Missouri football coach Barry Odom announced Tuesday that the knee injuries both Michael Scherer and Terry Beckner Jr. suffered in Saturday’s loss against Middle Tennessee were torn anterior cruciate ligaments.
Both Scherer, a redshirt senior linebacker, and Beckner, a sophomore defensive tackle, are expected to miss the remainder of the season.
“Terry’s going to be back and has a lot of football left to play here,” Odom told reporters. “Mike, on the other hand, it rips my heart out that he’s done everything he’s done and it ends for him with that injury. Both great ambassadors for our football program and the University of Missouri. I love them dearly. They’re like my sons.”
Scherer, a three-year starter at middle linebacker, is Missouri’s leading tackler this season with 53. The redshirt senior had 3.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one interception and a half sack. Scherer had 266 tackles in 47 career games at Missouri.
Beckner, a sophomore defensive tackle, had 24 tackles, including one for loss, three quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery this season. He was selected to the freshman All-SEC (coaches) a year ago and earned first-team freshman All-American honors from Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America.
Missouri (2-5 overall, 0-3 in Southeastern Conference play) hosts Kentucky (4-3, 3-2) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Tigers got some good news on the injury front on Tuesday as cornerback John Gibson (knee) and safety Thomas Wilson (undisclosed) both returned to practice. Both were injured early in Saturday’s loss.
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