2010 Mizzou Tigers: On the Prowl M-I-Z Z-O-U Coach Hood inherits a young but experienced squad. Last year was the transition year for the Tigers, as the next wave of stars tried to replace the likes of Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin, and Chase Coffman. Now these Tigers are ready to get back on the national scene as an elite offense and title contender, there are plenty of questions facing this squad but the potential to surprise the nation is there. OFFENSE Blaine Gabbert is back for his second year under center for the Tigers, and the pressure is on him to carry the load for this team. He plays in a pass-happy offense and has a solid corp of wideouts to dish the ball to, if Mizzou is going to contend for a conference title he is going to have to make the big time plays. Iâ€™d look for him to be a top Heisman candidate. Jerrel Jackson, Rolandis Woodland, and Brandon Gerau are Gabbertâ€™s main targets. Gerau has Mizzou fans thinking of Wes Welker, while Jackson and Woodland will both conribute to replacing Danario Alexander. Wes Kemp, Andrew Jones, and true frosh Jimmie Hunt will also have balls coming their way this season. Unheralded Derrick Washington is back for his senior season at tailback. He is a damn good running back for a pass-happy offense like Mizzouâ€™s. He will see his fair share of carries, as well as some touches in the passing game. The o-line on front of him is solid and should spring him to a solid season. DEFENSE Soph DE Aldon Smith leads the defense. He had 11.5 sacks last year, and is being counted on to post similar numbers this year. Luke Lambert leads the linebacking corp, a group that must step it up this year. They really struggled last year, and that was with first round pick Sean Witherspoon. The secondary is the most experienced unit on the defensive side of the ball. Kevin Rutland and Carl Gettis are the corners, and Kenji Jackson and Jasper Simmons will be the safeties.