Position Primer: Missouri Linebackers

Taking a look at Missouri’s position groups heading into fall camp…

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Year: Redshirt senior

Stats: In 40 games, Scherer has 213 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He has 93 tackles, including nine for loss, and one fumble recovery in 12 games in 2015.

Analysis: Scherer will be starting at linebacker for the third straight season and brings a wealth knowledge and experience to the middle linebacker spot. The defense is in good hands with Scherer making the calls and getting everyone in the right position.

Year: Redshirt senior

Stats: In 26 games, he has 92 tackles, including 12.5 for loss, four forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. He had 63 tackles, including nine for loss, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 12 games in 2015.

Analysis: Newsom could be in position to break out in his final season after tackling machine Kentrell Brothers’ breakthrough season a year ago. Newsom is a physically gifted linebacker with good size (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) and speed and could be even more of a weapon in new defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross’s aggressive scheme.


Year: Redshirt junior

Stats: Has 10 tackles in 24 games. Had nine tackles in 11 games in 2015.

Analysis: Burkett will be one of the candidates to move into the starting lineup in place of Brothers. Burkett has more experience than the other candidates after seeing time the past two seasons but didn’t exactly lock down the spot in the spring. He’s probably the favorite, based on experience, but there will be some talented youngsters looking to take that spot.

Year: Redshirt sophomore

Stats: Had five tackles in 11 games in 2015. 

Analysis: Lee will be one of the primary candidates at outside linebacker. He got some experience in his debut season in 2015 and will be a player to watch throughout fall camp.

Year: Sophomore

Stats: Had seven tackles in 12 games in 2015.

Analysis: One of eight true freshmen to play last season, Hall did some nice work on special teams and in limited snaps and then was one of the more impressive players in the spring. He’s not the biggest linebacker at 6-2 and 215 pounds but brings speed and aggressiveness. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if he earned the open outside linebacker spot.


Year: Redshirt junior

Stats: Has 22 tackles in 25 career games. Had three tackles in 12 games in 2015.

Analysis: Beisel is a candidate to back up Scherer at the middle linebacker spot. He’s gotten some experience the past two seasons and should be a candidate for a more prominent role, though it’s not like Scherer figures to come off the field much.

Year: Redshirt freshman

Stats: NA

Analysis: Listed at 6-2 and 220 pounds, Agbasimere is in the mold of Lee and Hall as a smaller, faster linebacker. He should be in the mix to compete for playing time or get a chance to show what he can do on special teams. 


Year: True freshmen

Stats: NA

Analysis: Baldwin and Garrett both enrolled early and were on campus all spring and summer, which should give them a good head start on their freshmen seasons. It might not be enough to help them overtake older players for playing time but it should put them in position to contribute sooner rather than later. 


The Tigers are in good shape with two starting linebackers returning in Scherer and Newsom. Yes, losing Brothers and his 3,000 tackles is a big loss. But it opens up an opportunity for a new face at one of the outside linebacker spots — whether it is Burkett or Hall or Lee or someone else — or for Newsom to step forward and emerge as a more productive player.

This position group should be one of the more interesting to watch throughout fall practices because of the competition for one of the outside linebacker spots and also because of how Cross may choose to deploy the linebackers in the new-look defensive scheme.

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