Missouri Football Linebackers Corps led by Chad Bailey, Ty’Ron Hopper

Missouri linebacker Chad Bailey, 33, catches a Kentucky fumble near the end zone during a game in the 2021 season.

If Missouri is to improve in an SEC East division that has the potential to be even stronger in the years to come, the defense needs to get better. With a new manager in charge and a duo of defensive ends who could be NFL prospects, the Tigers have some of the elements needed to improve.

The Tigers struggled to stop the run last season, in part due to a thin group inside the defensive line. Missouri added some talent there, but if it can’t improve as much as it needs to, linebackers will have to fill the gap.

With the season fast approaching, MU currently has 11 linebackers on the roster ready to play in the Tigers’ 4-2-5 defensive scheme. Here are some facts about each of the options.

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