Too many cooks in the kitchen

Heading into the season, Eli Drinkwitz and Mizzou had four good options at quarterback. Brady Cook secured the starting spot at the end of the 2021 campaign. Cook performed well against Army in the 2021 Armed Forced Bowl loss to Army. He finished the game 27 for 34 with a touchdown and a quarterback rating of 147.9. This made the starting job, Brady to lose, which he has yet to lose.

Behind Brady Cook are a plethora of talented quarterbacks. Head coach Eli Drinkwitz has spoken of his faith in Brady Cook, and with Cook’s announcement Tuesday as a starter, he’s putting his money where his mouth is. The margin of error, however, is slim.

December 22, 2021; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Brady Cook (12) throws with Army Black Knights linebacker Malkelm Morrison (2) defending during the third quarter of the 2021 Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb – USA TODAY Sports

The current depth chart shows the following to QB:

1. Brady Cook

2. Jack Abraham

3. Tyler Macon

4. Sam Horn

Should Brady Cook be worried? At first, no. The schedule is looking good for Brady. The season opens with what is expected to be a warm-up game against Louisiana Tech on September 1. The following week, the Tigers travel to Manhattan Kansas to face Kansas State on September 10. Many see this as a 50/50 game. Until the match is lost to Cook’s arm, whether he wins or loses, there is unlikely to be any threat of losing his starting spot. Mizzou then returns home to confront Abilene Christian. Barring a catastrophic event, an easy victory for the Tigers.

Competition within the team.

Jack Abraham: Going into the season as his final year of eligibility, Abraham is the biggest threat to take Cook’s starting job, should Brady falter. For starters (pun intended), Abraham is the most seasoned of the bunch. Moreover, it is unlikely that he would have been transferred if he had not thought that there was a real possibility of playing time. This does not mean that there is an unofficial agreement behind the scenes, but if the opportunity arises, I expect Jack to be the first man to rise.

September 19, 2020; Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA; Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles quarterback Jack Abraham (15) makes a pitch in the second quarter against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at MM Roberts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Macon: A freshman, Macon has plenty of time to prove his worth and earn his spot. He has raw talent and is one of the highest-ranked dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. A local guy, from East St. Louis, Macon saw some action last year as a true freshman. While Macon may not have blown the gates, he hasn’t made many mistakes. It’s promising. The Tigers using a 2 quarterback system wouldn’t be surprising. If so, intermittently, but bringing Tyler Macon into obvious runs to rush, or better yet, pass — would fit Coach Drinkwitz’s often creative game plan.

November 20, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Tyler Macon (10) warms up against the Florida Gators before the game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley – USA TODAY Sports

Sam Horn: The most purely talented quarterback in the bunch is freshman Sam Horn of Suwanee, GA. Horn is a 4-star recruit and, like Macon, was recruited by top schools. Much of the same in fact. Horn was also a heavily drafted baseball player. A versatile athlete with a big build, he is the typical mold from which many successful quarterbacks are fashioned. His quick release and minimal wasted movement make him an excellent candidate to perform on the biggest stages one day. For now, an injury or failure of those ahead of him on the depth chart is necessary for him to start. To prevent him from being transferred at some point, Mizzou can find ways to involve him. Horn can end up in unbalanced games.

Missouri freshman quarterback Sam Horn (21) calls for a wink as Tigers head coach Eli Drinkwitz, bottom left, looks on during pre-camp practice -season on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at Kadlec Practice Fields.
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As it stands, Brady Cook is the starter and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future, but the situation is fluid and could change at any time. The Tigers are talented on the attacking side of the ball, more than they have been in years. Coach Drinkwitz won’t waste that. A key to finish above. 500 (https://trumanstales.com/2022/08/08/missouri-tigers-five-keys-to-finishing-above-500/) was a regular quarterback game and trusted one person to fail. Now the fun begins.