Missouri Football: Ray Wingo returns to practice for Tigers

COLUMBIA , MO - SEPTEMBER 5: Quarterback Drew Lock
COLUMBIA , MO - SEPTEMBER 5: Quarterback Drew Lock /

Missouri’s added another offensive weapon on Monday, which will give quarterback Drew Lock another option in the receiving game this season.

The Tigers look to build on their momentum on offense this year, after turning in a statistically pleasing 2016 campaign. Of course, stats don’t win games, but they are consolation of the fact Mizzou’s offense has some amazing potential.

Last year, the Tigers accumulated 3,545 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns. Missouri’s biggest performances came against its slate of non-conference opponents, late in the season, and in a handful of close conference losses

On Monday, head coach Barry Odom stated that wide receiver Ray Wingo is again academically eligible to rejoin the team, and was back at practice.

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The news is great for Mizzou, because it gives Lock another threat at receiver in a year where uncertainty remains on defense.

Wingo, a 5′ 11″ speedster, was ranked the No. 4 player in Missouri in 2014. He’s shown promise, but not enough to cement himself as a solid go-to player. Again, we’re talking potential.

In his two seasons as a Tiger, Wingo has 9 receptions for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns. If he can prove himself reliable with the opportunities he’s given, then he could find himself in the starting rotation.

Missouri’s games against Missouri State and South Carolina should prove interesting for both offense and defense, as the Tigers leap from a non-conference opponent to the high-caliber SEC style of football in as many weeks.

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That’s not to discredit Missouri State, whose head coach, Dave Steckel, served as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator as late as three years ago, and has NFL experience. It will be exciting to see Missouri’s receivers against the Bears’ defense.