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The rebuild of Missouri's defensive line is underway

Here are today's Mizzou Links.

The Trib: New era of Missouri football dawned with a thud

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): 2016 takeaways: After disastrous season of place kicking, special teams need more work

Post-Dispatch: Plenty to fix after Odom's debut season at Mizzou

The Trib: What went right, what went wrong and what's yet to come

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

PowerMizzou: Anderson lands offer, commits

PowerMizzou: Visit Reaction: Nathaniel Anderson

Post-Dispatch: Tigers pick up another junior college lineman

B&G Illustrated: Mizzou Commit Nathaniel Anderson Discusses Decision

KC Star: Missouri Tigers football picks up JUCO recruit Nate Anderson

Commit No. 1

PowerMizzou: Tigers add immediate help at DT

PowerMizzou: Visit Reaction: Rashad Brandon

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Juco DT Rashad Brandon commits to MU's 2017 class

The Trib: Juco defensive tackle offers pledge to Missouri's 2017 class

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou lands junior college defensive tackle

KC Star: Missouri picks up commitment from defensive tackle Rashad Brandon

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.)

Reactions from other visitors

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Post-Dispatch: Tigers pounce on Purdue, advance in NCAA tourney

The Missourian: Missouri vanquishes Purdue to advance to first Sweet 16 since 2010

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