COLUMBIA - Fortunately for ESPNU - contracted to televised Missouri’s spring football game on April 19 - the Tigers spread offense will mean the MU defense will likely go with two linebackers.
Otherwise, Missouri might not have enough players at the position to fill a team.
Van Alexander, strong side linebacker who often does not play when Missouri is in the nickel defense, will have surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, likely on Monday.
MU officials said Alexander should be recovered in time for August drills.
But there’s no doubt that healthy linebackers are an endangered species at Mizzou this spring.
Starting linebacker Sean Weatherspoon plans to forgo surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder until after the spring game.
Last week Connell Davis quit the team and earlier Marquis Booker was kicked off the team after brandishing a gun in an off-field confrontation.
Brock Christopher is the only starting linebacker to avoid injury and Luke Lambert, a sophomore to be. Steve Redmond, another linebacker, began the spring on the sidelines recovering from an injury.
Reserve linebacker Andrew Gachkar is sitting out spring drills with a blood clot disorder.