On Saturday morning, the Missouri Tigers completed their first scrimmage leading to the kickoff of the 2017 football season.
The Tigers are 20 days away from kickoff of their first regular season football game. While questions of how Missouri will fare this season, it’s nice to just see some action on the field.
Building up to this point, we haven’t talked about position battles very much, of which there are plenty. The most intriguing to watch should be the development of the Tigers’ defense. We will be bringing you all of the positional previews this month
Last year, Missouri’s defense sputtered in some close games, but showed flashes of strength and consistent playmaking ability to close the season. Hopefully that success bleeds into this season.
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On Friday evening, the NCAA Eligibility Center cleared freshman defensive tackle Rashad Brandon to participate in team activities with the Tigers.
According to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, after enrolling in January, Brandon participated in some spring practice sessions with his teammates, but some issues with his eligibility caused him to miss the first 10 practices of the fall.
While the offense has all the pieces needed to function as a well-oiled machine, there are still questions of reliability among the team’s receivers, which left a lot to be desired in 2016.
Obviously, if some of those issues aren’t resolved, or at least significantly improved, by the start of this season, then Missouri
will be relying even more upon the strength of the offensive line, running backs and the improved accuracy of quarterback Drew Lock.