COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri junior defensive end Charles Harris (Kansas City, Mo.) has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Award, given annually by the Football Writers' Association of America (FWAA) to the nation's defensive player of the year. It's the second watch list that Harris has been named to, as earlier this week he was also tabbed as a preseason candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year.
Now that Nate Strong is enrolled at Mizzou for the fall, the sole 2016 recruit who isn't expected to make it to Columbia -- St. Louis receiver Harry Ballard -- will be attending a Mississippi JUCO.
The 6-3, 205 pound receiver could elect to redshirt at Jones County this year or next and preserve the year of eligibility for his time at Mizzou. He won’t be obligated to re-sign with Missouri, but MU’s staff has a strong track record of resigning non-qualifiers after their junior college detour, including most recently East St. Louis tandem Nate Strong and Greg Taylor. Taylor was added to MU's roster last month. Strong is listed in the school's online student directory though was not on the roster as of Friday.
Meanwhile, Mizzou basketball hired a new strength and conditioning coach who is reportedly putting the team through the grinder.
Nick Michael never let his eyes stray far from Missouri sophomores Kevin Puryear, Adam Wolf, Cullen VanLeer and K.J. Walton as they pushed through their daily workout just before lunch Wednesday.