Every Monday, The SEC Blog will feature an assistant coach in the SEC. This week, we take a look at Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost.
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel gets all of the publicity for the success of the Tiger offense, but offensive coordinator David Yost has plenty to do with the offense as well.
Yost took over as offensive coordinator before the 2009 season, but has been with Pinkel as an assistant since 1996, when the two were at Toledo. His spread offense finished 12th in the nation in total offense in 2011 (475.5 YPG) and finished ninth in rushing (243.46 YPG).
He has been Missouri's quarterback coach since 2001 and has been an integral part of the success of quarterbacks Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert.
In addition to his offensive coordinator and quarterback coach responsibilities, Yost also serves as Missouri's recruiting coordinator. He has served in that capacity for Pinkel since 1997 while the two were at Toledo.
Will David Yost's spread offense be successful in the SEC?
Under his watch, the Tigers landed wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in 2012, the nation's No. 2 overall recruit, according to 247Sports.com.
The impact of Missouri's move to the SEC is already being felt in Columbia. Yost's 2013 class is currently ranked No. 11 by 247Sports.com, and Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star writes that the move to the SEC has affected Missouri's recruiting in a good way.
Will Yost, Pinkel and Co. have to adjust a bit to the speed of SEC defenses? Absolutely. But they're also recruiting better, and that's a direct reflection on Yost's ability as a recruiting coordinator.
He may not be known in SEC circles, but David Yost has the offensive pieces this season to make a big impact in the SEC East. That, coupled with his prowess on the recruiting trail, should translate into long-term success for the Missouri offense in the SEC.