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SEC coaches think Missouri could be ‘a dangerous sleeper’ in SEC East

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USA Today’s Dan Wolken might be backing off his statement that Kirby Smart is a “clown” if Georgia doesn’t win the SEC East in 2017. He believes the 2017 Missouri football season could be a good one for Tigers coach Barry Odom.

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Wolken tweeted out on Monday that he believes that Missouri is a “sleeper” to win the SEC East. His evidence might back him up.

The Tigers are set to return 10 starters on offense. The leader of that group is rising junior quarterback Drew Lock.

Lock finished with 3,399 yards, 23 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in 2016. He was the SEC leader in yards.

The even-better news for this Missouri offense is that four of Lock’s leading receivers are back for 2017. They are led by redshirt senior J’Mon Moore, who is back off a 62-catch season that produced 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns.

The catch for Mizzou in 2017 is the Tigers are losing some very good players from the defensive side of the ball. The largest name on that list is defensive end Charles Harris.

The good news in regards to this side of the ball is defensive end Marcell Frazier decided to come back for his senior season. Also, Odom plans on calling the plays in 2017 after taking more of an active role in the scheme during the final five games of 2017.

(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)

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