The Missouri Tigers will be without their second-leading receiver, Jimmie Hunt, for the Citrus Bowl against the Minnesota Gophers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter reported Hunt underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday.
Hunt was second on the team in receptions (40), yardage (698) and receiving touchdowns (7) this season. The senior is also coming off the best game of his career against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game. Hunt amassed an impressive 169 yards after beating the Alabama secondary deep multiple times.
Without Hunt in the lineup, the Tigers’ spread offense will feature a new slot receiver.
The two receivers Missouri’s head coach mentioned have caught a total of five passes this season. Otte, a senior, is the experienced option, but Brown presents a matchup problem at 6-3 and 205 pounds. Both may be required to step up in Hunt’s absence.
Minnesota is yet another big and physical team in Missouri’s way. The Tigers’ spread offense needs to be firing on all cylinders to score quickly once the Gophers try to control the clock with their running game and sound defense.
This is the end, Brady Hoke, the end.
It started so beautifully for Hoke as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. The Wolverines were 11-2 during Hoke’s first season at the helm of the program. He’s now lost three of team’s last four contests against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Utah Utes and Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The final straw, which may ultimately determine Hokes fate, may be Saturday’s 30-14 loss Saturday to the Gophers. Jerry Kill‘s squad dominated the contest from start to finish.
In fact, the Wolverines’ start to this season is the worst in the school’s history.
It wasn’t simply that the Wolverines lost the Little Brown Jug for the second time to the Gophers in 23 years. It was how the team lost.
First, Michigan was dominated physically by the Gophers at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Gophers ran the ball 47 times for 206 yards. Senior running back David Cobb ran over, through and past the Wolverines to the tune of 183 yards.
On the defensive side of the football, Minnesota harassed Michigan’s quarterbacks all game. It got to the point where first-time starter Shane Morris had to be pulled due to an injured ankle.
There was even one point when Hoke put Morris back into the game, and it wasn’t clear whether or not the quarterback suffered a concussion from a massive hit.
Hoke is out of excuses after the Morris debacle. The young quarterback was billed as the future of the program. The coach decided to pull his senior signal caller Devin Gardner after a poor outing last week. But the sophomore didn’t provide the answer the team was looking for.
There is no where else for Hoke to turn. The Wolverines are 2-3, and their record indicates exactly the level of football program they are at the moment. That’s a direct reflection on its coaching staff.