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Despite the offense's win Thursday, the defense had plenty of noteworthy play as well, as they accumulated nine quarterback sacks and 17 tackles for loss overall. Sophomore DE Charles Harris led the way with 2.0 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss to go with his four tackles and a quarterback hurry. Junior DL Justin Grava chimed in with a two-sack, two-TFL day, and senior LB Kentrell Brothers had a pair of stops behind the line as part of his 5-tackle performance.
13. Missouri: Much youth and inexperience here, though last season, the Tigers did pretty well in replacing three departed receivers. Whether they can do it again depends on whether guys like Nate Brown, J’Mon Moore, DeSean Blair, Wesley Leftwich or a host of redshirt and true freshmen can step up quickly. One helpful fact is that tight end Sean Culkin (20 catches, 174 yards) is back.
Reese and Culkin call themselves 1080p (starting today) because "Everything we do is in HD."— Mark Kim (@MarkJKim_) August 20, 2015
7. Missouri: Remember what we said about experienced centers being invaluable? That applies to Missouri’s Evan Boehm, who might be the most experienced lineman in the conference with 39 starts. But the Tigers have two other starters back: Connor McGovern and Taylor Chappell. Nate Crawford holds promise at right tackle, but there could be growing pains for the former defensive lineman.
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Crawford's progression is not only a welcome development for the Tigers, but somewhat of a surprise even to him. Crawford came to Missouri as a defensive lineman, having never played on the offensive side of the ball in his life. He made the move to offense prior to fall camp a year ago.
"Never in a million years would I have thought I would be where I'm at today," he said. "When I moved over, I thought, 'Well, crap, I'm gonna give it all I got, but I don't know how this is gonna work.' But I worked hard at it and nothing was given to me. I've been working and working even with my struggles not only with myself, but our side of the field. It was a struggle, but I'm proud of it." [...]
"I definitely feel like he's improved this camp," senior lineman Brad McNulty said. "You look at his technique and his hands are spot on, his kicks are looking great and I'm really proud of the way he's competed and the way he's improved."
6. Missouri: The Tigers’ struggling offense found a spark from their running game during last season’s six-game winning streak that produced a second straight SEC East title. One key piece from that attack, Marcus Murphy, is gone, but Russell Hansbrough remains along with Ish Witter. Hansbrough must perform more consistently in SEC games, though, after averaging just 65.9 ypg against conference opponents in 2014 – an average inflated by a 199-yard game against a terrible Texas A&M run defense.
DE Shane Ray, Missouri
Potential replacements: Charles Harris, Terry Beckner Jr.
Harold Brantley’s name is supposed to be listed here. He was supposed to be the next in line at "D-Line Zou," replacing the production of Ray, who was a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft. But Brantley got into a car accident. Thankfully his injuries weren’t career-threatening, but he won’t see the field this season. So instead of Brantley, it will be someone else’s turn to step up. And the man most likely to do that is Harris, a projected starter even before Brantley’s injury. The sophomore and former basketball standout played in all 14 games last season, starting one game and finishing with four tackles for loss and two sacks. If Harris is to get any help rushing the passer, it could come in the form of Beckner Jr. Already being referred to as a "manchild" by one teammate, ESPN’s No. 1-rated defense tackle in 2015 is expected to contribute immediately.
Mitch Morse has six months of snaps to his credit, and this morning, he has to be happy for each and every one of them. The rain has just picked up at Missouri Western State, the longtime training camp home of the Kansas City Chiefs, and along with a 300-pound nose tackle inches from his face, Morse now has to deal with a slick football between his taped-up fingers. As Alex Smith barks the cadence, Morse fires the ball up into his quarterback’s hands. He pauses briefly before ambling downfield to set up a screen pass for Jamaal Charles. The snap is fine. The pass is complete. A hypothetical disaster is averted.
Markus Golden and Sean Weatherspoon
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The two met when Golden was a freshman in high school on a visit to Missouri where Weatherspoon was a standout, amassing 413 tackles (third-most in school history) in his collegiate career while also emerging as a team captain and Butkus Award finalist his senior year.
"He’s a guy I always looked up to a lot," Golden said. "I always wanted to go to Missouri because of him."
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