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Missouri tight end Kendall Blanton will miss spring practice with an ankle injury

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More reps for the underclassmen! Junior-to-be Kendall Blanton, a potential starter for Missouri at tight end in 2017, will miss spring practice with an ankle injury.

Blanton, a Blue Springs South graduate who will be a junior in the fall, underwent surgery last week to repair torn ligaments resulting from a sprained right ankle.

He was spotted wearing a protective boot on the foot and walking with crutches Tuesday at the Tigers men’s basketball game against No. 11 Kentucky at Mizzou Arena.

Blanton flashed some tantalizing talent as a sophomore last fall. He caught 16 balls for 161 yards and three touchdowns, which isn’t an amazing total, but a) half of those catches came in the last four games of the season, and b) his diving touchdown against MTSU was one hell of a highlight.

Blanton isn’t a known quantity, but his absence will mean a little bit more playing time on the first- or second-string for two exciting redshirt freshmen, Brendan Scales and Albert Okwuegbunam. Jason Reese is your presumable No. 1 option at the position (he might have been even before Blanton’s injury), but Scales and Okwuegbunam will get a little bit more of a chance to prove themselves.


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