Every year, a college football program will graduate or lose any number of impact players with the hopes that newcomers will pick up the productivity and replace the impact that they lose with the exit of former stars, and every year those guys are adequately replaced at one school or another. This year, Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated listed out the top 15 freshmen likely to make waves at their new schools, and the good news for Missouri is that highly-touted wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is listed among them.
It's not that surprising, really, to see him mentioned on the list given his rating as the best wideout coming into college this year and the breadth of his recruitment coverage.
"This week, Green-Beckham broke some news that put the lie to one of the oft-repeated touts that followed him through his recruitment," writes Staples. "He isn't 6-6. He's 6-5 ½. OK, so he isn't an exact clone of Calvin Johnson. But he's still quite tall, and he still runs quite fast, and he still will play in a wide-open offense with a capable quarterback. In other words, the cornerbacks of the SEC have their hands full."