COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri football team’s first preseason scrimmage was closed to the media and fans, but apparently freshman wide receiver Dimetrios Mason made the most of the opportunity.
“I think we had a lot of guys make plays on offense that stood out the most,” senior middle linebacker Michael Scherer said on Monday. “K-9. I don’t know his real name. Dimetrios Mason. That’s what it is. He scored two long touchdowns. Should have had three. He’s just a playmaker. You can put him anywhere you want on the field. He’s fast as can be. He goes up and gets the ball and makes plays.”
Mason is a 6-foot, 170-pound speedster from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., and he’s been one of the most talked about newcomers throughout preseason camp.
His performance during Saturday’s scrimmage backed that up.
When asked who impressed during the scrimmage, senior wide receiver and Alabama transfer Chris Black pointed to the player everybody calls “K-9.”
“Dimetrios Mason,” Black said. “To see a freshman go out and make plays like that and just have confidence his first scrimmage is a big thing. He reminds me of myself a lot when I was a freshman — kind of hard on himself. So I always talk to him and tell him to just go out and have fun and play his game.”
Black said Mason has moved around in the offense and isn’t just a slot receiver or outside guy because of his versatility.
“He has kind of moved around a lot,” Black said. “He can do a lot of things.”
Mason was a mystery man as a prospect when he committed to the Tigers right before Signing Day in February. He was described as a speedster who played wide receiver, cornerback and returned kicks.
Senior cornerback Aarion Penton was one of the players praising Mason on Monday morning during the Tigers’ media availability.
“Very fast, catch it and get upfield guy,” Penton said. “That’s exactly what he did. I think he caught a slant and took it quite a few yards. That’s the stuff that we need. I’m excited to see a young guy step up and get yards after the catch.”
The Tigers have a crowded wide receiver group, return two starters in juniors Nate Brown and J'Mon Moore and then added transfers like Black and Dominic Collins along with signing Mason, but it’s obvious the youngster from Georgia has made a strong impression.
Senior receiver Eric Laurent highlighted him early in camp when asked who had stood out to him. Mason has lived up to that.
“Dimetrios, or K-9 as we call him, has been absolutely killing it as far as his work ethic and his speed and just his will and want to know the game and get better at the game,” Laurent said. “I’m his big brother. I’m a little biased for sure. If you ask any guy on the team, they’ll really say that Dimetrios is impressing them and I see a lot of great potential in him in the future.”
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