Freshman running back Ish Witter saw his most extensive action and turned his most productive performance Saturday, helping Missouri dispatch Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
Witter tied a career high with four carries and finished with a career-best 34 yards, including a career-long 16-yard carry for his first career touchdown during the Tigers’ 28-point third-quarter.
“Ish is coming along,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “He obviously did some very good things. He’s very similar to our type of backs — a little smaller, quick with change of direction and explosiveness. … He’s getting a little more confidence.”
Witter has 21 carries for 78 yards on the season and the Tigers are 8-0 in games that he plays this season. He did not play against Indiana or Georgia.
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“I was pleased with him and certainly with the things he did in the game,” Pinkel said. “I think he’ll be a real good player, consistent with the type of guys that we recruit.”
Witter is 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, but has a stockier frame than Henry Josey, last season’s leading rusher, or Marcus Murphy, who ranks second on the Tigers’ career all-purpose yards list.
“He is a stout kind of kid and he’s extremely quick, very fast with great cutting ability,” MU running backs coach Brian Jones said. “He’s 195 pounds, but a lot of folks don’t realize that. By his sophomore or junior year, he’ll be well over 200 pounds and we’re expecting great things from him.”