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Nate Brown’s had a good spring, and ... man, if he has a breakout senior year, look out

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Spring performances only mean so much, but man, if Nate Brown were to have a nice senior season for Mizzou, that would mean a lot.

“I think Nate Brown is probably having one of the best camps that I’ve seen in a while,” [right tackle Paul] Adams said. “Coming off everything he’s had the last two years. The man just does not stop. He’s overcome so much. He’s going to be a huge wide receiver for us.” [...]

Lock said Brown is capable of making some very competitive catches and has already seen some this spring. Adams said Brown’s ball security is arguably the best on the team.

“I try not to limit myself as possession (receiver),” Brown said. “I just try to make plays whenever the ball is in the air.”

Whatever he considers himself, if Mizzou had a strong blocker and possession man in the Z-receiver spot, that would give Drew Lock an incredible number of security-blanket options, between a strong run game, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, and Brown. That, in turn, would make Emanuel Hall and slots Johnathan Johnson/Richaud Floyd doubly dangerous, especially if Hall is able to take the next step in his development, too.

The bigger playbook could benefit senior Emanuel Hall more than any returning player. Last season, Hall emerged as one of the country’s best deep threats, averaging 24.8 yards on his 33 receptions. That average ranked second nationally. Eight of his receptions ended in the end zone. But the 6-3 speedster was mostly a one-hit wonder whose production usually came on go routes down the right sideline. In Dooley’s offense, the Tigers can move Hall to other parts of the field, and he’ll run a more diverse set of patterns.

“He takes that challenge of being a proficient route-runner and intermediate and short-gain pass-catcher very seriously,” Ofodile said. “That’s what we need out of him, to be the total package.”

As I wrote this weekend, I’m concerned about making things too complicated for this personnel, but at some point you just have too many weapons for it to matter. Mizzou’s not there yet, but the Tigers could be reasonably close.

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