2013 Missouri Tigers football
Mizzou Athletics wordmark.svg
SEC Eastern Division champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 5
Record12–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJosh Henson (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorDave Steckel (5th season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumFaurot Field
(Capacity: 67,124)
Seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5 Missouri x   7 1     12 2  
No. 4 South Carolina   6 2     11 2  
Georgia   5 3     8 5  
No. 24 Vanderbilt   4 4     9 4  
Florida   3 5     4 8  
Tennessee   2 6     5 7  
Kentucky   0 8     2 10  
Western Division
No. 2 Auburn xy$   7 1     12 2  
No. 7 Alabama x%   7 1     11 2  
No. 14 LSU   5 3     10 3  
No. 18 Texas A&M   4 4     9 4  
Mississippi State   3 5     7 6  
Ole Miss*   3 5     8 5  
Arkansas   0 8     3 9  
Championship: Auburn 59, Missouri 42
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • * Ole Miss vacated all wins (except for the Music City Bowl) due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Missouri Tigers football team (also called "Mizzou") represented the University of Missouri in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It marked the Tigers' second season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the Eastern Division. The team was led by head coach Gary Pinkel, in his 13th year and played its home games at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri. The Tigers went into the season hoping to return to a bowl game after missing out the previous season. They succeeded after an 11–1 regular season and their first-ever SEC Eastern Division title. After a loss to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game they played in the 2014 Cotton Bowl Classic on January 3, 2014 against Oklahoma State, which they won 41–31. The two teams had last met on October 22, 2011.[1]

Recruits

Key losses:

All 20 recruits signed their National Letter of Intent on February 6, during the National Signing Period (February 6 – April 1).[4][5]

On the eve of National Signing Day, Missouri ranks last in the SEC, 46th in the overall rankings according to Rivals.com.[6]
On the day after National Signing Day, Scout.com ranks Missouri as 36th (3.00) best overall, ahead of only Kentucky (39th) in the SEC.
Rivals.com has Mizzou at 39th (3.00).

Coach Pinkel likes the 20-name recruiting class.[7]

His coaching staff agrees with his analysis, as does former Mizzou wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Mizzou's class has 11 of the 20 recruits from Missouri. In 2011, Mizzou had 19 recruits, and in 2010, only 17.[8]

The team added a needed defensive tackle, DeQuinton Osborne on May 31, 2013, but MU has not officially announced Osborne's addition to the recruiting class.[9]

Four recruits of the 20 (listed in the recruit section below) left the program for various reasons. Freshman offensive tackle Harneet Gill left the Missouri football team three days into preseason camp after deciding he had “lost faith in the plan” to treat his surgically repaired foot and that Mizzou was not “the right fit,” he said. Tailback Chase Abbington (Fort Zumwalt South) and defensive lineman Antar Thompson (Maplewood Richmond Heights) both failed to qualify academically and enrolled in junior college. Duron Singleton, a safety from Fresno City, CA, Community College, was expected to transfer and arrive last week, but Pinkel announced Thursday that Singleton wasn't joining the program, citing undisclosed “personal reasons.”[10][11]

Schedule

Fans rush the field after the Missouri Tigers beat Texas A&M.
Fans rush the field after the Missouri Tigers beat Texas A&M.
DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:00 p.m.Murray State*PPVW 58–1458,038[12][13]
September 72:30 p.m.Toledo*
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
ESPNUW 38–2356,785[14][15]
September 217:00 p.m.at Indiana*BTNW 45–2849,149[16][17]
September 286:30 p.m.Arkansas State*
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
CSS/FSMWW 41–1962,468[18][19]
October 56:30 p.m.at VanderbiltCSS/FSMWW 51–2836,892[20][21]
October 1211:00 a.m.at No. 7 GeorgiaNo. 25ESPNW 41–2692,746[22][23]
October 1911:21 a.m.No. 22 FloridaNo. 14
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
SECTVW 36–1767,124[24][25]
October 266:00 p.m.No. 20 South CarolinadaggerNo. 5
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
ESPN2L 24–27 2OT67,124[26][27]
November 26:00 p.m.TennesseeNo. 10
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
ESPNW 31–365,869[28][29]
November 911:00 a.m.at KentuckyNo. 9ESPNUW 48–1755,280[30][31]
November 236:45 p.m.at No. 24 Ole MissNo. 8ESPNW 24–1061,168[32][33]
November 306:45 p.m.No. 19 Texas A&MNo. 5
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
ESPNW 28–2167,124[34][35]
December 73:00 p.m.vs. No. 3 AuburnNo. 5CBSL 42–5975,632[36][37]
January 3, 20147:00 p.m.vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State*No. 9FOXW 41–3172,690[38][39]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Mizzou Tigers, schedule Archived June 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, as of December 8, 2013 (Retrieved: December 8, 2013)

