Coach Johnson has done a great job working with a very inexperienced offensive line, that has dealt with many injuries and COVID-related issues. His work with the offensive line, which was arguably the Tigers’ biggest question mark coming into the season, has helped Mizzou to a 3-3 record when many pundits didn’t believe the Tigers could win two games this year. He has a group that is comprised of one senior (a graduate transfer), a starting left tackle that joined the program in July as a junior college transfer, two juniors and a sophomore, making it one of the nation’s younger units. He also inherited a group that had combined for just 21 Mizzou starts heading into the season. He even had to deal with starting RT Larry Borom and starting LG Xavier Delgado missing a large chunk of the season with injury, and still has his group playing well enough for Mizzou to win games.
A nine-year coaching veteran in all, Johnson was first an All-SEC offensive lineman in his playing days at Ole Miss, and later played in 53 NFL games (making 18 starts) over five years with Minnesota and Tampa Bay. The past two seasons saw Johnson work with the Bulldog offensive linemen, as State won 14 games overall and played in the 2018 Outback Bowl and the 2019 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. His offensive line paved the way for first-team All-SEC RB Kylin Hill to rank second in the league and 16thnationally in 2019 with 1,350 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, while the Bulldogs’ rushing attack ranked third in the SEC and 21stnationally, averaging 220.6 yards per game.
Case Cook won SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following Mizzou’s win over Kentucky on Oct. 24.Cook was a leader on Mizzou’s offensive line that absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage against a great Kentucky defensive line. Playing 94 snaps Saturday, including 92 offensive plays, Cook helped Mizzou hold the ball for a whopping 43:10, the Tigers’ highest single-game TOP since joining the SEC, while running 92 plays with 62 coming on the ground. The 62 rushes were the second-most ever by Mizzou in an SEC game and most since rushing 67 times at Tennessee on Nov. 19, 2016. The 220 rush yards allowed by Kentucky was the most against the Wildcats since Oct. 19, 2019, when Georgia put up 235 on the ground in a 21-0 win. The 62 rushes were the most against Kentucky since Sept. 3, 2016, when Southern Miss had 68.