Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/6/12
Overview-
Blaine Gabbert’s departure to the NFL was not a shocker, but did make for some interesting competition coming into 2011. His little brother, Tyler, was battling it out with preseason favorite James Franklin to see who would take over as starting QB. Not only was the starting QB spot up for grabs, the RB position was also in a state of flux going into fall camp. Luckily, some standout performers emerged to have fantastic seasons for the Missouri Tigers. James Franklin and Henry Josey came out of nowhere to lead the 30th ranked scoring offense in the nation to another stellar season.

Biggest Surprise- Henry Josey, Sophomore Running Back
With the Tigers returning their top three rushers from last season, and nobody really distinguishing themselves as a legitimate starter, it was difficult to select one a fantasy option. Boy, were we wrong. Not only did Josey rush for over 1,100 yards on the season, he did it with three games to spare. Josey suffered a devastating leg injury in the win over Texas which may put his 2012 season in doubt because of the significance of the injury. If he makes it back, though, Josey may not return to the form he was at during 2011. It’s a shame too, because he was looking like a very special back and gave Missouri a well-balanced offensive attack.

Biggest Disappointment- Michael Egnew, Senior Tight End
Mizzou has had some major success in recent years at the tight end position so it was no surprise last year when Michael Egnew finished second on the team with 90 catches. Natural progression would tell us that Egnew improved on his stellar season. Not the case. Egnew had a solid, but not spectacular season as his production dipped quite a bit in 2011. Some could be attributed to the fact Blaine Gabbert was not around anymore and starting quarterback James Franklin is more of a dual-threat option than the passing QB he was used to.

2012 Outlook-
Of course the major headline here is that Mizzou will be playing in the newly-renovated SEC where defenses show no mercy on spread offenses like the Tigers run. That means the pressure will assuredly be on junior quarterback James Franklin to try and replicate the type of season he had in 2011 against the rugged defenses the loom on their 2012 schedule. What could make next year more successful for Franklin and Co. is the return of stud RB Henry Josey who would be returning from a devastating leg injury he suffered in the second half of last season. If he cannot make it back, Kendial Lawrence is the first man up to take over. Steady slot man T.J. Moe will return as the favorite target of Franklin, but that could all change once hightly-touted freshman wideout Dorial Green-Beckham steps on campus. DGB already has the speed and body type to make an immediate impact.

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