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2014 Missouri Walkthrough: Will a freshman running back see the field?

Freshmen Trevon Walters and Ish Witter are the prototypical Missouri backs: undersized, strong, and under the radar. There might be a few carries and return opportunities available for one of the two with a strong August camp.

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Trevon Walters (Fr.)

5'10, 195, Fr.

The Beef: Do I have any reason to know why this young man may play over Ish Witter or anyone else? Absolutely not. All I believe is that what used to be said about Texas recruits (in that you take a three-star from Texas over a three-star from Missouri in a lot of instances) is the same about Florida recruits. Walters comes in from a huge program from Florida, where he had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and undefeated teams. I think this is someone who may have been underrated from a recruiting standpoint (stop me where you have heard this before about Mizzou prospects) and could be someone who may challenge for time and carries.

countrycal: I really feel like the coaching staff is going to go deep into every game with the top three ball carriers. That does not rule out the need for talented athletes on the special teams squad. I think our team is getting to the point in our recruiting that the redshirt becomes less and less necessary to protect coming years simply because of the depth we are able to add each year. I would not be at all surprised to see either of our young running backs used on special teams or for mop-up duty in big wins. Trevon may well get a chance to show his athletic skills before we see his running-back skills.

Bill C.: Trevon Walters begins his career wearing No. 20, Henry Josey's number; if nothing else, that proves he's not scared of high expectations. Beyond that, all we know is that Walters put up excellent numbers against strong high school competition. Looking at his measurables and stats, one would think he'd have been a four-star rating with two more inches and 10 more pounds. But Mizzou has been coaxing four-star production out of three-star, slightly smaller backs for a while.

wooderson: worst relevant, woven rattlers, tavern trowels

Ish Witter (Fr.)

5'8, 195, Fr.

The Beef: Another RB from Florida, though one who is more Marcus Murphy in stature than Morgan Steward (who Walters resembles). Do we have success with backs of this relative size and skill set? Absolutely. Will Witter see time this season? Possibly, especially if Murphy is only looking at 50 or so carries because of his time split out. Could BOTH Walters and Witter see time (and avoid the red shirt)? I doubt it, as you like to keep a year in between them if you can. But Witter could certainly be someone I am excited about next season after Murphy moves on.

countrycal: I have a feeling Ish Witter may get on the field before and more often that Walters simply because I think he may be used as a kick-returner-in-training. I am not sure why I feel that way exactly, but as I watched his film that was a thought that ran through my mind and out of my fingers to this walkthrough. Now the idea is yours – do with it as you see fit.

AlaTiger: I do think one of these two freshmen plays this year, if only on special teams. Which one, I haven’t a clue.

wooderson: heir twist, twit shine, it withers, tit wisher, write shit

Bill C.: With anagrams like these, there's no way he's anything less than an all-conference performer.