In his first year with the Missouri Tigers, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was largely a disappointment. DGB came out of Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo., as the top-rated high school player in his class. When he committed to stay near home to play for Mizzou, it was seen as a recruiting coup for Gary Pinkel and his staff.
However, the season, as a whole, was largely disappointing for the talented receiver. Green-Beckham caught 28 passes for 395 yards in 2012. He did lead the team with five receiving touchdowns as Mizzou completed its first year in the SEC.
Green-Beckham did pick up the pace during the second half of last season. Through his first seven games, he had only seven catches for 128 yards. However, in the last five contests, DGB had 21 receptions for 267 yards and four of his five touchdowns.
The expectations for Green-Beckham are bigger this season. On Thursday, he was voted third-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches. While that could be a nod to his physical abilities, it also shows that the coaches in the nation’s toughest conference think that this could be a breakout year for the talented sophomore.
Green-Beckham now must live up to the expectations, while helping the Tigers re-gain the offensive momentum they had before his arrival. If DGB can become an effective target for quarterback James Franklin, it would be a huge boost to an offense that struggled last season, especially against powerful SEC defenses.
Missouri is hoping to bounce back from last season’s 5-7 mark, and if Green-Beckham can become the player that he is expected to be, that would be a huge stepping stone for the Mizzou program.