Missouri has been waiting and not always patiently for the proverbial light to come on for former top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham, and at Kentucky, that light may have finally been switched on with a monster performance.
The 6-foor-6, 225-pound wide receiver from Springfield, Mo. has struggled to live up to the prodigious hype that preceded his arrival at Columbia. Today’s seven receptions for 100 yards and four touchdowns is the type of performance Missouri fans are hoping is a sign of things to come.
This was his second 100-yard performance of the season and his career, but DGB’s biggest issue moving forward in this season and his career is consistency. After his first-career 100-yard game this season, he totaled only 16 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns.
Hopefully this was not just a tease and a blip on the radar for a player who was called the next Calvin Johnson after he was the No. 1 ranked recruit in the nation according to the 247sports composite rankings.
He and Maty Mauk finally established a rapport today and that bodes well for the future as they could be a formidable duo next year. James Franklin is expected to start vs. Ole Miss in the Tiger’s next game and he has to look his way early and often to keep his confidence high.
If he gets in sync with Franklin early vs. the Rebels and dominates their secondary as he did the Wildcats, then all the talk about him being a bust can be put to rest.
However, he needs to prove that he can put together a string of performances like he had Saturday and show he can be a consistent threat, and not just take advantage of the worst team in the conference.
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