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Two Missouri defenders out for season with torn ACLs

5 SEP 2015: A Missouri Tigers football helmet sits on the turf during an NCAA football game against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks at Memorial Stadium on Faurot Field in Columbia Missouri.

The Missouri Tigers lost a pair of defensive players to season-ending injuries when both senior Michael Scherer and sophomore Terry Beckner Jr. suffered torn ACL’s that will keep them out the remainder of the 2016 season. The 2-5 Tigers will now go at it the rest of the season without their starting middle linebacker in Scherer and back-up defensive lineman Beckner Jr.

In seven games this season, Scherer had made 53 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss. He also got the registered the first interception of his collegiate career. His numbers paled in comparison to the past two seasons, when he racked up 114 tackles as a sophomore, playing in 14 games for the Tigers as a sophomore. Last season, he had nine tackles for a loss, finishing the season with 93 tackles over 12 games.

As a sophomore, Beckner Jr. has made 24 tackles (with two coming for a loss) in his first seven games. A former five-star recruit that was rated the No. 1 player in the state of Illinois, he played in nine games as a freshman last season, making 27 tackles (eight of which were for a loss) with three sacks. He currently sits behind senior Rickey Hatley on the team’s defensive depth chart.

The Tigers are currently 2-5 on the season, but also winless inside the SEC with an 0-4 mark to begin the season. Their only two wins have come against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State, having lost by 35 to LSU and 26 by Florida. Coming off a home loss to Middle Tennessee State last week, the team welcomes in Kentucky this coming Saturday without two players that have been a key part of their rotation.

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