Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Missouri offense wasn't exactly a well-oiled machine in the Tigers 17-6 win over Miami (OH) on Saturday, but at least the team's defense seemed to be in mid-season form. Both sides of the ball will face a tougher test in Arizona State this week, and the Tigers offense may need to improve quickly because the defense is going to be without two starters on Friday night.
Defensive end Jacquies Smith and linebacker Will Ebner will both miss the Arizona State game after suffering injuries on Saturday.
Smith disclocated his elbow during the win, and Ebner suffered a high ankle sprain. While there is no set timetable on the return of Ebner, as high ankle sprains can take over a month to recover from, head coach Gary Pinkel is at least optimistic that Smith could return after missing only one game.
"Who knows when Jacquies will be back," Pinkel said. "He won't play this week. Hopefully we'll get him back (soon)."
Not all the news is bad for Missouri's defense, however. Starting cornerback Kip Edwards didn't play on Saturday because of a hamstring injury, and he's likely to be dressed and playing Friday night.