The University of Missouri's impressive collection of defensive linemen was reduced by two on Wednesday.
Defensive end Walter Brady, who tied for the team lead in sacks and earned freshman All-American accolades last season, was dismissed from the team for violating team rules and defensive tackle Harold Brantley, who missed last season due to injury, failed to fulfill his academic requirements.
The news was first reported by PowerMizzou.com and then confirmed by multiple media outlets.
Brady, who was heading into his redshirt sophomore season, tied Charles Harris for the team lead with seven sacks last season. He racked up 40 tackles, including 12.5 for losses, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Brantley earned Associated Press honorable mention All-SEC honors in 2014, as a redshirt sophomore, after recording 50 tackles and five sacks in 14 games (10 starts). He missed all of the 2015 season after being injured in a preseason automobile accident.
The Tigers should still have a strong defensive line, anchored by Harris, a second-team All-SEC selection last season. Possible replacements for Brady at defensive end include redshirt junior Marcell Frazier, sophomore Nate Howard and redshirt sophomore Spencer Williams.
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