COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- Missouri Tiger senior running back Kendial Lawrence began the 2012 season with the starting position secure. Promising running back Henry Josey suffered a major injury against Texas in 2011, which gave Lawrence the opportunity to emerge as the sole starter for the Tiger offense.
So far in 2012, Lawrence is putting up very respectable statistics in a conference that stresses defense. Mizzou joined the Southeastern Conference over the summer and Lawrence is currently ranked 9th in average rushing yards-per-game.
Ninth may not seem like a huge achievement, but considering the amount of injuries suffered on the offensive line, the Tigers are lucky to have such an effective rusher. Lawrence has played in all 8 games for Mizzou, racking up 632-total rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. He’s averaging 5.4 yards per rushing attempt and averaging 79-rushing yards per game.
Lawrence leads the Tiger offense in scoring and has been one of the only consistent areas on the Mizzou offense all season. In the SEC, Lawrence gains more rushing-yards-per game than #1 Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore and Georgia freshman Keith Marshall.
Missouri got its first in-conference win Saturday since joining the SEC over the summer. The Tigers defeated Kentucky 33-10 on Saturday. Lawrence was a huge part of the win rushing for 108-yards and 2 touchdowns.
There are many things Mizzou needs to do in order to keep the success rolling. Getting the ball to Kendial Lawrence has proven to be a reliable option. Up next, Mizzou travels to Gainesville, Florida to take on the Gators.