Senior running back/wide receiver/return specialist Marcus Murphy remains third on Missouri’s all-time list for all-purpose yards, but he’s creeping closer to second-place Brad Smith.
Murphy had 121 all-purpose yards Saturday against Vanderbilt and trails Smith by 63 yards.
He also passed Jeremy Maclin, who is the all-time all-purpose yards leader (5,609), for the MU record for career kickoff/punt return yards (2,631).
Murphy, who now has 1,500 career rushing yards, finished with a career-high 16 carries for 93 yards
▪ Missouri redshirt freshman strong safety Anthony Sherrils was ejected with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter when he was flagged for targeting and kick-catch interference on a punt.
Sherrils, a Hogan Prep graduate, appeared to time the play perfectly, delivering a crushing blow with his right shoulder a half-second after Vanderbilt freshman Trey Ellis caught Christian Brinser’s punt.
Officials saw it different, flagging Sherrils for arriving early and ejecting him for a helmet-to-helmet hit, which was upheld after review.
Sherrils missed the remaining three quarters, but he’s eligible to return for the Kentucky game.
▪ Missouri senior wide receiver Darius White sat out for the third time in the last four games.
He injured his left groin in practice last week and officially is day-to-day.
“Wednesday, he strained his other groin,” Pinkel said. “Unbelievable. I feel so bad for him. He’s never been hurt in his life.”
White, who is second on the Tigers with 239 receiving yards and third with 17 catches and three touchdowns, missed the South Carolina and Georgia games with a right groin injury.
Pinkel said he might return as soon as next week.
Missouri career all-purpose yards leaders
1. Jeremy Maclin (2007-08)
2. Brad Smith (2002-05)
3. Marcus Murphy (2010-14)
4. Devin West (1995-98)
5. Brock Olivo (1994-97)