Kendial Lawrence, Marcus Murphy Add Speed Element for Missouri Tigers
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Line 'em up when they're all healthy and Missouri's trio of speedy Texas tailbacks would make for quite the race.
While waiting for All-Big 12 Henry Josey to recover from a pair of knee operations that will sideline him this season, the Tigers are counting on fellow burners Kendial Lawrence and Marcus Murphy. Both had big games in the opening 62-10 rout against lower division Southeastern Louisiana, but the degree of difficulty will be ramped up significantly when Missouri makes its Southeastern Conference debut against No. 7 Georgia on Saturday night.
Of course, it's about more than the stopwatch. Quarterback James Franklin doesn't have a particularly impressive 40 time but is plenty elusive, running for 15 touchdowns last year and finishing as the second-leading rusher with 981 yards and a 4.5-yard average.