This morning, Missouri sports information director Chad Moller sent a note to the media regarding Terry Beckner's knee injury. Here is part of that release:
Per our Head Athletic Trainer Rex Sharp, MRI testing shows that Terry sustained a torn ACL and MCL ligament in the knee, in addition to some meniscus damage and a bone bruise. As you might surmise, that means he is out for the remainder of the season. He will have surgery in 2-3 weeks to get things fixed up, and Rex is very confident that he will be 100 percent no later than the start of fall camp next August, and is hopeful he’ll be full go even prior to that timeline.
Rex Sharp is one of the best in the business, so we are to inclined to believe that Beckner will indeed be ready to go by fall camp.
Beckner's season ends with 20.0 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, and a pass break-up. Strong and immovable from the start, his play-making abilities emerged as his true freshman season progressed, and since he didn't get hurt until the 10th game, he should still rack up plenty of postseason recognition. He was one of the best freshmen in college football this season.
He also had to battle through quite a bit. He was involved (and faultless) in a car accident earlier in the season, one which left him mostly unhurt but left three teammates with minor injuries.
Assuming full strength, Beckner could be part of the nation's best defensive line next fall. Defensive end Charles Harris is (as of now, at least) expected to forego NFL options and return for his junior season, and along with starters Josh Augusta and Walter Brady and part-time starter Rickey Hatley, Harold Brantley is expected to return as well. Brantley was lost for the season to injury following a serious car accident over the summer.