Recruits for 2013

Honors

On December 9, 2013, defensive end Michael Sam was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, and was also a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection. Before the bowl season starts, Sam led the SEC with 10.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Offensive tackle Justin Britt was also named to the first-team AP all-conference, as was defensive lineman Kony Ealy, and cornerback E.J. Gaines. Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and linebacker Andrew Wilson were named to the second-team list. Defensive end Markus Golden made the honorable mention list. Ealy had the strongest finish to the regular season of any Mizzou defender and heads into bowl season with 7.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, a team-best 14 hurries and three forced fumbles, the most among all SEC defensive lineman. Gaines finished the regular season with 68 tackles and a team-best four interceptions. In the December 7 loss to Auburn in the SEC title game, he picked up a fumble forced by Ealy, and returned it for a touchdown. He also earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore in 2011. With a huge game against Auburn, Green-Beckham now shares the team lead with 55 catches for 850 yards and a team-best 12 touchdowns. Wilson leads Mizzou in tackles for a third straight season with 98, matching his 2011 total. Coach Gary Pinkel is one of eight finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.[40]

Michael Sam named a Walter Camp Football Foundation First-Team All-American, the seventh for Coach Pinkel in his 13 years at Mizzou, and the first on the defensive side for Mizzou since Justin Smith in 2000.[41]

Rankings

Mizzou Athletics personnel form a perimeter around a dismantled field goal post on Faurot Field when fans rushed the field after defeating Texas A&M November 30th.
Mizzou Athletics personnel form a perimeter around a dismantled field goal post on Faurot Field when fans rushed the field after defeating Texas A&M November 30th.

Missouri cracked the AP poll (#25) on October 6, for the first time since the second week of the 2011 season when it was ranked #21.[42] Missouri jumped nine slots to #5 in the AP poll on October 19, after their 36–17 win over #22 Florida. The #5 ranking is Missouri's highest since reaching No. 3 in 2008 at 5–0 before a home loss to Oklahoma State. They debuted at #5 in the BCS standings.[43] They reached #5 again on the AP poll on Nov. 24, after beating #24 Ole Miss, 24–10, at Oxford the day before, and stayed at #5 on all four polls after beating Texas A&M on Nov. 30. The Tigers fell to #9 [44] after its 42–59 loss to the Auburn Tigers in the 2013 SEC Championship Game on December 7, ending its bid for a possible trip to the BCS National Championship Game. The 2013 Tigers team is the fourth in the past seven years to reach double-digits in wins, with the previous time a 10–3 record in 2010. Missouri ended the SEC season with an 11–2 record. Mizzou extended its nation-leading streak of games forcing a takeaway to 43 consecutive games. Mizzou has jumped on top of opposing teams on the scoreboard all season, only trailing at the half for the second time this season vs. Auburn.[45] The 8th ranked (BCS) Tigers were invited to and accepted an invitation to the 78th Cotton Bowl against the (10–2) #13-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on January 3, 2014, 7pm CT, to be televised on Fox. The Cotton Bowl appearance will mark Mizzou's 11th New Year's Day (or later) bowl game in program history, and its first since playing in the 2008 Cotton Bowl against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The invitation is a reward for an outstanding season which saw the Tigers post one of the top turnaround years in the nation, going from 5–7 in 2012 to 11–2 – a 6-1/2 game improvement. This is MU's 30th alltime bowl appearance. The Tigers will be making their third appearance in the tradition-rich game. Mizzou rolled to a 38–7 win over Arkansas in the 2008 game, as TB Tony Temple rushed for a Cotton Bowl-record 281 yards and four touchdowns against the 25th-ranked Razorbacks. That win closed a stellar season for Mizzou, who finished with a 12–2 record and a school-best final ranking of 4th in the final polls. Mizzou's other appearance in the Cotton Bowl was back in 1946, when Texas claimed a 40–27 victory.[1]

