Missouri freshman defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. was scheduled Monday to have an MRI on his sprained right knee suffered against BYU.
He is out for Saturday’s game against Tennessee and perhaps longer as Tigers coach Gary Pinkel struck an ominous tone when discussing the injury.
“Depending on where this goes, J-Mac would be a really good phone call for him,” Pinkel said, referring to Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Maclin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during seven-on-seven drills in 2006 before his freshman season at Missouri.
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He went on to be a two-time All-American and also rebounded from a torn ACL suffered during the summer of 2013 in practice with the NFL’s Eagles.
Beckner leads all Missouri interior defensive linemen with 27 tackles, including eight for a loss with three sacks. He also has two hurries, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
“He had a great year,” Pinkel said. “Show me a better defense of tackle in the country as a freshman. He isn’t even Mizzou Made yet. Wait until Pat Ivey gets a hold of him, for January all the way through to August of next year. Who knows what he’s going to be like? As long as he does the right things and works his tail off, he’s got upside as good as any player we’ve ever recruited.”
Beckner was listed as the starting defensive tackle last week against BYU. He was injured on the first defensive snap.
Junior Rickey Hatley takes over in the starting role and freshman Josh Moore, an Olathe North graduate, will soak up reps on the line’s interior in Beckner’s absence.
Missouri loses 2016 commitment
Mays linebacker Tobias Little from Atlanta de-committed from Missouri on Monday, posting a message about his decision on Twitter:
“I Would Like To Thank Coach G.Pinkel (head coach Gary Pinkel) And Coach Kool (defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski) For Recruiting Me. Enlightened Of The Situation Going On At The University Of Missouri And Conversations With My Family Along With Prayer. I Have Officially Decided To Open Back Up My Recruiting Process And De-Commit From The University Of Missouri.”
Little is a Rivals three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 22 inside linebacker in the country. He committed to Missouri in late July and also has offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia Tech among others.
He clarified in a message to Power Mizzou that he wasn’t sure if he’d be safe in Columbia, which has witnessed protests against racism during the last week that led to the resignations of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.
It probably didn’t help Friday when Pinkel announced he had follicular lymphoma and also would resign after the season, creating more uncertainty.