Rickey Hatley

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.