Abbington Ready to Wreck Things

Missouri running back commitment Chase Abbington said he couldn't pick just one reason to join the USA U-19 team after he was invited.

He said he looked forward to the sportsmanship, the chance to show leadership, to play with the best in the country and against the best in other countries.

"A lot of different big-time players are here," Abbington said. "It was a great experience, and a chance to represent our country in our favorite way, playing football."

Abbington said it was definitely a bonus to get the chance to represent the Show Me State.

"There's five Missouri guys here, and three of them are committed to Mizzou," Abbington said. "And we're going to get the other two guys to come with us. With Trent Hosick being the next big thing at quarterback, me at halfback and Alec Abeln at center, it's a chance for us to mesh and do some great things."

But Abbington didn't get a chance to show off his ball-carrying skills. Instead, he was immediately placed on the defense, where his big-time speed makes him an impact player.

"I want to show that I can play both ways, and that I'm a dominant player on both sides," Abbington said. "I'm a running back and safety at home, and here they have me playing some linebacker, so I can show that I'm not afraid to get my nose dirty and wreck things up."

Abbington weighs 210 pounds — "It's not up here," he said, motioning to his shoulders and chest. "It's down here (pointing at his legs)." — and the last time he was clocked in the 40-yard dash was as a sophomore, when he burned out a 4.4-flat 40-yard dash.

"If I could describe my playing style, I would say fast," Abbington said. "There ain't nobody that's going to beat me to the outside. And if you break it, I'm coming after you."

That same attitude applies to other members of the Missouri recruiting class, one that Abbington said was confident.

"Missouri's game has definitely stepped up since going to the SEC," Abbington said. "They've got the best of the best coming from Missouri and also kids coming from out-of-state. We want to make a big statement. We're going to be wrecking shop down there."

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