COLUMBIA - Just a few days before the Illinois game, Missouri's new kick returner had to make a change. In order for every player on the kickoff team to have a unique number, Jasper Simmons had to change his jersey number and give up the No. 10 he had worn since high school.
Simmons, a junior college transfer in his first season at Missouri, took jersey No. 9, the number worn by kick returning predecessor Jeremy Maclin.
Maclin left a legacy at Missouri, scoring two kick return touchdowns among his 33 total touchdowns. He was often avoided by the opposing kicker on kickoffs.
Maclin, now a Philadelphia Eagle, watched from the sidelines as Simmons, wearing Maclin's old number, returned two kicks for 38 yards as the team beat Illinois 37-9 Saturday in St. Louis.
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