The Missouri Tigers signed a trio of safeties in 2010, including Daniel Easterly 6'4" 196, from Detroit, MI. Easterly arrived with a reputation as a devastating special teams player, in addition to possessing the height to fuel speculation that he would possibly grow into a LB.
During fall camp, it became readily apparent that Missouri's depth at safety meant that Easterly, and the other two safeties signed in 2010, would go ahead and red-shirt. So, Easterly spent the season working on the scout team, and hitting the weight room.
During December, Easterly and the other scout team players participated in A-B practices, during which they played on the Missouri side of the football. Afterwards, Easterly visited with ShowMeMizzou.com, and talked about the scout team experience, and getting reps in Missouri's defense.
"Scout team is an experience," explained Easterly. "We get to go against the (number) one offense, so we basically see what we're about, and see where our skills are. It just makes us better, overall. It's a great experience. When you go against the best, it makes you better."
I asked Easterly how he likes playing in the Missouri defense, and going live.
"Live action is a beautiful thing," replied Easterly. "We get to hit. Everybody likes to hit. Everybody on defense likes to hit. That's what defense is all about."
Easterly stayed after practice, and worked with Coach Ford, learning some new coverage techniques, and solidifying coverage techniques. He's gained over 15 pounds of muscle since arriving at Missouri last June, thanks to his work in the weight room. He has a target weight of 215 pounds, which he believes he can reach heading into next season. He indicated that the move to LB is still a possibility for the future, depending on how big he becomes. Then, he talked about his goals heading into 2011.
"Ever since I was in high school, I've always been a competitor," explained Easterly. "Just give me a chance to show my talents, and possibly get on the field, special teams, safety, whatever I can play."