(Missouri Football App) -- Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is throwing the obligatory compliments the Tigers’ way in advance of Saturday’s game at the Zou. However it doesn’t take much reading between the lines to see what he is concerned about. Franklin described each phase of Mizzou’s game as being a challenge and made the point that things could be difficult for the Commodores right out of the gate.
“Missouri is 3-2 right now. They've done a great job opening games; they've outscored opponents 38-3 opening games [1st quarter], so I think it's going to be very important that we start out strong.”
“They (Mizzou) are very active on their defensive line. Sheldon Richardson, their defensive tackle, is very active and athletic. I've known him for a long time, because when I was at a previous institution we recruited him, and he was a very good get for Missouri. He's proved his worth. He makes their defense go.”
“They'll go as James Franklin goes. He's very poised, tough, has won a lot of games and been very successful.”
“I think they're running him a little less than they have in the past, due to the shots that he's taken against the defenses. A lot of their running game comes from the short passing game.”
“I could sit here and name all of the different weapons they have surrounded him with. The most important thing we have to be aware of is all of the weapons in the backfield.”
Mizzou Special Teams
"I think special teams were the difference in the game on Saturday for them. Marcus Murphy has three punt returns for touchdowns this year. He swung the momentum their direction when they needed it most. We have to find a way to create big moves on special teams as well."