COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- The Missouri Tigers looked forward to getting back offensive linemen Elvis Fisher and Jack Meiners from injury before last Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. The Tiger offensive line has been full of injuries and inconsistency most of the season and hoped the return of some injured players could help.
Despite early success against Vanderbilt, the offensive line was struck with the injury bug yet again. Although just returning from injury, senior offensive lineman Jack Meiners was taken out of the game due to an apparent knee injury. Meiners had surgery on his injured knee Monday and according to head coach Gary Pinkel, “will miss a few weeks.”
Sophomore offensive lineman Mitch Morse also suffered a knee injury and will miss Saturday’s game too. With Morse out, freshman center Brad McNulty will start. This will be McNulty’s first ever start and is coming against one of the best defensive lines in the country.
The biggest injury of all is arguably the one to starting quarterback James Franklin. Franklin started the Vanderbilt 5-9, but was taken out after a knee injury. Freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser entered the game and didn’t exactly impress Mizzou fans. Berkstresser went 9-30 for 189 yards passing and a touchdown. Despite throwing for a long touchdown pass, Berkstresser had a terrible completion percentage.
Head coach Gary Pinkel discussed how Berkstresser will start against Alabama and what he needs to improve on.
“He’s sometimes a little quick with his feet,” said Pinkel. “He did do some good things against Vanderbilt and Arizona State a few weeks ago. He has a lot to improve on and most of that is just technical things.”
Alabama is ranked #1 overall and is largely because of a defensive team that is full of potential NFL-prospects. Alabama is ranked #1 overall in total defense which doesn’t bode well for Mizzou’s 95th ranked total offense.
One thing’s for sure, the atmosphere in Columbia will be memorable. Mizzou fans respect Alabama and know their historic past. Officials expect a large crowd of visiting Alabama fans, which will surely add to the crazy hype. Mizzou plays Alabama at 2:30 on Saturday on CBS.