Missouri will be without a key player in Saturday’s spring game, but that player – defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. – hasn’t been forgotten by coach Barry Odom.
Odom recently joined “The Kevin Wheeler Show” on 101 ESPN in St. Louis to preview this weekend’s game. Odom during the interview paid a huge compliment to Beckner, who is returning from a 2016 knee injury.
“Terry Beckner is coming off a knee injury and he’s not going to participate in Saturday’s (spring) game,” Odom said. “He’s gotten quite a bit of work in this spring and he’s so far ahead of schedule on rehab of his knee. He’s done a great job. We anticipate and expect him to have a great year. He’s got the ability to take over the game at the defensive tackle position.”
Odom said fellow defensive tackle A.J. Logan is another player the Tigers are counting on to help lead the defense in 2017. He also said rising sophomore Markell Utsey has a chance to have a strong season.
Beckner, who sustained a knee injury in October against Middle Tennessee, finished last season with 24 tackles (two for a loss).
The Tigers are looking for a new defensive leader in 2017 as defensive end Charles Harris left for the NFL. Junior defensive end Marcell Frazier, who returning had 9.5 tackle for a loss and 8.5 sacks last season.
Missouri went 4-8 record in Odom’s first season as coach in 2016. The Tigers have home games against South Carolina, Purdue, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee in 2017.
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