COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — As Missouri opened its season with an inconsistent 38-18 win against South Dakota State on Saturday, Russell Hansbrough appeared to be in top form.
The junior running back rushed 20 times for 126 yards — both career highs — and scored a touchdown that proved to be the game-winner.
It was his first career start after backing up Henry Josey alongside Marcus Murphy in his first two seasons with the Tigers. But with Josey now in the NFL and Murphy seeing increased time at receiver, the spotlight will grow brighter on Hansbrough — something he's been uncomfortable with in the past.
Nonetheless, coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that he expects Hansbrough will continue to receive about 20 carries per game.