Missouri’s standout defensive line just lost two key players. New coach Jackie Shipp will be working under big expectations with a noticebly thinner roster.
Former freshman All-American Walter Brady, one half of Missouri’s dynamic defensive pass rush from last year has been dismissed from the team for “violating undisclosed team policies”. Brady was forced to sit out of any team activities his true freshman year due to being academically ineligible to play but came on strong last year with seven sacks opposite Charles Harris. Brady missed one practice during spring football and suffered a knee injury during Missouri’s spring game but was otherwise cleared to play.
Additionally, Missouri lost the redshirt senior year of defensive tackle Harold Brantley, who was in the process of recovering from a devastating car accident last summer. Brantley was a standout player for the Tigers’ defense in 2014 and 2013. During the spring Barry Odom excused Brantley for the majority of the practices so he could focus on “academic projects”. Getting him back for the fall was always thought to be a long-shot but many reports had him making significant recovery, Odom even mentioning he was up to 270 pounds during the SEC Media days a few weeks ago.
Missouri will still have the services of starting defensive end Marcell Frazier, who will now likely be backed up by sophomore Nate Howard, while on the interior the Tigers will loook to get Terry Beckner Jr. completely healthy.
Missouri opens up fall camp tomorrow where we’ll be able to ask defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross about this and other news.