November 13, 2012

Tuesday Tiger Notebook

In February of 2010, Missouri signed the nation's 21st-ranked recruiting class. It is the TIgers' highest ranking under Gary Pinkel. On Saturday, that class was pivotal in a 51-48 four-overtime victory over Tennessee.

Two-and-a-half years ago, Marcus Lucas (the nation's No. 25 wideout), Jimmie Hunt (No. 43) and Bud Sasser (No. 67) provided one of the nation's top classes at the receiver position.

"We talked about it ever since we were freshmen in the dorms until now," Hunt said. "All three of us, we sit around our house and joke about how it's going to be us out there making plays and contributing and just really setting the tone for the receivers. We were just living in the moment during that game. We'd come off, see each other make a great play and celebrate with our teammates and talk about it, just 'Keep it up, keep balling.'"

The talk lasts well beyond the sidelines, the locker room or even the team plane home.

"We're all roommates so we kind of talk about that stuff all the time," Lucas said. "We all three just get really excited for each other whenever we're doing well. It was great to put together a whole game with us three kind of making plays along with the rest of the offense and the defense."

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