Freshman LB Andrew Wilson 6'3" 232 lbs. 4.7 forty, spent the past season working with the scout team, so when he got a chance to practice with Missouri's defense during the early bowl practices, he tried to make the most of it. Afterwards, he took time to visit with ShowMeMizzou.
Wilson talked about the early bowl practices. "Practice is going pretty good. I've enjoyed it. I liked it a lot! Getting back into running Mizzou's defense is nice. So, it was fun! I definitely like the physical part. That's my most favorite part of it........... This was great, just not enough of it."
Wilson's been working at the strong side LB, but talked about a possible move inside. "They're talking about moving me to Mike (MLB). That's where I played in high school. We'll see. I'm fine with it either way............. Since they're talking about moving me inside, I'll probably be number 3 (at MLB) going into spring ball."
He laughed when I asked him if he's looking forward to the 6:00 A.M. off-season workouts. He said, "They're great! I'm just going to try to improve in every aspect of it, weightlifting, speed, and conditioning."
Andrew's gained about 12 lbs. since his arrival at Missouri. Like all of Missouri's LBs, his goal is to eventually learn all three positions. He said that at the beginning of spring ball, that he'll be listed at number three LB, either at the strong side or in the middle.
When I asked him about school, he just said, "It went good. It's school." I pressed him a bit more about how he was doing, and he said, "My Mom thinks (my grades) were good." We had a good laugh about that one.
Andrew talked about how practice at Missouri is different from high school. "Out here, you have to go 100% all the time." He also talked about learning to rely more on technique, and is trying to develop good practice habits.
Wilson appears to play fast on the football field, faster than his 4.7 forty time might suggest. And, he'll light you up.