Hansbrough ready for starting role

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Russell Hansbrough can't remember the previous time he rushed 20 times in a game, guessing it might have occurred in peewee football.

Hansbrough, a junior from Arlington, Texas, ran a career-high 126 yards in the Tigers' 38-18 season-opening win Saturday against South Dakota State. It was his first career start after backing up Henry Josey alongside Marcus Murphy in his first two seasons.

But with Josey now in the NFL and Murphy seeing increased playing time at receiver, the spotlight will grow brighter on Hansbrough -- something he's admitted in the past to not altogether being comfortable with.

Coach Gary Pinkel expects Hansbrough to continue receiving about 20 carries per game, saying he's a bit stockier than Murphy yet still retains his explosiveness.