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    Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    The other night, I watched the Big 12 recap. The Missouri win over Kansas State was all about three great receptions (and yardage afer reception) by Alexander.

    Is he really that good? On the big 12 recap, he looked like the reincarnation of Jeremy Macklin! If we can control him, we should have a good day.

    Here is an AP excerpt:

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    MANHATTAN, Kan. Missouri's 38-12 victory over Kansas State on Saturday can be explained in two words Danario Alexander.
    Shaking off some would-be tacklers and outrunning others, the powerful 6-5 senior wide receiver had 200 yards and three touchdowns on 10 catches, his second consecutive monster game.
    "That guy would be one of the top receivers in the country if he had not gotten hurt," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. Alexander, whose career has been marred by four surgeries, had 214 yards receiving last week against Baylor.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    The other night, I watched the Big 12 recap. The Missouri win over Kansas State was all about three great receptions (and yardage afer reception) by Alexander.

    Is he really that good? On the big 12 recap, he looked like the reincarnation of Jeremy Macklin! If we can control him, we should have a good day.

    Here is an AP excerpt:

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    MANHATTAN, Kan. Missouri's 38-12 victory over Kansas State on Saturday can be explained in two words Danario Alexander.
    Shaking off some would-be tacklers and outrunning others, the powerful 6-5 senior wide receiver had 200 yards and three touchdowns on 10 catches, his second consecutive monster game.
    "That guy would be one of the top receivers in the country if he had not gotten hurt," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. Alexander, whose career has been marred by four surgeries, had 214 yards receiving last week against Baylor.
    Yes he is that good



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    When healthy, DA might be that good. I think he has been up and down with a bad knee, but Mizzou fans talk like he could be a 1st or 2nd round draft pick...agreed he looked like Maclin last Saturday. Their QB is healthy and they look pretty good on offense. I think we will be fired up for this one (we always play Mizzou tough) and hopefully can find a way to win. (We seem to be good at that as well)!


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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    He's not the same type of receiver as Maclin. Alexander is a big guy, Maclin is more of a little speed guy. he's probably 6" taller and 30 pounds heavier than Maclin.

    Alexander is more of a TO type, while Maclin is more of a smallish speed guy.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    One thing I thought about KSU is that they didn't tackle very well. Our problem isn't the tackling part as much as it is being there to make the tackle in the first place. We will have to keep that guy going inside to catch and let Jessie do his thing when he does.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    I've only seen a few minutes of highlights about him.

    What sorts of routes does he run? Is he a threat on little slants? Or is he more of a deep route threat?

    Does Missouri still use 5 receivers on the line? Last year, it killed me how they could run such simple routes (slight slant in), break a tackle, and go for a touchdown.

    Also, do they still have the big guy (probably a tight end) that scored a touchdown on a play last year where L. Johnson hit him hard, but bounced off him at the 10 yard line and let him score in the SE corner of the field?


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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    I've only seen a few minutes of highlights about him.

    What sorts of routes does he run? Is he a threat on little slants? Or is he more of a deep route threat?

    Does Missouri still use 5 receivers on the line? Last year, it killed me how they could run such simple routes (slight slant in), break a tackle, and go for a touchdown.

    Also, do they still have the big guy (probably a tight end) that scored a touchdown on a play last year where L. Johnson hit him hard, but bounced off him at the 10 yard line and let him score in the SE corner of the field?
    Alexander does 80% of his work over the middle. His big receptions have mostly been 15-20 yard catches over the middle and then he breaks a couple tackles and then runs away from everyone. The KSU 80yd TD catch, there were 3 KSU DBs who had the angle on him and he still got past them. He looks slow as molasses but somehow never gets caught.

    On the flip side, you cant just worry about the middle of the field, he has a 46" vertical to go with his 6'5" frame so he is very effective on the sidelines and back of the endzone. That also makes him a bigger deep threat because Gabbert can just throw it up for grabs and he can go up to get it.

    You will have no problems containing him, though. This MU team isn't good enough.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    I love watching Jesse Smith. He just seems to have a 6th sense about where the ball or ballcarrier is. I hope he can sneak in place for a nice pick or two.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    I wasn't totally impressed by his routes. KSU let him run free, and then he was able to juke, stiff arm, and break away from poor tackling.

    Put LJ on him wherever he is, and make sure we gang tackle / pursuit.

    We have every right to win this game, so lets just go do it!

    Not sure sure exactly how fast he is, but he never really flat out blew anyone away, but rather was just fast enough to stay away, and or difficult to tackle, IMO of course



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    With Perry out.. we can put LJ on Alexander and hopefully that will help. But yes. His is a game changer.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    "Put LJ on him wherever he is"

    This. With some help from Sims over the top.

    If he somehow ends up in single coverage with Banks we will be in for a long, LONG day...



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    The teams who had the most success slowing Alexander down didn't play man and stuck to the zone. Texas put two guys on him and that didn't really work too well. Sit back in zone and hope to make the play off of Gabbert's mistakes because focusing on Alexander will just create more problems.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    To the contrary, if we don't hit him off the line and stay in his pockets, he'll pick us apart. His big gains came from loose zone coverage, juking defenders, and then get decents yards after catch, by being just fast enough, and stiff arming smaller dbacks. LJ on tight, and let Sims and others help finish up. A couple hard trips across the middle (hit him Jesse) and he'll get alligator arms.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    Alexander was ahead of Maclin on the depth chart, then he tore an ACL, then broke his wrist, then he blew out his knee again.



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    Re: Missouri Receiver (Alexander)

    Quote Originally Posted by 247cy View Post
    Alexander was ahead of Maclin on the depth chart, then he tore an ACL, then broke his wrist, then he blew out his knee again.
    Really? Now, I'm really getting scared of him.



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