November 17, 2009

Tuesday Notes: Alexander assaults record book

As it turns out, senior day for Jared Perry came earlier than he'd have liked. In the second quarter of Saturday's game, Perry limped off the field after taking a helmet to his right knee. Monday, Perry found out he had a fractured tibia and would miss the final two games of his senior season.

"I just got to rehab to support my team," Perry said. "Give more leadership to my wideouts."

Perry was second on the team this season with 46 catches for 696 yards and six touchdowns, all career highs. Those numbers had moved him into the top ten in all three categories in Mizzou history. There is a chance Perry could return for a bowl game.

"It was a bad blow, but I'd rather take four to six weeks than four to six months," Perry said. "I'm gonna just rehab and be there for my teammates and come back strong."

For inspiration to get back, Perry needs not look far. Fellow senior wideout Danario Alexander has overcome his share of injuries over the past four seasons.

"It is hard when you get the initial, when they pretty much tell you you're going to be out for a couple of games," Alexander said. "I made sure I was the first one to talk to him to tell him to stay positive."

Jerrell Jackson will be the third starting wideout against Iowa State on Saturday. Jackson is coming off a career-day against Kansas State when he caught six passes for 78 yards.

"Got a few balls going my way and I just know I'm going to have to step up knowing that one of our senior leaders is down," Jackson said. "I'm telling him to keep his head up and we're gonna go out there and play hard for him."

Freshmen T.J. Moe and Rolandis Woodland will see more reps, along with sophomore Brandon Gerau.

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