After leading Missouri in receptions and receiving yards during the three scrimmages throughout fall camp, true freshman WR Dorial Green-Beckham saw his first action of the season in the Tigers' season-opening 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana. After Green-Beckham registered 3 catches for 32 yards, he took time to reflect on his first college football game.
"It was exciting," said the talented young player who has Mizzou Nation excited. "It's something to get used to. It's a lot different than what it was (back in high school)."
"I feel like that first game took all of my nervousness away," explained Green-Beckham. "This week, I've got to come out a little more prepared, a little more focused."
"I can only imagine how nervous they were," said Coach Yost, talking about Green-Beckham and fellow true freshman, Evan Boehm, seeing their first action at the college level. "There's a lot of butterflies going around, a lot of anxiety. I know with Dorial, I think he handled it really well."
Coach Yost went on to relate a short in-game conversation he had with Coach Hill when they called Green-Beckam's number early in the game.
"We had a screen pass scripted for him," said Coach Yost referring to Green-Beckham's first pass reception. "He was lining up, and I asked, "How nervous do you think he is, Coach Hill?"
Then, Coach Yost repeated Coach Hill's response.
"Not as nervous as I am," replied Coach Hill. "But, I think he knows what he's doing."
"There's a lot of things going on in your head," continued Coach Yost, completing his retelling of that in-game moment.
"When Dorial made that big play down the sideline," continued Coach Yost. "I mean, that's what kind of I think he expects to do, and we expect him to do."
Green-Beckham is looking forward to his next game, this Saturday against Georgia.
"I'm looking forward to (the Georgia game)," said Green-Beckham. "We just got done watching film on them…………………………………….. Having the older guys helping me is really (helping out)."
Green-Beckham continues to prepare to play both the Y and the X WR positions.
Earlier, Coach Pinkel talked about Green-Beckham.
"He has good size," explained Coach Pinkel, referring to what kind of a perimeter blocker Green-Beckham can become. "He's a great athlete, but his attitude is very humble. He works hard. He wants to be really good. He wants to be a complete receiver. He wants to obviously make plays (with the football), but he wants to be a receiver who helps his team on every play, and he's getting better at that."
Green-Beckham is looking for a big game on Saturday.
"I feel like our (team) speed is going to be faster this week," said Green-Beckham. "We're looking forward to going out there and have all of our receivers make plays."