COLUMBIA - Whether it was because of injury or a game that was already in hand, in the Missouri football team's victory over Illinois on Saturday, there were plenty of Tigers reserve players that saw the field.
And that's just how Missouri coach Gary Pinkel likes it.
"If you prove that you can play, you're going to play," Pinkel said. "You don't have to be a starter."
No matter how much practice time players put in, Pinkel said there's no substitute for the conditions that were presented to his team against the Illini. And Pinkel thinks the experience each player off the Tigers' bench receives will serve them well down the road.
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