Hansbrough Has Outstanding Spring

Missouri Tigers speedy sophomore-to-be Russell Hansbrough won the most improved running back award at halftime of the Black & Gold game in capping off an outstanding spring in which he got the attention of Mizzou coaches.

Sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough 5’8” 189 made a very positive impression all spring, and came away from spring ball with Missouri’s Most Improved Award at his position.

In the three scrimmages this spring, Hansbrough had 9 carries for 64 yards (7.1 yards/carry) and 1 TD. He also made 4 receptions for 48 yards (12 yards/reception). Throughout the spring, Hansbrough consistently demonstrated exceptional acceleration, and change of direction. And, he showed off a very smooth spin move that allows him to further avoid being tackled.

Missouri head Coach Gary Pinkel talked about Hansbrough’s work this spring.

“He’s really looked good! Certainly, he has some great quicks,” explained Coach Pinkel. “With the depth that we have at tailback, if you can stand out, that’s pretty good!”

ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Hansbrough, and he talked about his first spring at Missouri.

“I feel like I’m getting the hang of it,” explained Hansbrough. “I mean, I’m getting better used to the speed of the game (at this level).”

Hansbrough said that he’s been utilizing that spin move since “pee-wee” football. He said that in high school, he was able to just outrun everyone, so he had a tendency to take everything to the outside.

“When I got here, Coach Jones was really on me about getting up field,” explained Hansbrough. “Because back in high school, I could just run sideways, and just outrun everybody. But here, you’ve got to stick it and go.”

Hansbrough reports spring testing results of 4.34 in the forty, 4.18 shuttle, 41” standing vertical, and 9 reps in the bench press at 225 pounds.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” said Hansbrough. “I just want to get better, and help the team as much as I can.”

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