COPY-Hard work paying off for Gettis

Associated Press - September 9, 2010 10:04 AM ET

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senior cornerback Carl Gettis knows he has something to prove entering his senior season, since he was part of a secondary that in 2009 finished last in the Big 12 and 104th nationally in pass defense.

So far, so good.

After an offseason spent working on technique and conditioning, and even a visit with a sports psychologist, Gettis had a strong showing in a season-opening 23-13 win over Illinois.

Gettis had eight tackles and made a spectacular one-handed interception in the fourth quarter that helped seal Missouri's win.

Coach Gary Pinkel concurs that Gettis is on a mission to put last season behind him.

The Tigers are preparing for their home opener Saturday against McNeese State.

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