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.