December 25, 2010

Insight Matchups: Receivers

Missouri and Iowa are set to meet for the first time in 100 years. Leading up to the December 28th Insight Bowl, we will give Tiger and Hawkeye fans an in-depth look at every position on the field.

Each day until kickoff, we will highlight a different position on the field. publisher Gabe DeArmond and publisher Tom Kakert will give fans the scoop on the key players to watch as the Tigers and Hawkeyes hook up for the 2010 season finale.

Hawkeyes Receivers

Projected starters: WR: Marvin McNutt, Colin Sandeman, TE: Allen Reisner

Key Player: Marvin McNutt

Key Stat: Iowa's all time leading receiver; Derrell Johnson-Koulianos will miss the bowl game. He led Iowa in pass receptions the past three years and is second on the team this year in receptions with 46 catches for 745 yards.

Analysis: The Hawkeyes weren't afraid to spread the ball around and throw it down field in 2010. Iowa had six receivers catch ten or more balls this season and they averaged 13.3 yards per reception. Without Johnson-Koulianos in the lineup, the focus shifts to St. Louis native Marvin McNutt as the primary target in the passing game. Seniors Colin Sandeman and Paul Chaney (also from St. Louis) and junior Keenan Davis will be asked to pick up the slack without DJK. Iowa is one of the few teams left that use the tight end as a big target in the passing game. Allen Reisner has played his way into being a potential NFL Draft pick thanks to a strong senior campaign. His backup, Brad Herman, has flashed some big play potential during the season.

Tigers Receivers

Projected starters: WR: T.J. Moe, Jerrell Jackson, Wes Kemp, TE: Michael Egnew

Key Player: Michael Egnew

Key Stat: 4. The number of pass plays Missouri had that went for more than 30 yards. Last year, they had 18, among the most in the nation.

Analysis: As the stat indicates, the Tigers are a much more methodical offense than in years past. They don't really have the game breaker like Jeremy Maclin or Danario Alexander. Missouri will use the short pass and try to sustain drives more than in the past. Moe catches nearly everything and Egnew has been named an all-American tight end by at least two outlets. Jackson and Kemp both had games where they were great, but also were non-factors in the attack at times this year. The Tigers have a few other players who will catch passes, but nobody outside the starting group that was a consistent threat. The Tigers can move the ball through the air, but it's not the circus offense many have gotten used to the last few seasons.

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