Missouri football hopes to have a reloaded defense in 2017

While Missouri’s offense looks great headed into the 2017 season, the defense has a few question marks. The Tigers are hoping for unseen success.

The defensive secondary has seen its share of struggles over the last couple of seasons. Last year the Tigers saw defensive end Charles Harris emerge into a pass-rushing force, but who replaces him in 2017?

The Tigers tout quality at the position, but not much in the way of quantity, which could negatively affect Mizzou in coming seasons, if they’re unable to reload at the position.

We’re all very familiar with the history of the kansas-Missouri rivalry, but for anyone who isn’t as familiar, there’s at least one version of (many) why Mizzou fans hate kansas so much.

As if to add some sort of credence to kansas’ plight, another plays a little reverse blame, and blames Missouri for ending the rivalry. Nice try.

The Tigers’ football staff had a busy weekend of recruiting, as three players committed to Mizzou over the last few days.

On Friday, the Tigers received a verbal commit from Jalen Knox. A second commit from Tyrone Collins came on Saturday. Collins is the first recruit of the class of 2018 to commit to Missouri.

Back in February, tight end recruit Logan Christopherson committed to Missouri, and Rock M Nation provided a little more insight on the three-star recruit.

Basketball wasn’t without recruiting success over the weekend, either. Also on Saturday, former 2017 Illinois commit, Javon Pickett, announced his intention to flip his commit and will join the recruiting ranks of the 2018 Missouri basketball team.

Many fans will remember Missouri football’s recruiting class of 2012. THe Tigers landed the No. 1 receiver prospect in the country.

While Dorial Green-Beckham’s stint at Mizzou was short-lived, he was such an exciting factor on the field. Rightfully so, opinions are mixed on DGB.

As a sports fan, I enjoy seeing “kids” overcome their troubles and become successful at the next level. DGB became a litmus test for many aspects of Gary Pinkel’s recruiting process.

Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs made a puzzling decision to release former Mizzou receiver Jeremy Maclin on Saturday.

What was seemingly a grand reunification for the veteran receiver with former Eagles coach Andy Reid, has now turned into another casualty of salary cap and contract payouts. Where will Maclin land next?