Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter was none too happy about his unit's effort and production in a 38-31 overtime loss to unranked Missouri on Saturday.
So much so that on Monday he hinted at making moves in the defensive lineup as the Aggies try and figure out how to overcome missed assignments and, more important, missed tackles.
DeRuyter said the Aggies had the most missed tackles of the season against Missouri, including five on the game's first score, a 20-yard touchdown run by Mizzou quarterback James Franklin, a Lake Dallas product.
DeRuyter said changes at inside linebacker might be coming but he wouldn't mention names.
"We're not responding to the adversity the way we need to right now," DeRuyter said. "That swagger, that confidence isn't there like it was a year ago."
The Aggies, who are minus-7 in turnover margin (last in the Big 12) and rank in the bottom-fourth in the nation in total defense, take on No. 6 Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday.
Defensive back Trent Hunter, a team captain who missed a tackle on the Franklin scoring run, one of his two in the game, said lack of effort during practice might be a culprit, as well as a lack of intensity from a season ago.
"We'll be able to find out today where the character of our team is at," Hunter said.
Who'll fill in?
Oklahoma junior running back Dominique Whaley is out for the season with a broken ankle and coach Bob Stoops said during a conference call with reporters on Monday that Brennan Clay, Brandon Williams and Roy Finch will split time in his stead.
Whaley's injury, which he suffered on his first play against Kansas State, opened the door for Finch, a sophomore, who saw the bulk of playing time against the Wildcats, with 142 total yards and a touchdown.
Five Big 12 players were among the 15 Maxwell Award semifinalists announced on Monday: Quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State, quarterback Landry Jones and receiver Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma and quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor.
Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma State's Markelle Martin and Brodrick Brown and Kansas State's Nigel Malone were named Thorpe Award semifinalists.
Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award.
Players of the week
Landry Jones, who was 35 of 47 with five touchdowns, was selected the conference offensive player of the week. He set a school record with 505 yards passing in a 58-17 victory over Kansas State.
Missouri linebacker E.J. Gaines earned defensive honors after recording career highs with 10 tackles and four pass break-ups in the win over Texas A&M.
Texas kicker Justin Tucker picked up special teams honors after making good on two fields goals, including a 52-yarder in a 43-0 blanking of Kansas.