Iowa State's Alexander Robinson, center, is wrapped up by Missouri's Tavon Bolden, left, and Jarrell Harrison during first half of an NCAA college football game in Ames, Iowa., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Pope) By Steve Pope
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Jarrell Harrison is playing linebacker for the first time since he was in sixth grade. Whatever it takes for No. 11 Missouri.
A slew of injuries at the position has forced coach Gary Pinkel to move players out of their customary positions. Harrison, a 217-pound safety, has embraced the opportunity.
The Tigers' top two linebackers, Luke Lambert and Will Ebner, have missed significant time. Lambert has already been ruled out for the seventh straight game with a knee injury and Ebner has been bothered by a neck strain as well as broken bone in a pinky toe.
Harrison started at safety but also played both linebacker positions in Missouri's 14-0 victory at Iowa State last week. The senior had a team-leading six tackles plus a fumble recovery headed into Saturday's game against Kansas.
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