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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Missouri's Green-Beckham playing faster

By Chris Low

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Wednesday that prized freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been exactly what the Tigers' staff thought he would be -- as a player and as a person -- when they won a fierce recruiting battle back in February to get the country's No. 1-rated wide receiver prospect.

"He’s a remarkably talented player," Pinkel said. "He is what people think he is. He also is a very humble guy. He has humility and is a great team player. The reason I mention that is those guys have a chance to be really, really good because they’re eager to learn. They ask for advice, and they take coaching."

The Tigers have taught Green-Beckham two positions this preseason -- the Y inside spot and the X outside spot. With the multiple formations that are a part of Missouri's offense, Pinkel said it's easy for younger players to become bogged down and not play as fast. Green-Beckham is getting over that hurdle.

"You run 4.4 or 4.3, but you play at 4.6 because you’re thinking all the time," said Pinkel, referring to younger players trying to learn Missouri's system. "As the practices have gone by, you see (Green-Beckham's) athleticism come out more, where he just runs his route, doesn’t think, makes the catch and turns the ball upfield. I've been very, very pleased with his progress."