For the second straight year, senior Kendial Lawrence heads into the season opener as Missouri's starting tailback. Just like a year ago, Lawrence won the job in the spring, and solidified his hold on the number one spot during fall camp. Lawrence has never looked better.
"Kendial Lawrence has had a great summer," Coach Pinkel said earlier this week. "He looks as good as he ever has looked here……………………………………….. He's had as good of a camp as we have had here from a running back. With his great speed, hopefully he can do some great things for us and be a difference maker."
Lawrence enters his senior season with 1207 career rushing yards and 9 career rushing TDs. He's averaged 4.9 yards/carry over his career at Missouri. The biggest difference I've noticed in Lawrence this year is that he's doing a better job of finishing runs.
Lawrence talked about getting the season underway.
"I'm really excited," said Lawrence. "I can't wait for the game to be here. I'm just ready to play out there with my teammates, with whom I've been working hard all spring and fall………………………………………….. I'm just going to go out there and give my all to do the best I can to help my team go out and get a win."
"I'm really excited for this last final year, my senior season, and playing for Mizzou," continued Lawrence. I'm anxious to get started."
During his Missouri career, Lawrence has had to fight through a number of injuries. He said that he is currently feeling pretty good.
"I'm in great health! Everything's fine," explained Lawrence. "I'm excited about that, feeling healthy, that I can perform at my best."
Lawrence is looking forward to a team effort.
"(I expect us) to go out there and play together as a team," said the senior. "If we play our A game, no one can beat us………………………………………… I'm going to go out there strong-minded, with positive thoughts, and give it my all, doing the best that I can, each and every play, to give my team the best shot at winning the game."
Lawrence talked about the team chemistry.
"The togetherness on this team is amazing! It's just really great! The chemistry is great, and that's how a winning team should be," explained Lawrence. "When you learn to play together and not be selfish, there's a lot of good things that can happen for the individual players and for the team at the same time, which is more important. So I mean, I think it's really important."
I asked Kendial Lawrence about his expectations for the season?
"I expect us to go out there and battle every game, play our hardest every game, starting game one to game twelve," replied Lawrence. "We've all worked so hard over and over and over, battling against each other, it's finally become time for us to go out there and hit another team, another guy. So I mean, we're ready to come together and play together, and just go out there and show these guys that we can compete in this conference and that we can play with anyone."