Injury-laden Missouri limps into Jack Trice

Jordan Gizzarelli

A number of injuries to Missouri’s [2-5, 1-3] lineup should aid the Cyclones in their attempt to earn the program’s first winning season since 1989. For the third time in four games, Iowa State’s opponent will be without their starting quarterback due to an injury.This week, it is Missouri’s Kirk Farmer that will be watching from the sidelines. Stepping in for Farmer is redshirt freshmen Darius Outlaw, fresh off of his third career start at Texas last Saturday. ISU Head Coach Dan McCarney calls Outlaw “probably the best third-string quarterback in the country.” He completed 12 of 33 passes for 176 yards, had two interceptions and one score in the Tigers’ 47-12 loss in Austin. “He’ll turn a bad play into a good one with his feet, and he’ll turn a bad play into a good one with his arm,” McCarney said “he can scramble, he’ll run the quarterback draw, and I’m sure he’ll take advantage of some of the things we got beat at least week in the game with A&M.”Missouri’s other offensive options will also present a host of problems for the Cyclone defense, as McCarney says that the Tigers line up in formations that he “hasn’t seen in football for over 25 years.” Their offense features wide receiver Justin Gage, z-back Eric Spencer, tight end Dwayne Blakley, fullback Joe Chirumbolo, and tailback Zain Gilmore who will line up in a variety of looks and switch between power and spread attacks.The Tigers start an overall experienced line in senior Joe Glauberman, juniors Aaron Crittendon, Mike Hayes and Justin Bland, and redshirt freshman A.J. Ricker will make his eighth consecutive start at center. Defensively, Missouri features junior defensive end Justin Smith, one of the best defensive players in the country. Smith, who as a freshmen was Big 12 Defensive Freshmen of the Year, and as a sophomore first-team All-Big 12, garnered preseason first-team All-American honors from such publications as Playboy, College Football News and Football News. “Smitty,” as he is affectionately known in Columbia, is definitely living up to the hype. Smitty is leading the team with 54 tackles (12 for a loss) and five sacks. Senior defensive tackle Danny McCamy, senior noseguard Pat Mingucci, and sophomore guard Cedric Harden join Smith in the Tigers’ four-man front.Senior Pat Duffy and sophomores Sean Doyle and David Monroe comprise a Missouri linebacking crew that is second-to-last in the conference against the run. Doyle has two sacks and two forced and recovered fumbles. Monroe has one forced fumble and two recovered fumbles.In passing, Missouri is slightly better, as they rank eighth in the conference. Cornerback Antoine Duncan has collected two interceptions, with fellow defensive backs Julian Jones, Marcus Caldwell and Clarence Jones, each picking off one a piece.Walk-on freshman Justin Scott will take over the placekicking duties for the injured Brad Hammerich, and junior Jared Gilpin will handle the punting chores. Senior reserve tailback Ricardo Rhodes will return punts, with Spencer returning kicks.Head coach Larry Smith is in his 23rd season as a head coach, and his seventh at Missouri. He has a career record of 142-123-7, and 32-43-1 record as coach of the Tigers. He has taken Missouri to two bowl games, and boasts being one of only five active coaches to have taken four different schools to bowl games. He has been to ten overall.