Missouri senior linebacker Kentrell Brothers cracked the top five for tackles in a single season and moved up the career tackles list Friday with 12 tackles, including 2 1/2 for a loss, against Arkansas.
“Kentrell, I just love him,” Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said. “He’s a guy that came in from Oklahoma. … He’s been a pain in the rear end for a while. We had to help develop him and do some things with him to make him a little more accountable and responsible, like we do with a lot of our players, but, oh my gosh, look what he’s done.”
Brothers racked up 122 tackles, which is tied for 16th in MU history, last season. He topped that with 152 tackles as a senior this season.
That ranks fourth on the Tigers’ all-time list behind Travis McDonald (164 in 1994), Sean Weatherspoon (155 in 2008) and Jay Wilson (154 in 1982).
“It’s really neat to see him take his game to a higher and higher place,” Pinkel said.
Brothers — who had double-digit tackles in 11 of 12 games this season, including the last seven games — also moved into a tie for eighth place in career tackles with Sean Doyle. He and Doyle, who played at MU from 1999-2002, each had 358 career tackles.
Defensive coordinator Barry Odom ranks seventh with 362.
Brothers is the first player in the Pinkel era with 10-plus tackles in seven straight games.
Lock dealing with bum shoulder
Pinkel revealed Friday that freshman quarterback Drew Lock has been dealing with a strained throwing shoulder since late in a 20-16 win Nov. 14 against BYU.
Lock was only 9 of 27 for 83 yards with no touchdowns and an interception Friday in a 28-3 loss at Arkansas. He finished the regular season 129 of 263 — 49.0 percent — for 1,332 yards with four touchdowns and eight picks.
“I don’t necessarily think it affected me,” said Lock, who said the biggest adjustment was getting it loose before games and that he didn’t expect to require surgery. “I worked through it as far as practice goes. I’d get treatment on it every single day, multiple times a day. It’s just a football injury.”
Boehm extends record
Senior center Evan Boehm started his 52nd consecutive game, extending the program record he broke last weekend.
Boehm, a Lee’s Summit West graduate, started every game of his college career.
He started 12 games at left guard as a true freshman in 2012 then switched to center as a sophomore, where he started the last 40 games.
The Tigers were 33-19 with Boehm in the lineup.
Baggett finishes second on points list
Senior kicker Andrew Baggett entered the season 70 points shy of Jeff Wolfert’s career scoring record.
With a field goal Friday at Arkansas, he finished the regular season with 63 points and will remain second on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list with 355 points, compared to Wolfert’s 362.