Temple questionable vs. Oklahoma; Daniel earns Big 12 honor

COLUMBIA - Missouri isn’t sure if starting tailback Tony Temple will be ready to play at Oklahoma on Saturday because of a sprained ankle.

And while he’s not ready to announce who might replace Temple in the starting lineup yet, Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel did say that an improving true freshman, Derrick Washington could be under consideration.

“He’d be definitely in the rotation, as you tell last week,” Pinkel said on Monday. “He’s playing a little bit more every week, doing a very good job. “We’re fortunate to have some other guys too . . . Marcus Woods, Earl Goldsmith and Jimmy Jackson. They’ve been around for a long time. But Derrick’s doing an excellent job, getting better every week.”

Pinkel said he would decide Thursday on the tailback rotation.

Temple was held out of the second half of MU’s 41-6 victory over Nebraska on Saturday as a precautionary measure. Pinkel isn’t ruling him out to play at Oklahoma, but on Monday listed Temple as “questionable” for that game.

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel on Monday was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Chase Daniel rolled up a career-best 473 yards total offense and a career-high 401 yards passing. His threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Tigers ripped Nebraska 41-6, advanced to 5-0 and jumped to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25.

“He loves to play quarterback and he loves game day,” MU Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. “I know there are a lot of good quarterbacks around the country. He’s got to be one of the top. He lacks nothing. He’s special.”