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.
This is a blatant and vicious targeting penalty by Mizzou’s Tyree Gillespie.
Vanderbilt’s Mo Hasan had to be helped off the field after this hit. He’s been replaced by Riley Neal. pic.twitter.com/U5BrmVdJ9k
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 19, 2019
“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.