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.
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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.