Webb Sees Benefits Of Red-Shirt Year

Missouri Tiger red-shirt freshman safety Braylon Webb talks about first year being in the program and looks ahead

During Missouri's early bowl practices, young players, including many freshmen who spent their first year working on the scout team, received the opportunity for considerable repetitions on the practice field. Safety Braylon Webb was one of those freshmen, who ended up taking a red-shirt during 2010, and he stopped by after practice to visit with ShowMeMizzou.

Following this particular practice, Webb was one of a couple of young safeties who stayed on the field after practice, and worked with Coach Ford on some man to man pass coverage fundamentals. Webb talked about getting to play the Missouri defense, and receiving some individual instruction on technique.

"The red-shirt year, and Gun Club, that really helped me out," said Webb. "Coming in, I was a little skeptical about sitting out. But, seeing it out here, I see much improvement for me. I feel lighter, and more confident. That's really helping me. I've just got to keep carrying that into each and every practice..................... We're just going through the basics right now, but I've still got to build on the things that they're teaching me now."

"I'm trying to get better," explained Webb, talking about the extra work that he was doing with Coach Ford. "It was just basically, man to man coverage. In high school, we rarely played man, and if we did, it was just basic. Up here, it's more complex. There's more to it than I thought it was. He's just teaching me the footwork, and where to look, and what to do if you get beat, and just overall, how to do it."

Webb talked about his favorite part of getting to play in the Missouri defense.

"On the scout team, we only got to hit for two periods," explained Webb. "Out here, you can do it all day long. All you've got to do is stay up. So, I try to put it on them. Not too much, though. I love to hit! I love it! Yeah!"

Webb talked about looking forward to the off-season program, and spring ball.

"You've got to keep working," explained Webb. "Like Coach Ivey said, the deck is going to be re-shuffled. So, I've just got to keep working."

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