Heading into the 2012 season, junior LB Andrew Wilson comes off of a 2011 season in which he led Missouri with 98 total tackles on the year. Wilson was named All-Big XII Second Team and was named the Defensive MVP of the 2011 Independence Bowl following Missouri's 41-24 win over North Carolina.
Wilson begins the 2012 season at the strong-side linebacker position after playing most of 2011 in the middle. He's a bone-jarring tackler, and stalks ball-carriers with a purpose. Wilson heads into the 2012 season with 140 total tackles for his career.
Prior to the Tigers season opener against Southeastern Louisiana, Wilson took time to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about the upcoming season.
"It's exciting! The defense is ready, man," said Wilson. "We're ready to hit somebody other than our own guys!"
After a long off-season, Wilson had a good fall camp.
"I think I improved a lot in fundamentals," said Wilson. "I worked real hard. It was a good camp."
He talked about Missouri's linebackers.
"We've got a lot of good guys," said Wilson. "I think we're really deep. A lot of the two guys can play. We don't drop off when those guys come in. So, it's a real confidence booster for me, Will, and Z, to know that they're right behind us ready to go."
"Donovan Bonner is doing awesome! And, Darvin (Ruise) and Kentrell (Brothers) are both playing really well right now," continued Wilson. "They really got a lot better throughout the off-season. So, it's awesome for us!"
The 6'3" Wilson reported a playing weight of 237 pounds heading into the season, to go along with a 4.6 second forty, and a 34" standing vertical jump. I asked him what it is that he does best on the football field? His answer stated the obvious.
"I like to hit people," replied Wilson. "So, I think I do a pretty good job of that."