See also: 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movments
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Week
PollPre123456789101112131415Final
APRVRV25145109985595
CoachesRVRVRVRV147109886595
HarrisNot released1469888659Not released
BCSNot released59898558Not released

Coaching staff

Name Position Years
at MU
Alma mater (year)
Gary Pinkel[46] Head Coach 13 Kent State (1975)
Dave Steckel[47] Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Linebackers Coach
13 Kutztown (1982)
Andy Hill[48][49] Quarterbacks Coach
Associate Head Coach
18 University of Missouri (1985)
Josh Henson[48][50] Offensive Coordinator
Co-Offensive Line Coach
5 Oklahoma State (1998)
Cornell Ford[51] Cornerbacks Coach 13 Toledo (1991)
Alex Grinch[52] Safeties Coach 5 Mount Union (2002)
Pat Washington[53] Receivers Coach 1 Auburn (1987)
Brian Jones[54] Running Backs Coach 13 Connecticut (1981)
Craig Kuligowski[55] Defensive Line Coach 13 Toledo (1991)
Bruce Walker[56] Co-Offensive Line Coach 13 Central Washington (1983)
Dan Hopkins[57] Director of Football Operations 7 University of Missouri (2004)
Nick Otterbacher[58] Director of Football Recruiting 10 Toledo (2002)

Henson expected to take over as Missouri's offensive coordinator

Source: 2013 Mizzou Football Roster (coaches) [59]

Roster

SUMMER 2013 (as of August 30, 2013)
(Preseason depth chart)[60]

(as of SUMMER 2013 MUTIGERS.com Archived April 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, and Rivals.com)

Wide receivers (Summer 2013)

  •   2 L'Damian Washington
    Redshirt
    Senior
  •   4 J'Mon MooreFreshman
  •   5 James Driskell – Sophomore
  •   8 Darius White
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 14 Jaleel Clark –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 15 Dorial Green-BeckhamSophomore
  • 16 Levi Copelin –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 17 Sheldon Gerau –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 18 Wesley Leftwich –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 21 Bud Sasser –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 26 Jake Brents
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 38 Nicalus Rhone – Freshman
  • 38 Reid Swearingen –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 41 Aaron Bailey – Freshman
  • 41 Eric Laurent –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 43 Cameron Chancey –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 84 Gavin Otte – Junior
  • 85 Marcus LucasSenior
  • 88 Jimmie Hunt –
    Redshirt
    Junior

Offensive line (Summer 2013)

  • 51 Steven Carberry –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 52 Jordan Hill – Freshman
  • 54 Nick Monaghan –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 56 Robert Luce –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 57 Alec Abeln – Freshman
  • 58 John Reid – Freshman
  • 59 Kyle Starke –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 60 Connor McGovern
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 61 Max Copeland –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 62 Taylor Chappell –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 63 Brad McNulty –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 64 Will Johnson –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 65 Mitch Morse –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 66 Adam Ploudre – Freshman
  • 67 Michael Boddie –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 68 Justin Britt
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 69 Mitch Hall –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 70 Anthony Gatti –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 71 Justin Grava –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 72 Clay Rhodes – Freshman
  • 73 Mitch Hall –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 76 Jordan Williams –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 77 Evan Boehm – Sophomore
  • 78 Nick Demien –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 79 Adam Franklin –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 93 Justin Grava –
    Redshirt
    Freshman

