“I felt like I just needed a breath of fresh air, a new start,” Black said. I made the right choice. Coach (Josh) Heupel, Coach (Andy) Hill are all great dudes, so I’m just glad to be here.”
A 6-foot, 192-pounder, Black was a high-profile recruit coming out of Jacksonville, Fla., but wasn’t able to make much of a mark with the Crimson Tide. He recorded 25 receptions for 290 yards in his three seasons with Nick Saban’s squad.
Now that he has a fresh start, he’s looking to take advantage of his one season with the Tigers and repay the coaching staff for giving him the opportunity.
“They took a chance on me,” Black said. “I didn’t have much film. I’ve been banged up a little bit through my career, but I appreciate those guys taking a chance on me and giving me an opportunity to come here and make plays.”
So far, the Mizzou slot receiver said everything’s been great.
“The coaching staff and everybody has done a really good job of helping me get adjusted and picking everything up,” Black said.
Missouri coach Barry Odom said Saturday he’s excited to see what Black can bring to the black and gold.
Odom said he likes Black’s experience in the Southeastern Conference and that he’s already working to become a leader with his new team.
“It’s always hard when a newcomer comes in to be a leader, just because it’s a new guy coming in, but he’s taken a tremendous responsibility in trying to lead our team and that side of the ball and that receiver group,” Odom said.
Black has been practicing, but the coach noted that he’s not quite in game shape after dealing with injuries last fall.
“I don’t think, if you ask him, I don’t think he’d say he’s 100 percent,” Odom said. “When you start practice you see a guy that’s got tremendous quickness and speed and as he gets towards the end of practice he’s not in game shape yet. That will come. I’m excited about what he’s going to bring.”