Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Missouri RT Justin Britt out for the season
By Edward Aschoff
Missouri has yet another casualty along the offensive line.
Starting right tackle Justin Britt will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee against Florida during Mizzou's 14-7 loss to the Gators this past weekend. Britt is set to undergo surgery on Nov. 16 and there's a chance his injury could be more than just a torn ACL.
Seven Missouri offensive linemen have suffered some sort of injury since preseason camp that has forced them to miss time this season. Come Saturday, freshman left guard Evan Boehm will be the only offensive lineman to start every game for the Tigers this season. All five preseason starters have gone down with injuries for Mizzou.
With Britt out, starting sophomore center Mitch Morse will move to right tackle, while backup redshirt freshman center Brad McNulty will start at center.
The Tigers (4-5, 1-5 SEC) are still fighting for a bowl berth, but will have three projected starters from the beginning of the season -- Britt, Travis Ruth and Jack Meiners -- out for Saturday's crucial game with Tennessee. Meiners is still recovering from knee surgery, while Ruth has yet to play this season after undergoing surgery for a torn triceps tendon before the season started.
This team has trudged through the season wrapped in bandages. From the offensive line mixing and matching all year, to quarterback James Franklin dealing with two separate shoulder injuries and a sprained knee, the Tigers have had a very rough introduction to the SEC.
It's been very tough for Mizzou to get its offense off the ground, but it hasn't helped with all of the injuries piling up. It's hard to get continuity when you're constantly having to shuffle things around, and that's exactly what the Tigers have had to do all year long.