Unfortunately, the speculation surrounding the severity of the injury sustained by Terry Beckner Jr. proved to be accurate.
Missouri announced in a press release Friday that the freshman defensive tackle sustained a significant and serious knee injury in last week’s game against BYU. Not only did the lineman tear the ACL in his right knee, but he also tore the MCL as well as meniscus damage and a bone bruise.
Suffice to say, the injury will sideline Beckner for the remainder of the season. The school stated that head athletic trainer Rex Sharp “is very confident [Beckner] will be 100 percent no later than the start of fall camp next August,” which means it’s likely the player will be unavailable for spring practice.
Beckner will undergo surgery to repair the damage in 2-3 weeks, the school added.
A four-star member of Mizzou’s 2015 recruiting class, Beckner was rated as the No. 5 tackle in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Illinois; and the No. 36 player overall according to Rivals.com. Mizzou came out on top in a final four that included Auburn, Florida State and Ohio State for the services of the highly sought-after lineman.
In his first year with the Tigers, Beckner is second on the team with three sacks and fourth in tackles for loss with eight.