tackles lined up 30 yards out from the center of the field. Not to mention tight ends Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker in the backfield, and quarterback Chase Daniel lined up six yards behind the line of scrimmage, at wide receiver.
"We got so many, I can't even tell you what we call them," said head coach Gary Pinkel.
So many formations that is.
Against Western Michigan, the Tigers ran 18 plays from scrimmage in the first quarter, out 10 different formations. Early this season, Missouri has not been bashful about showing multiple formations.
"Oh, we definitely have a lot, but that's how you keep the defense off balance. You never know what we're gonna do. It's an advantage we have," said senior Tony Temple.
In addition to quarterbacks Daniel and Chase Patton, Rucker and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin received direct snaps.
The Tiger coaching staff has so many formations, they present a folder of them to the officials before the game.
"I've never done that before, and I give it to them and tell them to just make sure they don't give it to our opponents," said Pinkel.
For the third consecutive week, the Tigers showed multiple formations, and Tiger players say there's more to come.
"Ha, so many different things we got lined up. And hey, we're gonna surprise some people with it. We just got to be affective and make it happen," said Temple.
We will see if the Tigers can make it happen again this week against Illinois State.
The Tigers ran another formation in the second half with all of their linemen lined up eight yards apart.
Although coach Pinkel didn't know the name of the formation, Daniel identified it as the "monster" formation.