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Mizzou loses LB Mike Scherer and DL Terry Beckner Jr. to torn ACL injuries

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Missouri’s defensive depth just got hit with a serious injury big. Missouri head coach Barry Odom announced today linebacker Mike Scherer and defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. have been lost for the rest of the season due to ACL injuries.

“It rips my heart out that he’s done everything he’s done and it ends for him with that injury,” Odom said when reflecting on the injury to Scherer. The senior also suffered a torn MCL in addition to the ACL injury. Scherer’s season comes to an end after leading the Tiger sin tackles this season.

This is the second season in a row Beckner has injured his ACL. Beckner tore his ACL and MCL last November, but the latest injury was to the opposite knee.

While Scherer will be forced to call it a career, Odom said Beckner will most likely be able to make a return to the team in 2017. It is just a matter of when he will be able to rejoin the team, as his rehab would likely linger into the winter and spring months. As noted by Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Beckner did not miss any preseason camp activities this year.

There was some positive injury news for report from Missouri. Defensive back John Gibson and safety Thomas Wilson each returned to practice on Tuesday after having a strained knee and taking a hit that required a concussion test, respectively. Wilson was not diagnosed with a concussion, allowing him to return to practice.

Alabama, Clemson each land two on FWAA Freshman All-America Team

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Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley and defensive back Marlon Humphrey and Clemson offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins will be playing a rather important game in just a number of hours, but they each received one more honor for the 2015 season. Each was named to the Freshman All-America Team on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers were among some of the more household names appearing on the Freshman All-America team from the FWAA on Monday. The FWAA also included first-year Houston head coach Tom Herman as its First Year Coach of the Year. Herman beat out finalists Jim Harbaugh of Michigan and Pat Narduzzi of Pittsburgh. The Freshman All-American team featured 10 redshirt freshmen this season and included 12 players for both offense and defense, with five more specifically for special teams.

2015 FWAA Freshman All-America Team

OFFENSE

  • QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
  • RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
  • RB Myles Gaskin, Washington
  • RB Mike Warren, Iowa State
  • WR Penny Hart, Georgia State
  • WR Richie James, Middle Tennessee
  • WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
  • OL William Clapp, LSU
  • OL Will Noble, Houston
  • OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
  • OL Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
  • OL Connor Williams, Texas

DEFENSE

  • DE Walter Brady, Missouri
  • DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
  • DT Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri
  • DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  • LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
  • LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
  • LB Malik Jefferson, Texas
  • DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  • DB Kareem Orr, Arizona State
  • DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  • DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
  • DB Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh

SPECIAL TEAMS

HEAD COACH

  • Tom Herman, Houston

Pinkel says freshman DT Terry Beckner Jr. could use a call from Jeremy Maclin

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After suffering a right knee injury against BYU this past weekend, freshman defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. will miss Missouri’s next game against Tennessee. Beckner had an MRI on Monday, and head coach Gary Pinkel says he will miss the next game, and perhaps more. Pinkel even suggested a phone call from former Tigers wide receiver Jeremy Maclin could come in handy.

“Depending on where this goes, J-Mac would be a really good phone call for him,” Pinkel said Monday, according to The Kansas City Star. Maclin tore an ACL in his right knee at Missouri during his freshman year. Maclin rebounded nicely, of course, and went on to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Pinkel’s suggestion a phone call from Maclin might be comforting is a sign the injury to Beckner is a severe one, although the exact extent of the injury has not yet been reported or announced. Whatevere the more long-term future holds for Beckner, his absence will clearly be a tough one to overcome for the Tigers with two games to play. Beckner, a four-star recruit in Missouri’s Class of 2015, was a starter at nose guard for the Tigers. His spot in the starting line-up will be filled by Rickey Hatley, who was serving as a backup defensive tackle. Hatley has appeared in nine games this season and has recorded 18 tackles.

Missouri must win one of its final two game sin order to become bowl eligible. After hosting Tennessee this week, the Tigers wrap up the regular season on the road at Arkansas.

Mizzou’s prized DT recruit cleared by NCAA

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All systems are a go for Missouri defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. Beckner Jr., one of the top recruits in Missouri’s Class of 2015, has been cleared by the NCAA to be eligible to play this fall.

Beckner Jr. committed to Missouri on signing day, but coaches admitted he still had some work to do in order to become eligible to be a part of the program by the fall. That typically means there are some academic concerns in need of addressing, but Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com reported Tuesday (via Twitter) Beckner has been cleared to play this fall. That is typically a positive sign with regard to academic concerns for any player or recruit.

As noted by The Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri is set to begin summer sessions on Monday, and Beckner is registered in the campus directory.

Beckner was a four-star recruit out of East St. Louis, Illinois. His 6.0 Rivals rating is the highest of any of Mizzou’s Class of 2015 members and is the highest since Dorial Green-Beckham was rated a 6.1 by Rivals in the Class of 2012.

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Big Ten National Signing Day Primer

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The Big Ten is coming off the most successful postseason in a few years, and now the sights are set on finishing strong on the recruiting trails. Ohio State is easily on track for yet another top class in the Big Ten, while Penn State appears on pace for a solid second in the Big Ten. A recruiting calendar with coaching changes at programs like Michigan and Nebraska have led to some interesting storylines coming down the home stretch to National Signing Day on Wednesday. Nebraska has hung tight, but Michigan is in full scramble mode and beginning to focus on hitting 2016 in a big way.

Current Rivals Big Ten Team Rankings (as of February 1, 2015)

1. Ohio State

2. Penn State

3. Michigan State

4. Wisconsin

5. Nebraska

6. Minnesota

7. (tie) Rutgers

7. (tie) Indiana

9. Northwestern

10. Illinois

11. Iowa

12. Maryland

13. Purdue

14. Michigan

The Top Recruit

LB Jerome Baker (Cleveland, OH): Ohio State

Ohio State is already set to be stocked with quality depth in 2015 but the addition of Cleveland linebacker Jerome Baker only helps pad the depth in the middle of the defense. Baker is ranked the 50th best player in the nation and the top player in the state of Ohio, according to Rivals.

Recruiting Battle To Watch

Ohio State could be in line to add another one of the top recruits from within the Big Ten footprint. East St. Louis defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. reportedly has Ohio State in his final list of top schools, which also includes Auburn, Florida State and Missouri. Beckner Jr. visited Ohio State just two weeks ago, but he made his final official visit to Missouri last week.

Penn State surging, Michigan lagging

Penn State head coach James Franklin has done well on the recruiting trail and is on pace for a solid recruiting class with a full slot of scholarships to offer. In Ann Arbor it is quite a different story. Jim Harbaugh may have reinvigorated the fanbase but a late start to recruiting for Harbaugh and his staff has not left much time to turn around a lagging Class of 2015 started by Brady Hoke. Harbaugh and his staff should be given a free pass for 2015 and the focus should be set on what this staff does in 2016.