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September 24, 2013

Tuesday's Top Tigers


Tuesday's Top Tigers makes its return to PowerMizzou.com. A player's ranking one week has no bearing on his placement on the list the next week. Here is our take on the Tigers who had the best performances in the 45-28 win over Indiana:

Tuesday's Top Tigers
1 James Franklin, QB The two early interceptions prevented Missouri from putting the game away early, but Henson's plan was clearly to let Franklin win the game, and he did just that. 32-of-47 for 3 total TDs and 404 total yards was his best statistical game, and Franklin should have had another passing score, too.1
2 Dorial Green-Beckham, WR DGB finally went over 100 yards receiver, catching eight passes for 105 yards. His best catch was a seven-yard score on a fade route in the endzone, in which he overcame an interference call to somehow bring the ball in. 5
3 Kony Ealy, DE Ealy's interception and touchdown return shifted the momentum back to Missouri, and the Tigers never relinquished it. It was the key play against Indiana.NR
4 Marcus Lucas, WR Even with a fumble, Lucas was the steadying presence at receiver, catching ten balls for 101 yards. He came up big on third-downs a handful of times, and is becoming the go-to guy in those situations. NR
5 E.J. Gaines, CB Gaines' didn't do anything spectacularly on Saturday, but he came up with five tackles, one for loss and a pass deflection. By my recollection, he only had one pass completed against him and was big in run support on the perimeter.NR
6 Russell Hansbrough, RB He's been Missouri's best home-run threat in the backfield this season and showed that again on Saturday. He averaged five yards per carry on his first 12 touches, but his 13th went 45-yards for a touchdown. NR
7 Kentrell Brothers, LB Brothers quietly had a nice game and is becoming Missouri's best linebacker in coverage. He had two passes broken-up and an interception at the end of the first half to go with four tackles.NR
8 Evan Boehm, C When a team runs for nearly 300 yards, any offensive lineman could be here, but we'll give the nod to Boehm. He's settling in nicely to his new position. NR
9 L'Damian Washington, WR He had a very similar game to the one against Toledo with five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. 4
10 Marcus Murphy, TB Another steady game for Murphy at running back gets him the nod here. Ten rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown, and he didn't lose a yard on any carries. Murphy is becoming Missouri's best perimeter runner, and is becoming especially adept at the speed option. NR
11 Harold Brantley, DT He didn't get the start, but Brantley notched two tackles for loss. He's third on the team in that category and has been good against the run. NR

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