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Missouri will not have a top tackler in the first half vs. Kentucky

Christopher Hanewinckel | USA TODAY Sports

Two weeks ago Missouri lost its top tackler, Cale Garrett, for the season. Now they will be without one of their best defensive backs for the first half of the game against Kentucky.

Tyree Gillespie will be sidelined after committing a nasty targeting penalty in the second half against Vanderbilt. He was ejected after drilling Mo Hasan in the head as the Vanderbilt quarterback gave himself up to slide. Hasan was forced to exit the game with a concussion. Hasan could return from concussion protocol after this week’s bye.

“He was going to try a low tackle and in a bad lapse of judgment lowered his head at the last minute and made head to head contact. Obviously, (the penalty) was called. It should have been made,” Barry Odom said earlier this week.

“He felt bad. You go into the locker room afterwards and he’s sobbing uncontrollably because he knows he made a mistake. He didn’t mean to hit the guy in the fashion that took place. But (he) did. It was a bad mistake. And he’s obviously paying for it.”

Despite missing the second half of the Vanderbilt game, Gillespie ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 28. He has a tackle for loss, a sack and three pass break-ups. Starting in his place will be freshman Martez Manuel, who has made two tackles in seven games played.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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9 Comments for Missouri will not have a top tackler in the first half vs. Kentucky



  1. Rick_S
    10:42 am October 24, 2019 Permalink

    It wont matter..28-10 missouri



    • cats646
      10:51 am October 24, 2019 Permalink

      Lol is this Rick Pitino??



    • maximumscott
      10:58 am October 24, 2019 Permalink

      Haha. No way. Bowden runs wild and our Defense stiffens up even more going into the bye week.



    • kjd
      2:26 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

      If we get the predicted rain, slick turf will neutralize Bowden. Low scoring toss up.



  2. J-Dub421
    11:19 am October 24, 2019 Permalink

    I have zero sympathy, especially since we’ve had multiple players have to sit out for some very questionable targeting penalties. That was obvious targeting.



    • kjd
      2:25 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

      As bad as the hit was, his coach making excuses for it is just as bad.



  3. Heavy C
    11:19 am October 24, 2019 Permalink

    Which means his backup will have 10 tackles and 5 sacks. Just saying….that’s been our MO



  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:28 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

    1st tackle they make the refs will call targeting on either Echols and/or Square to even things out.



  5. notFromhere
    5:21 pm October 24, 2019 Permalink

    Doesn’t look unintentional. Plenty of time to pull up as he saw the slide. Instead he watched the QB to the ground and led with his head directly to the helmet. Even led with the crown rather than hitting with the facemask.

    Either he’s a pos for doing it, or the coach is for lying about it. You make the call