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December 14, 2010

Redshirt report: Braylon Webb

Braylon Webb came to Missouri along with his cousin, Tristen Holt. Although Holt was the more highly regarded recruit, according to Rivals.com, Webb was just as instrumental in Gilmer's run to an undefeated season in 2009. Webb defensed eight passes, forced two fumbles and recovered one, and he added seven touchdowns as a receiver and running back on offense.

Plus, he threw for one touchdown.

Still, a deep defensive backfield kept Webb off the field his first season in Columbia, as the coaching staff elected to have him take a redshirt.

PowerMizzou.com: How'd you take the news that the coaches wanted you to redshirt?

Braylon Webb: "We all took it bad, you know? We all wanted to play, but the redshirt year, it really helps you out with the Gun Club (the football team's strength and conditioning program). It's tough, but you get a lot of improvement outta it and more confidence and you just gotta keep improving."

PM: How did you adjust, knowing that you'd practice everyday but you wouldn't play on Saturdays?

Webb: Some days, I kinda didn't really feel like getting up. But my teammates, we're always helping each other out, either by waking people up or just saying a few words of encouragement. It really helps.

PM: Coming from Texas, how did you make the adjustment to live in Missouri? I'm sure having Tristen here helps.

Webb: Yeah, but with the break coming up (after the bowl game), we're ready to go home. We're taking it (the adjustment) pretty good, though.

PM: The secondary is losing four guys who started at some point this season. Do you feel more pressure to impress the coaches during these bowl practices to get into the rotation for next year?

Webb: Yessir. It's just like Coach Ivey is preaching to us during Gun Club -- 'The deck is gonna be re-shuffled in January'. It's gonna get competitive from here on out.

PM: What goals are you looking at for next season?

Webb: We set goals in our position meetings. My goals are to break into the starting lineup anywhere, special team-wise or on defense.

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