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Missouri has some of the most seasoned, productive linebackers in the SEC

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A flashback to 2011.

Why? Because J.T. Tiller has just signed a new contract with Polpharma Starogard, a Polish club. He moves east after two seasons in Holland. And from the same site, Laurence Bowers has just signed with Italian Orlandina Basket.

(Miss you, JT ... and Spencer ... and Jet...)

Mizzou Tigers pennant 3 days to fall camp!

Defensive line
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou Camp Glance: New look along D-line
PowerMizzou: Camp Preview: DT
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): FALL CAMP ROLL CALL: Defensive Line

The bad news is, while playing a fairly comparable amount of time to Golden and Ray -- moreso for Golden than Ray -- Harris' rate stats as a backup were about 63-67 percent worse than Golden's and 32-38 percent worse than Ray.

The good news is, if he stays 32-38 percent worse than Ray was when playing a full slate of snaps this season, he's looking at like 14-15 tackles for loss and 9-10 sacks.

I think Missouri would take that. [...]

Harris' most extensive action last year came against Indiana, South Carolina and Alabama, games in which he averaged 45.3 snaps and 57.1 percent of the team's available defensive plays. He had only five tackles and one sack combined in those three games.

So he worked better as a changeup option than when he was the guy. This year, he's got to be the guy.

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): FALL CAMP ROLL CALL: Linebackers
PowerMizzou: Camp Preview: LB
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou Camp Glance: Tested tandem leads linebackers

In senior Kentrell Brothers and junior Michael Scherer, Odom inherits the busiest pair of tacklers among returning players in the conference. Brothers, the Tigers’ starter on the weak side and a third-team preseason All-SEC pick, finished last season with 121 tackles, second-most in the conference and tops among all returning SEC defenders. Scherer, the starter in the middle, was just behind him with 114 stops, which ranked fourth in the SEC last year and second to Brothers among the league’s returning players.

"I ended up clipping (Scherer) at the end," Brothers said. "He had to go back and make sure the tackles were right. We realized we both had 100. That’s not something we really talk about, but that’s pretty impressive. I never thought I’d have 100 tackles in the SEC. That’s something you expect people like Patrick Willis to do. And neither of us look like Patrick Willis."

Secondary - Camp Preview: CB

The top back-up who really could be considered a third starter is John Gibson. Gibson has been a starter in the past and may be the Tigers' top man-coverage corner. Even the departure of David Johnson hasn't dampened the talent pool much. Big things are expected out of Logan Cheadle this season after playing a limited role as a true freshman, and while Finis Stribling hasn't played in a game yet, his athleticism is well-documented.

Mizzou Tigers pennant And at NFL camp...



Mizzou Tigers pennant This was a fun exchange.

Mizzou Tigers pennant I approve

@mac464 and I thought we should mizzou it up a little with these new rings on the bead-locks

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