Missouri Tigers wide receiver Marcus Lucas is heading into his junior season looking to contribute in a bigger way than he did as a rookie and a sophomore.
ESPN.com's Edward Aschoff included Lucas on his list of players in the SEC East with a point to prove:
Offensive coordinator David Yost said this spring that he tried to get Lucas on the field as much as possible last fall because of his speed and playmaking ability. The result was 23 catches for 414 yards and five touchdowns. Now, Yost wants more. Lucas admits he slacked some during his first years, but insists that he's totally dialed in now. Mizzou is still looking for a true downfield passing game and Lucas has what it takes to be a top deep threat in this league. A lot of attention has been paid to highly touted freshman Dorial Green-Beckham, but Mizzou's staff wants -- and needs -- a big year out of Lucas.
Lucas started just three games as a sophomore, but emerged as a deep threat as he got more reps throughout the season.