Interior: Evan Boehm
Boehm, the rare four-star offensive guard seemed like the secondary piece of a 2012 class that included guys like DGB and Maty Mauk. Obviously, interior offensive line isn’t the sexiest position on the field, but Boehm still flew under the radar as much as a four-star, high school all-american prospect could. When he got to campus, though, things changed quickly. Not only did Boehm win a starting spot at left guard, he started all 12 games that year and was a First Team All-Freshman selection. Durability and consistency is key, and that is exactly what Boehm was known for. He started all four years of his college career while playing both guard and center, and was also a key part of two of the best Mizzou teams in history. He would go on to be drafted in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, and currently plays for the Buffalo Bills.
Tackle: John Clay
It’s unfortunate that John Clay played in an era of Mizzou football (1983-1986) where there wasn’t a lot of team success. He certainly made up for it with his amount of individual success, though. Coming out of Northwest High School outside of St. Louis, he was an All-American. That’s awesome and all, but his career at Mizzou was even better. He was a three time All-Big Eight selection, one of four men in Mizzou history to do that. He’s part of a whole era of Mizzou players who have been somewhat forgotten because of just how bad the teams were. After his graduation, he’d go on to be drafted 15th overall by the then Oakland Raiders and play in the NFL for a few years before retiring and becoming a coach in the St. Louis area.
Honorable Mention: Rob Dryden
I wanna preface this section by letting you know that, yeah, Rob Dryden is my dad. I love him, but I’m gonna try and be objective here.
An absolute mammoth of a man, he was part of the 1985 recruiting class that included Tony Van Zant. He himself though, was a hell of an offensive lineman. He had the accolades. He had the offer list. He would’ve been one of those four or five star recruits I keep bringing up.
He’s told me the stories of Barry Switzer sitting in his living room selling him on becoming a Sooner. Or, when he told me that he took his visit to Louisville because he was bored and wanted to get out of the house.
He said he was always going to Mizzou to play for Coach Widenhofer.
My dad left Mizzou before he was slated to truly make an impact on the football field. (He was a decent shot put and discus thrower at Mizzou also) He left for reasons that, if you ask me, I don’t quite understand. I’ve heard people refer to him leaving as part of the “Mizzou Curse,” and I honestly can’t fault them. That is really is so Mizzou.
At the same time, choosing Mizzou in what was the worst era of football for the school, over the Oklahomas and Texas of the world is nothing to turn your nose up at.