Sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough is off to a good start this spring. He’s shown tremendous speed and quickness, along with very good receiving ability, very good vision, and the ability to make people miss in tight spaces.
Last season, when Hansbrough saw limited action as a true freshman, he had 37 carries for 139 yards (3.8 yards/carry). He also returned 1 kickoff for 56 yards.
During last Saturday’s scrimmage, Hansbrough picked up 19 yards on 3 carries (6.3 yards/carry), and he had 1 reception for 12 yards.
Recently, Missouri’s current number two TB took time to speak with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his development as a back, and Spring Football.
“I feel like I’m getting the hang of it,” explained Hansbrough. “I’m getting used to the speed of the game. I’m getting more comfortable.”
Hansbrough often utilizes a spin move to avoid being tackled. He said that he’s had that spin move since pee-wee football.
“When I was in pee-wee, I imitated other running backs that I saw on TV,” explained Hansbrough.
The 5’8” Hansbrough weighed in this spring at 189 pounds. In testing this spring, he ran a 4.34 forty, and he posted a 41” standing vertical jump. Hansbrough ran a 4.18 shuttle, and he has put up 9 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.
Hansbrough talked about his goals for this spring.
“I just want to get better,” said Hansbrough. “And, just get used to the game, and help the team as much as I can