The first season under coach Barry Odom at Missouri isn’t off to a great start. The Tigers are 2-3, but the wins have come against non-power five opponents and the losses have come against two SEC schools and West Virginia.
While the Missouri offense has improved over last season, the defense is coming off an outing in which it allowed 42 points to LSU. Defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross told Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that changes to his defense will be obvious this week when the Tigers play at No. 18 Florida.
Cross indicated to Matter that changes would involved the outside linebacker position, but he would not be more specific. Matter noted that the team has not changed its depth chart at linebacker with Mike Scherer, Donavin Newsom and Joey Burkett still listed as the starters.
“We’re doing some things different this week,” Cross told Matter. “I’ll say that. We’re hoping the changes we’ve made will spark us. We needed a spark. I think we’ve gotten it with a couple tweaks and changes. But it still comes down to execution.”
Missouri ranks 83rd in the nation in total defense, giving up 421 yards per game. The Tigers are tied at 42nd in the nation in scoring defense giving up 23.4 points per game. So it has been a mixed bag so far as players adjust to the defense Cross implemented this season.