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Missouri’s Ish Witter begins to make a mark

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.

“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.”

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