Missouri Tigers Expecting Improvement from Dorial Green-Beckham

By Tim Letcher

Dorial Green-Beckham came to the Missouri Tigers last year with tons of expectations on his shoulders. Green-Beckham was the nation’s number one recruit for the 2012 class, and he picked the Tigers over nearly every other school in the country.

Getting Green-Beckham was a recruiting coup for coach Gary Pinkel and the Missouri staff. Green-Beckham was named the national high school player of the year for the 2011 season by Sports Illustrated, Parade Magazine and USA Today.

During his senior season at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo., Green-Beckham caught 119 passes for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also had 15 touchdowns as a junior, 23 as a sophomore and 13 as a freshman. He finished his prep career with a national record 6,353 yards receiving.

As a freshman last season at Mizzou, Green-Beckham struggled at times. He was a little late in learning the offense, but did show big play ability at times. DGB had an 80-yard TD reception against Central Florida, and a 70-yard touchdown catch against the Syracuse Orange.

For the season, he caught 28 passes for 395 yards and five scores. He also rushed five times for 16 yards. Green-Beckham did come on late in the season. In his last five games, he amassed 21 catches for 267 yards and four touchdowns in those last five contests.

Green-Beckham had to deal with some of the same woes that plagued the Missouri offense all season. Namely, he was catching passes from a couple of different quarterbacks, James Franklin and Corbin Berkstresser. DGB and Berkstresser seemed to have a chemistry in the Tigers’ win over the Kentucky Wildcats. Green-Beckham caught a season-best seven passes in that game.

If Missouri is to turn the corner in the Southeastern Conference in 2013, Pinkel and new offensive coordinator Josh Henson need to find a way to get Green-Beckham more involved in the offense.

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