A few words with… Marcus King

An unusual fourth-year junior, Marcus King took a rare redshirt season after his sophomore year to grow into the cornerback position. He overtook senior A.J. Kincade and earned the start against Ball State on Sept. 18. Check inside for King's thoughts on regaining a starting spot and the improvement of the Missouri defense.

Marcus King has experience.

But his experience is somewhat unusual, as he spent two seasons playing both free safety and cornerback, seeing action in all 23 of Missouri's games in 2001 and 2002. He took a redshirt season last year, to allow him to continue to mature physically.

That decision proved to be a wise one. King has moved to cornerback full-time and has become one of the most consistent players in the secondary. King overtook senior A.J. Kincade at one corner position against Ball State and topped the depth chart this week. InsideMizzou chatted with King on Monday…

On if he knew he would start against Ball State: "I didn't even know until the coaches told me. I'm not really worried about starting. I'm just going out there to produce for the team."

On his feelings about grabbing a starting job again: "It's exciting and I'm proud about that, but I'm just gonna go out there and do what I can."

On rotating in and out of the game with the other cornerbacks: "I'm comfortable as long as they're comfortable with me, too. All three of us can play at any time, no matter who's performing or goes down with an injury or something like that. They're pretty comfortable about playing or starting or whatever, so I'm comfortable."

On if he thinks he is ready to start: "I feel comfortable starting the rest of the year, but if that's not the case then I can come off the bench and do the same thing I've been doing all year."

On the growth of the secondary this season: "We work on things like staying on top of players and cutting down big plays. All we're doing is progressing each week and getting better and better. That's all we can do."

On if he can see improvement: "Yeah, each and every week you can. We're proud of that. No big plays and things like that to make sure we stay on top of it. All we can do is the things that (the coaching staff) asks."

On the move fellow cornerback Shirdonya Mitchell made from offense to defense: "I don't know how long it typically takes, but to me it seems like he adjusted pretty well. I'm excited for what he's done."

On facing Colorado this weekend: "They're a great team. They got a good power game and we'll see what they have. They're a little bit more run-oriented, but they have a passing game, too. You have to play both sides well."

On if he is excited to face an inexperienced Colorado receiving corps: "We're excited to play a group of receivers, period. Any team that passes or wants to pass, we're excited to play them. It's a chance for us to show our talents and show everybody that we can make plays just like they can."

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