Tiger Defense Takes a Big Hit
It's a loss that is difficult to digest.
"There was a bunch of crying. It was kind of emotional," said Sean Weatherspoon.
Missouri senior strong safety Pig Brown played his last game as a Tiger on Saturday when he tore his Achilles tendon in a win over Iowa State. With the injury, Pig's teammates know they have lost a leader and a friend.
"Without him out there we lack. He's the emotional leader of this defense and he's a leader. He's out there on the field making plays. It's definitely going to be tough out there without him," said Weatherspoon.
"I mean, we definitely lose a guy who's been around smashing people every two minutes, you know what I mean? It's hard to talk about because that's one of my best friends. It's just crazy man," said senior defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams.
Unfortunately, the Tigers know this situation all too well. Last season, they were also off to a 6 and 1 start when senior defensive end Brian Smith suffered a broken hip. Missouri went on to lose 3 of it's next 4 games. In order to avoid a repeat of last season, the Tigers know other players have to step up.
"That's why we have depth. Del Howard and stuff like that will step up for us and make big plays and we'll adjust," said quarterback Chase Daniel.
"It's time to step up and become a better leader I guess," said Williams.
And these new leaders don't have much time. With a trip to Colorado less than a week away, new leaders must emerge quickly in order for the Tigers not to lose a shot at the Big 12 championship.
Justin Garrett will replace Pig in this Saturday's showdown against Colorado. Sophomore Del Howard will move to the nickel spot, as a fifth defensive back.