"That's our guy; we're going to open seams for him."
Holy smokes, it's Wednesday already? I haven't even posted Bill Carter's SELA photo gallery yet! As Gary Pinkel would say, "Gotta get better."
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For Yost, his staff and his players, pride in the spread is on the line.
"You want to play well and execute what you do," he said. "We believe in what we do. We believe we can do what we do against anybody we play against. So there's always that factor. Then it becomes a situation where now you've got to go do it. All the talk's done. Saturday night, when the game's over, they'll be able to judge what we're attempting to execute and what doesn't work and what we have to get better at, too.
"Just because it doesn't work doesn't mean it isn't good, or just because it does work doesn't mean it's going to work against everybody either. There's always little things. We're going to try and put wrinkles in and give them looks and try to put our kids in the best position to be successful."
Georgia's defense will be unique for Missouri in one way — one very big way. Nose tackle John Jenkins, all 358 pounds of him, is bigger than any tackle MU played against in the Big 12, Yost said. His backup, 355-pound Kwame Geathers, is no lightweight. The closest comparison the Tigers have seen, Yost said, is former Baylor tackle Phil Taylor, who played at 340.
"But they didn't have Jarvis Jones coming off the edge with that speed," Yost said.
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Richardson was Missouri's best defender in camp and he was in the opener as well. After making some inflammatory comments, he'll have to back up his talk on the field this week.
There was also former walk-on Max Copeland, a junior offensive guard who recently earned a scholarship and made his first start Saturday. Copeland’s performance graded out the highest among all starting offensive linemen at 92 percent.
"If you’re grading 90 percent, I think that’s pretty good," co-offensive line coach Josh Henson said.
Senior left tackle Elvis Fisher agreed.
"He’s a hard-working guy, always watching film," Fisher said. "I didn’t expect anything less."
Boehm says he graded out at 83 percent, which isn’t bad for a true freshman, but not near where he’d like to be. He will still look back fondly at Saturday’s game, especially because he got to share it with his father, Royce, the coach at Lee’s Summit West.
Grateful as he might be, the returns wouldn't have happened without the vision and reaction time and sheer speed of the man with the ball.
"The cliché is [Murphy's] quick as a hiccup, and you see it," MU offensive coordinator David Yost said. "He can put his foot in the ground and change direction and make guys miss that are 3 and 4 yards away from him already."
Even adjusted for the quality of a foe that Mizzou crushed 62-10, the achievement was remarkable.
Only once before had MU as a team returned two kicks for scores in a game. In 1965, Johnny Roland had a 65-yard punt return and Ray Thorpe a 79-yard kickoff return for Mizzou's only touchdowns in a 14-14 tie with UCLA.
While Murphy's performance will make him an emphasis for opponents to come, MU coach Gary Pinkel said the evident potential for big plays could provide a further springboard.
Now that the punt return team knows it has "a guy" back there, it might be expected to block with more urgency — much as an offensive line might with an All-America back behind it.
"That's our guy; we're going to open seams for him," Pinkel said.
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