COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- With Missouri’s loss to Syracuse on Saturday, the road to college football’s postseason gets tougher. If Mizzou could have held off the Orangemen in the final minutes of the fourth quarter on Saturday, it’d be the Tigers celebrating a berth to play in a bowl game instead of Syracuse.
The Tigers still have a shot to make it to a bowl game this season with a win Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas when they faceoff against the challenging Aggies of Texas A&M.
The Missouri Tigers have had a season of triumphs and some defeats, but one bright spot is the development of star freshman Dorial Green-Beckham. The year of 2012 has been a roller coaster for DGB and his Mizzou supporters.
Green-Beckham was the #1 ranked recruit in the country coming into the 2012 season. DGB signed his letter-of-intent for Mizzou on February 1, 2012 over schools like Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Ohio State and many other prestigious football-rich schools.
DGB suited up and played his first regular season football game on opening day at Faurot Field on September 1 against Southeastern Louisiana. He ended the game with 3-catches for 32 yards. Mizzou fans were ecstatic to see the positive production DGB had in his very first college football game. Add DGB to an already tall and athletic group of wide receivers and this Mizzou offense could be something special. We quickly learned that the injury bug would be hindering the offense throughout most of the season.
In the second game of the season and Mizzou’s first ever game in the Southeastern Conference against a member in the conference was against Georgia. DGB only had 1-catch for just 5-yards in the Missouri loss.
When Missouri played Arizona State at home on September 15, we saw DGB rush the ball a 4-times for 20-yards. He had 1-catch for just 2-yards. Many Mizzou fans started wondering why a star wide receiver recruit was being utilized more in an area of the offense that was about rushing instead of receiving.
DGB didn’t score his first touchdown until September 29th against Central Florida on an 80-yard bomb thrown by James Franklin.
On Wednesday, October 4, DGB was arrested on charges of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana. He was instantly suspended for the October 6 game against Vanderbilt. Mizzou ended up losing to the Commodores in a close game. Many fans were very shocked and upset after hearing the news of DGB’s arrest. As a star recruit with tons of hype, fans were not happy with DGB’s actions.
After his suspension, DGB didn’t have a single catch against #1-ranked Alabama. After Mizzou’s loss to Alabama, the Tigers were 3-4 overall and 0-4 in the SEC.
DGB had 7-catches for 25-yards in Mizzou’s first SEC win against Kentucky. When Mizzou played Florida in Gainesville, he had 6-catches for 73-yards.
In arguably his best game of the season, DGB was vital to Missouri victory against Tennessee in Knoxville on November 10. He scored the game-tying touchdown with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He added to his stat-line when he scored his second touchdown of the game in 3rd overtime. Eventually, DGB ended up with just 2-catches for 35-yards and his 2-touchdowns and Mizzou won the game 51-48. This pushed Mizzou within one win of bowl eligibility.
On Saturday, DGB continued putting up good numbers when he scored a touchdown on just 2-catches for 79-yards.
The Tigers have one game left on Saturday when they take on #9-rank Texas A&M. Currently, DGB has 24-catches, 340-yards receiving and 4-touchdowns. Although Mizzou may not make a bowl game this year, Mizzou fans should be content with how DGB’s performed. Despite the marijuana arrest, DGB has put up good numbers for a true freshman. With players graduating and players developing expect DGB to be a bigger part of the Missouri offense in 2013.