Tight ends (Summer 2013)

  • 46 Kyle Peasel –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 80 Sean Culkin
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 81 Eric Waters – Senior
  • 82 Jason Reese – Freshman
  • 84 Brandon Colbert – Junior
  • 86 Jake Hurrell –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 89 Tyler Hanneke –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 90 Berlin Hollomon – Freshman
  • 98 Clayton Echard
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
 

Quarterbacks (Summer 2013)

  •   1 James FranklinSenior
  •   7 Maty Mauk
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  •   9 Eddie Printz – Freshman
  • 11 Trent Hosick – Freshman
  • 12 Colby Carpenter – Freshman
  • 13 Corbin Berkstresser –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 17 Alex Demczak – Junior

Running (tail) backs (Summer 2013)

  •   6 Marcus Murphy –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 20 Henry Josey
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 24 Greg White –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 32 Russell Hansbrough – Sophomore
  • 35 Tyler Hunt – Sophomore
  • 36 Morgan Steward –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 39 Miles Drummond –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 40 Andrew Stevens –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 46 Stephen Blakley – Freshman

Defensive line (Summer 2013)

  • 33 Markus Golden (end)
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 35 Marcus Loud – Freshman
  • 47 Kony Ealy (end)
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 50 Evan Winston –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 51 Steven Mack –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 52 Michael Sam (end)
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 55 Brayden Burnett –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 56 Shane Ray
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 58 Ben Eskelson –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 64 DeQuinton Osborne – Freshman
  • 75 A.J. Logan – Freshman
  • 87 Nate Crawford – Freshman
  • 89 Matt Hoch –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 90 Harold Brantley –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 91 Charles Harris – Freshman
  • 93 Dakota Brake – Freshman
  • 94 Marvin Foster –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 95 Rickey Hatley –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 96 Lucas Vincent –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 97 Josh Augusta – Freshman
  • 99 David Butler –
    Redshirt
    Junior

Linebackers (Summer 2013)

  •   8 Donovan Bonner –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 10 Kentrell Brothers
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 11 Torey Boozer – Freshman
  • 12 Darvin Ruise –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 25 Donavin Newsom –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 30 Michael Scherer –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 40 Clarence Green –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 43 Michael Holt – Freshman
  • 48 Andrew Wilson –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 49 Denzel Martin –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 53 Christian Williams –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 54 Michael Brennan – Senior
 

Safety (Summer 2013)

  •   4 Daniel Easterly –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  •   5 Cortland Browning –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  •   9 Braylon Webb –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 10 Brock Bondurant –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 13 Chaston Ward –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 18 Michael Godas –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 19 Shawn Rupert – Freshman
  • 21 Ian Simon –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore

Strong safety (Spring 2013)

Free safety (Spring 2013)

  • 17 Matt White (American football)|Matt White –
    Redshirt
    Senior

Defensive backs (Summer 2013)

  •   1 John Gibson –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  •   2 Duron Singleton – Junior *
  •   3 David Johnson –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  •   7 Randy Ponder –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 11 Aarion Penton – Freshman
  • 22 Anthony Sherrils – Freshman
  • 24 Mubarak Nasirudden –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 26 Xavier Smith –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 28 Ernest Payton –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 29 Zach Edwards –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 29 David Sowell – Freshman
  • 31 E. J. GainesSenior
  • 34 Jordan Wade – Junior
  • 45 Tyler Davis –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 46 Jared Edwards –
    Redshirt
    Freshman

Punters (Summer 2013)

  • 92 Christian Brinser –
    Redshirt
    Junior

Kickers (Summer 2013)

  •   3 Luke Jackson – Freshman
  • 12 Preston Soper – Freshman
  • 90 Nick Coffman –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 91 Blake Owens –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 99 Andrew Baggett –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
† Kicked off team, June 17, 2013 [61]
* Left team for personal reasons, August 1
[10][11]


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