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January 2, 2014

Tall order for OSU’s D

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IRVING, Texas —

The Missouri quarterbacks — between Franklin and Maty Mauk, who has still seen some action even with Franklin back from injury — have spread the ball around to top targets Dorial Green-Beckham, Marcus Lucas and L’Damian Washington.

“They have the biggest, strongest wide receivers we’ve seen all year,” Spencer said. “They always come down with the ball, it doesn’t have to be a perfect ball.”

Green-Beckham and Lucas each have 55 catches with Green-Beckham leading the team with 12 touchdown receptions and second behind Washington with 830 yards. Despite eight fewer catches than Green-Beckham and Lucas, Washington leads the receivers with 853 yards and is second on the squad with 10 touchdowns.

“They have the ability to jump up there and make the catch at the highest point of the ball,” OSU senior safety Daytawion Lowe said. “The quarterbacks kind of throw it up and they go get it at the highest point. That makes them very effective when you’ve got guys who can just out-jump the defensive backs.”

The reason for Missouri’s success in getting to the pass at the peak is the size of the receivers. Washington is the shortest of the bunch at 6-foot-4, while Lucas is 6-5 and Green-Beckham is listed at 6-6. In comparison, safety Lyndell Johnson is the tallest Cowboy in the secondary at 6-3 with most other starters at cornerback and safety are right around 6-foot.

“That’s one thing we’ve been working on is playing the ball in the air,” Lowe said. “We’ve got to make plays on the ball and that’s what it’s going to come down to because their receivers are going to go up and get the ball. They’ve got us by a couple of inches, so it’s no secret what we’ve got to do.”

Jason Elmquist is the sports editor of the Stillwater NewsPress

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