Tatum: “We might have the best ends in the country”

 

Linebacker Josh Tatum thinks Mizzou's defense is on the rise. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Tribune)

Linebacker Josh Tatum thinks Mizzou's defense is on the rise. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Tribune)

    Missouri football fans and media alike could agree that in recent football seasons, it has been the Tiger’s defense that has held the team back.  With so many new faces on a unit that was less-than-spectacular a year ago, many might think the Tiger’s defense will once again allow opponents to move the ball with ease.

   Just don’t tell Josh Tatum that.  He won’t agree.

   Tatum, a 4-star junior college linebacker recruit from California, not only thinks that the defense will be solid, he thinks they can be among the nation’s best.

   “Our whole D is solid,” Tatum said.  “And our [defensive] ends…We might have the best ends in the country.”

   Tatum had glowing remarks about practice performances of Jacquies Smith, Brian Coulter, and Aldon Smith.  He was also not the first person around the program this spring I have heard call Aldon Smith, “Unblockable.”   

  The Tigers D may be impressive in practice, but only time will tell if their improvements will carry over to the field this fall.  Even if fans and media don’t think it will, Tatum certainly does.

Other football notes:

  Earlier this week, the Mizzou defense won a team scrimmage and will get to wear gold jerseys for this Saturday’s black and gold game…The idea to wear the gold jerseys, which have previously only been worn in last year’s loss to Kansas, was the players suggestion…Tatum also said he will be sitting out Saturday nursing a back injury…When asked who has been impressive this spring besides the D-ends, Tatum’s only response was fellow linebacker Will Ebner…Tatum attributed Aldon Smith’s “unblockableness” to added weight and the fact that he has the biggest hands and longest arms on the team.

-MG

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