Senior linebacker Will Ebner took a red-shirt in 2011, after an early injury forced him to the sidelines. Now, Ebner is back for a fifth year, and he appears to be at his best.
Ebner has 15 starts under his belt over the past 3 seasons, and he's totaled 149 tackles to this point in his Missouri career. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Ebner during the first half of the spring, and he talked about getting to play another year.
"I'm excited to be out here at practice," said Ebner. "It feels really good to be back in pads, and to be out here running around with my teammates. I'm just having fun. That's what it's all about."
Ebner recognizes that he's one of the leaders on the team, and he acknowledged the responsibility that accompanies that position.
"We've got a lot of great leaders on this team," explained Ebner. "But, being a senior, and being a guy who's been here and done that, I've got to be a leader on and off the field, and be vocal. And, I've got to do what I preach. So, I've got to show it with my actions, as well……………………………………… The success of the football team depends on how well the seniors play. The seniors have to play their best in order for the team to be successful."
Ebner weighs 230 pounds, and he ran a 4.7 at the most recent pro day. But, Ebner is slimmed down somewhat, and he actually looks faster to me on the football field.
Ebner is going to play in the middle, and he appears to be doing a good job with the pass coverage that accompanies that position. He talked about some of his goals for the spring.
"Just to get better every day," said Ebner, talking about his goals for the spring. "And, work on the fundamentals. That's what everything comes down to, the fundamentals."
Ebner talked about having to sit out last season, and getting another year to play.
"I'm excited to get another year to play football at Missouri," said Ebner. "I'm just having fun!"