Saturday, August 18, 2007

MU’s Alexander likes increased role


— After a productive freshman season, Danario Alexander is at the top of the depth chart for Missouri wide receivers.

Alexander had 15 catches for 251 yards and a touchdown in 2006. In preseason practice, he's turning heads while working at the No. 1 spot at the H-receiver position.

"He's certainly a playmaker," coach Gary Pinkel said after a scrimmage Monday in which Alexander caught three passes for 79 yards.

A year ago, the Marlin, Texas, native wasn't even sure if he'd play or redshirt. It was a scrimmage at the end of fall camp in 2006 that helped him make the team.

Still, Alexander didn't come on until the end of last season, after Will Franklin tore his labrum against Iowa State. Over the final four games, Alexander caught 11 passes for 211 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown catch in the Sun Bowl loss to Oregon State.

"That's that year that everyone goes through," he said. "It's a different speed of the game - the game is different."

Franklin, a senior, is coming off back-to-back seasons with at least 40 catches. Franklin and Alexander join a group of receivers that includes the tight end tandem of Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman.


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