Create Your Favorite Missouri Football Player: Quarterback

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Missouri has a long line of players who have excelled in their respective positions and have individual traits that set them apart. You know, like the arm strength of Drew Lock or the athletic ability and quick twitch of a guy like Sheldon Richardson.

Which is a good starting point for this question: how would you build your ideal player? We’re going to start this week with the large releases.

The qualities of the best wide receivers are broken down into these categories:

  1. Athletics
  2. Running
  3. Hands
  4. explosiveness

Athletics : Justin Gage; 1999-2002

Wide receiver is a position where you will see some of the best athletic specimens in football. There is so much fluidity and speed. The choices for this category were all very close, but I chose the athlete of both sports at Gage.

At first, Gage arrived at Missouri as a freshman quarterback, but quickly transitioned to wide receiver. As soon as he made the switch, he was pretty much awesome. He had this giant frame coupled with the speed to race with almost anyone. He was terrific in those three seasons and started with the most career yards in history. At the same time, however, Gage was also playing on the Missouri winter basketball team. Gage played for three years as a reserve and was part of a team that made it into the elite eight.

Running and Hands: Jeremy Maclin; 2007-2008

Maclin was my pick in both categories here and honestly he was considered in all of those categories. He was one of the few guys who was consistently rated the best or near the best in all categories.

Outside of the line of scrimmage, Maclin was as quick as anyone I’ve seen and was exceptional at running all the different lanes in the lane tree and doing it with fluidity. He was also very good at recognizing zone coverage, finding the window and sitting down for the quarterback to hit him.

As for his hands, in the two seasons with the volume he’s gotten, he’s been ridiculously consistent in catching the ball and getting it into his body. He took shots in space, he took shots in traffic, he took shots really, everywhere. The key word here is consistency, because with all the passes thrown at him, you really can’t remember a fall from him.

Big 12 Football Championship – Missouri Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Explosiveness: Danario Alexander; 2006-2009

Some may think it’s a “hot take”, but it was a draw between Alexander and the aforementioned Maclin. I would totally understand if Maclin was thought to be more explosive, but I chose Alexander because I think at his peak he is perhaps the most explosive player we have seen in Mizzou.

Alexander was tall, with long arms and a large frame, and he also had an insane vertical leap. His large catching radius gave his QB a lot more leeway on where a ball could be delivered and when it was…

Phew.

If there’s one game that somehow encapsulates what I’m talking about, it’s this one. Here it was explosive:

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