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2012 Missouri Football: The Dorial Green-Beckham Era Begins

Missouri's blue chip recruit, receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, is officially on campus and finding his way in the Tigers' offense.

July 17, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA;  Missouri Tigers coach Gary Pinkel speaks during a press conference at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel.   Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE
July 17, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Missouri Tigers coach Gary Pinkel speaks during a press conference at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Missouri was able to best Arkansas and a host of other schools to enter their freshman year in the Southeastern Conference with the freshman receiver everyone else coveted - Dorial Green-Beckham. "DGB" is officially on campus in Columbia, and adjusting quickly to the speed of the college game and the pace of the Tiger offense, according to the Columbia Missourian:

"Each day I learn something different, so that the next day I've got it down," he said. "But we've still got a lot of things to work on."

Learning formations during training camp is one of those things. In addition, Green-Beckham says he is still learning the nuances of individual routes. He says he has to take time outside of practice to study the playbook and prepare for practice.

"What he's doing is he's getting down the system and everything and running routes," said David Yost, Missouri's offensive coordinator. "And now it's getting to fine tune those routes so he can use his athleticism and his skill to get himself open."

Certainly the Tigers wouldn't mind DGB at game-ready levels of preparation as soon as they host Southeastern Louisiana on September 1, but as Rock M Nation breaks down, head coach Gary Pinkel even admitted that his receiving corps was "loaded," so expect a steady, slow transition for Green-Beckham.

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