Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/10/14
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) After cutting a 51-yard path through Murray State's defense, Russell Hansbrough wanted to play it cool. He exchanged a few hugs with teammates in the end zone, then jogged back to the sideline to receive some more. He had scored only his second career touchdown, but there was no need for theatrics -- his first score had come just three minutes earlier. That's not to say he didn't want to celebrate. "I was just really happy," the Missouri running back said. "It was a monkey off my back." Hansbrough rushed eight times for 104 yards and was essentially done by halftime, a sign of his new role with the Tigers (1-0). Talking to him, one can sense his optimism for the season ahead, borne from an eagerness to move on from a haphazard freshman year in which his confidence admittedly wavered. Having added some brawn this past offseason, Hansbrough is listed at 5 feet 9, 190 pounds, nearly identical to teammates Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy. Their similar stature and ...
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