PLAYERS TO WATCH
--QB Tyler Murphy will try to bounce back from an up-and-down performance against LSU. Murphy was sacked four times and unable to make adjustments against LSU's consistent pass pressure. He finished the game completing 15 of 27 passes for 115 yards and no TDs. "I held on to the ball too long at times, which allowed them to get a few hits and sacks," Murphy said. "I thought I made a few nice throws, made a few good checks but you know you can't win with a few nice throws and a few good checks. You have to be consistent across the board."
--RB Kelvin Taylor will get his chance for more carries in the coming weeks due to the season-ending injury suffered by sophomore RB Matt Jones. A true freshman, Taylor showed promise against LSU, rushing for 52 yards on 10 carries. Florida coach Will Muschamp said that Taylor the son of former Gator and NFL running back Fred Taylor, has improved picking up the blitz and with ball security in practice. "When you're able to do those two things, you give us more confidence in situationally playing you in the game," Muschamp said. "I thought he did a good job of that. He deserved the opportunity.
--LB Antonio Morrison is starting to come back to his 2012 form. Morrison had a team-high 12 tackles against LSU. The sophomore is tied with LB Michael Taylor for the team lead in tackles (35) and is averaging 7 tackles per game.
--CB Vernon Hargeaves III continued to show off his outstanding cover skills. The true freshman held star LSU receiver Jarvis Landry to four catches for 58 yards and no TDS. Next up for Hargreaves, Missouri senior receiver L'Damian Washington, who has amassed 455 yards receiving and scored 7 TDs this season.
--QB Maty Mauk showed no fear at Georgia. With James Franklin sidelined for three to five weeks, the redshirt freshman from Kenton, Ohio, assumes the starting role. Mauk and Franklin are similar in that they can both run, but Mauk is much more of a scrambler than Franklin. The offense stays the same, but Mauk's biggest role is limiting mistakes in his first career start.
--WR L'Damian Washington, a redshirt senior from Shreveport, La., has been Missouri's most consistent receiver this season. He had the best game of his career against Georgia with seven receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and now leads the team in all receiving categories.
--CB Aarion Penton, a true freshman from St. Louis, gets the start after EJ Gaines suffered a strained quadriceps, and the staff has raved about him all season. Penton will get his biggest workload of the year, but he played well after Gaines went down against Georgia.
--RB Henry Josey leads the teams in carries, so that figures to carry over to Saturday. His job is more important, though, as Josey will have to increase his dwindling yards-per-carry average and provide tough running to ease the burden on Mauk.