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Grading the Tigers: Arkansas State

Grading the Tigers: Arkansas State

Missouri's season opener went about as expected. The Tigers' opponent, overmatched Sun Belt Conference member Arkansas State, put up a fight but never really was in the game. The Tigers' performances were up and down; inside, get a look at how we rate Missouri's first action of 2004.

Offense: Overall grade A- Passing game: This is perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the season opener. Junior QB Brad Smith was effective moving the ball with his arm, a trait that has been missing much of his first two seasons. He even had several accurate downfield passes, including two for scores of 35 yards or more. Although the extreme amount of youth on the Arkansas State defense...

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