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Missouri Football Loses a Star Not-Named Kelly Bryant

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The SEC quarterback injury bug took a trip to Columbia, Missouri Saturday afternoon. Kelly Bryant somehow escaped its wrath, but the Tigers did not leave the game unscathed.

After throwing his third touchdown of the day to give Mizzou a comfortable 42-7 lead, a Troy defender took down Bryant from behind. “Nasty” is the best way to describe the play.

Bryant returned to the sideline on crutches. The school announced Bryant only suffered a sprained knee. Their starting quarterback was spared, but their star linebacker was not.

Cale Garrett has been ruled out indefinitely after the linebacker had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. What’s remarkable is that he played almost the entire game with the injury and still had two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Missouri will certainly feel Garrett’s absence. This season he has 43 tackles, the second-most in the SEC, and five tackles for loss, tied for ninth in the conference. For those who haven’t been paying attention, Missouri’s defense has been excellent in 2019. They rank first in the SEC in total defense (227.2 ypg.) and scoring defense (13.6 ppg.).

The Tigers’ defense has two weeks to adjust to life without Barrett before making the trip to Kroger Field. Missouri hosts Ole Miss this Saturday before embarking on a trip to Vanderbilt that kicks off a three-game road trip.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 Comments for Missouri Football Loses a Star Not-Named Kelly Bryant

  1. Wade
    11:20 am October 7, 2019 Permalink

    Terrible news also more terrible news uk won’t capitalize on Missouri’s players being out. I hope we look different this week we need to beat Arkansas to get our confidence back. We need a solid game from everyone and hopefully Lynn gives us a spark at qb I’d like to see kash play a bit at qb since he played some qb in HS fun to see him get back there for a couple plays.

  2. MacAssassin123
    12:34 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

    Actually Stoops has Sawyer Smith Listed as QB1 on this week’s depth chart. However I think he should get the week off so we can make sure he is as close to 100% as humanly possible for the Georgia game next week. Let Walker Wood handle the passing duties while letting Lynn Bowden start and play most of game under center. The best way to attack Arkansas is to run it down thier throats. Arkansas is last in the SEC in defending the run. They are extremely young and inexperienced up front. Lynn would give them the best chance to win because of his explosiveness and pure athletic ability as a runner.