His time is coming
DE Marcell Frazier: It was a bit of a mystery why Frazier didn’t play more in the first half of the season, when he jockeyed with Jordan Harold and Spencer Williams. It was pretty clear Frazier had the most talent of the trio alternating in the spot opposite Harris. Frazier played more in the second half of the season and started putting up big numbers.
He closed the season with career highs of three sacks and four tackles for loss in Missouri’s win over Arkansas. For the season, Frazier had 33 tackles and 7½ sacks. With Harris bound for the NFL, the torch of top defensive end passes to Frazier.
Remaking #DLineZou is going to be the most important single topic of the Mizzou Football offseason (that, and "learning how to tackle again"), and we're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Marcell Frazier finished the season on fire, Nate Howard showed a couple of late flashes, Terry Beckner Jr. should be healthy, and while Mizzou probably isn't done with linemen from a recruiting perspective, we saw a couple of interesting pieces added to the equation this weekend.
Commit No. 2
2 weekend commitments
Commit No. 1
As things currently stand, here's your list of 2017 defensive linemen...
- DE: Marcell Frazier (Sr.), Nate Howard (Jr.), Spencer Williams (Jr.), Tre Williams (RSFr.), Jordan Harold (Sr.), Josh Moore (Jr.), Nate Anderson (Jr.), Chris Turner (Fr.)
- DT: A.J. Logan (Sr.), Terry Beckner Jr. (Jr.), Markell Utsey (So.), Josh Moore (Jr.), Tyrell Jacobs (So.), Rashad Brandon (Jr.)
There are some options there, at least. You can't count on JUCOs to contribute immediately, but odds are good that one will. (If I had to choose one, I'd choose Brandon.)
(And if someone can eventually find a natural position for Josh Moore, that'd be stupendous.)
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