Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Fresh Faces: Missouri
By David Ubben
Here are three Tigers with relatively low profiles throughout the Big 12 who you'll be hearing from this season.
Zaviar Gooden, LB
Gooden has earned a reputation as Missouri's most athletic player, with a 4.37 40-time, a 405-pound bench press and a 40-inch vertical jump at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds. This season, he'll take that onto the field as a probable first-year starter at outside linebacker for the Tigers. As one of the most-used reserves from last season, Gooden notched 30 tackles -- including at least three in six of his final seven games -- and appeared in all 13 games. He'll play in the strongside spot to replace fellow linebacker Andrew Gachkar, who moved to the middle to fill the hole left by first-round pick Sean Weatherspoon. Gooden also wears the honorary No. 25 jersey, given to a Missouri linebacker as a tribute to former Tiger Aaron O'Neal, who died during a voluntary workout in the July 2005. He'll pass it on to another linebacker when his career ends.
T.J. Moe, WR
Moe was one of Missouri's sudden stars during the spring. The former quarterback caught just two passes all of last season while battling an injury, but he rebounded this spring, hauling in 12 passes for 85 yards. He also caught more passes through all five spring scrimmages than any receiver on the Tigers roster. The 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore came to Missouri as the state's Gatorade Player of the Year and should offer some additional depth at receiver behind Jerrell Jackson and Wes Kemp. Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert has to be pleased with that development after losing the nation's leading receiver, Danario Alexander, from last year's team.
Terrell Resonno, DT
Resonno earned significant playing time in 2009 -- including a start in the season opener against Illinois -- but he'll likely be counted on as a starter in his junior season with 27 games of experience. A physical, 6-foot-5, 295-pounder, Resonno sticks out quickly on Missouri's front line, and should have a big impact on the Tigers run defense in 2010. He made 13 tackles as a sophomore, including 1.5 for loss. He also had a career high three tackles in a loss to Texas, later tying the career high with three more against Baylor.
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