Dave Matter has his eye on the Tiger's defense in this article yesterday, mentioning true freshman and early-enrollee linebacker Cale Garrett as having potential to crack the two-deep.
[Cale] Garrett was active in the middle of the second unit, and even though he was a late addition to MU’s recruiting class might have played well enough to earn a job on the two-deep this fall, flanked by Hall and Lee, who could be groomed to help replace Scherer and Newsom in 2017.
Garrett stood out to me while watching the spring game. He made instinctual plays against the run and looks like he could be the defacto backup behind senior Michael Scherer.
Sports Illustrated is playing Buy/Sell/Hold on disappointing teams from 2015 and says Mizzou is a "hold"
The issue for the Tigers is even if the defense remains fierce and the offense makes small improvements, their division is only getting tougher. The SEC East still pales in comparison to the West, but Georgia, Florida and Tennessee all look like contenders. Missouri also has to travel to LSU for an interdivisional crossover game and takes a trip to West Virginia in Week 1.
DeSean Blair is one of those talented receivers hoping to break through the crowded position group. If he can make catches like this routine, he'll earn his playing time in games.
On the subject of receivers, J-Mac was wearing an uncomfortable shade of blue yesterday while attending the Royals game.
Apparently the Royals beat the Tigers 4-0 while in Columbia, the Gamecocks rallied to take down Mizzou 8-5.
Also in Kansas City, the Chiefs are listing both Evan Boehm and Connor McGovern as potential draft targets.
Missouri’s Evan Boehm (6 feet 2, 302 pounds)
Boehm played at Lee’s Summit High School before committing to the University of Missouri, where he stepped on the field at left guard as a true freshman and was named a Freshman All-American.
In his four-year career, Boehm started 40 games at center and 12 at left guard.
Boehm was one of 18 local prospects who participated in the local Pro Day for the Chiefs back on April 8.
Here’s what Brugler had to say about Boehm:
"A four-year starter, Boehm was a fixture on the Missouri offense line over his career, leaving with the school-record for consecutive starts, although he never earned a spot on the All-Conference first or second team. His lack of athleticism and flexibility stands out, but so does his brawling strength and squatty frame to dominate in his square. A football lifer, Boehm will endear himself to coaches with his killer mentality, vocal leadership and violence to finish each rep."
Missouri’s Connor McGovern (6 feet 4, 306 pounds)
Much like former Mizzou product and current Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman, Mitch Morse, who was the team’s second-round pick last year, McGovern showed a lot of versatility during his collegiate career.
McGovern started 24 games at right guard, 12 at left tackle and 4 at right tackle in his career. He’s NFL Network Draft analyst Mike Mayock’s No. 4-ranked guard available in this draft.
Here’s what Brugler had to say about McGovern:
"A three-year starter for the Missouri spread scheme, McGovern bounced between positions due to his versatility and offers starting experience at right guard and both tackle spots, also practicing at center – graded well on the Tigers’ offensive line, but never earned All-SEC honors. The son of a body builder (Keith), he focused more on lifting than football in high school and relies more on power than technique on film to win the point of attack – flashes violence in his hands, but his counter maneuvers need refinement."
Which reminds me, that 2013 line was glorious.
If you're interested in some Mizzou basketball talk, Tramel Raggs was part of this interview with point guard Terrence Phillips about the relationship between athletes and the media with some discussion about the NBA playoffs on the back end.
Lastly, we know of at least one Mizzou recruiting target visiting this weekend, Tulsa defensive end Isaiah Thomas.