Missouri offensive coordinator Derek Dooley is getting creative with his personnel this spring, and that could mean a temporary position switch for quarterback Micah Wilson.
The Tigers return senior quarterback Drew Lock, who fired off the fourth-most passing yards in the SEC history last season, as their obvious starter. But Dooley sees Wilson as another quarterback on the roster who is worthy of getting on the field.
Wilson was a 3-star prospect in the class of 2016, and is Mizzou’s backup quarterback heading into the 2018 campaign. As a redshirt freshman last season, he played in three games and compiled 39 passing yards on 4-of-8 passing and had an interception.
However, it’s his speed that makes Wilson so interesting to the Tigers’ coaching staff. He also rushed for 50 yards and a score on just 10 carries. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Dave Matter, Missouri wants to use Wilson at receiver in 2018 and take advantage of his elite speed.
Dooley on Wilson: “If a guy’s got good speed and athleticism why not see if he can help you? That doesn’t mean he can’t play quarterback.”
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 13, 2018
It sounds like Wilson’s move out wide is simply a way for him to get on the field earlier and help the Tigers win games. But he’s still expected to be Mizzou’s backup quarterback this season, and potentially its QB of the future after Lock’s eligibility expires.
The Tigers do have some depth issues at receiver that Wilson could alleviate. Star receiver J’Mon Moore is gone after back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons, and only one other receiver managed more than 500 yards last season.
This is an experiment worth watching throughout spring practice.
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