Mizzou's Hammer Is Happy In The Middle

Senior-to-be Missouri Tigers linebacker Andrew Wilson was the team's leading tackler last season and is excited about being able to move inside to use his skills to roam sideline to sildeline and hammer opponents.

In each of the past two seasons, LB Andrew Wilson has been Missouri’s leading tackler, and he enters his senior season with 219 career tackles, by far the most on the team. Wilson has mostly played the strong-side linebacker position, and for the past two seasons, he’s usually been the one who came off the field when Missouri went to a nickel or dime personnel package on passing downs. He’s 104 tackles shy of tying his father, Jay Wilson, who accumulated 323 total tackles from 1980-1983, and who is currently tied for 12th on Missouri’s career list.

In each of the past three seasons, Wilson has won the Team Hammer Award, as Missouri’s biggest hitter. This Spring, Wilson is lining up in the middle, which is the position that he loves to play. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with the senior LB, and he talked about moving into the middle, and about his outlook for spring and the season ahead.

“I’m a lot more comfortable in the middle,” said Wilson, obviously enthused about playing middle linebacker. “Yeah, that’s where I want to be! I love playing in the middle! I’m excited!”

Wilson enthusiastically attacks ball-carriers.

“I’ve played in the middle here off and on,” Wilson continued. “In the middle, I’m in the action on everything. I’m running sideline to sideline. If you’re on the outside, you’re kind of stuck on one side or the other. In the middle, I can really be in the action a lot more!”

At 6'3" and 235 pounds, Wilson appears to be in tremendous shape. He ran a laser-timed 4.62 at Missouri’s Pro Day the week before Spring Football began.

“I dropped my body fat pretty low,” explained an obviously slimmed down Wilson, who aspires to play football beyond college.

Along with senior corner, E.J. Gaines, Wilson is one of Missouri’s most-experienced defenders. He acknowledged that he’ll be providing more leadership on the field. His enthusiasm and love for the game is infectious. I asked Wilson about his goals for the spring.

“I just want to get a couple of big hits,” smiled Wilson, citing his most immediate craving. “And, I don’t want to miss any tackles. As for the season, we'll take it one game at a time. We’re going to work our tails off.”

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