Mizzou Hoping for Another Strong D-line

8 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, August 31 2011 Aug 31, 2011 Wednesday, August 31, 2011 2:35:08 PM CDT August 31, 2011 in Tiger Talk
Source: Associated Press
By: Rebecca Dunn

COLUMBIA (AP) -- It's not a rebuilding year for the Missouri defensive line, even after losing a player picked seventh overall in the NFL draft.

Aldon Smith missed three games last year with a fractured right leg but served as an anchor for a squad that ranked first in the Big 12 and sixth nationally in scoring defense. Though he's now with the San Francisco 49ers, the line figures to be a strength for the 21st-ranked Tigers heading into Saturday's opener against Miami of Ohio.

Defensive end Brad Madison was a standout last year even though he made only two starts. Madison had a three-sack game while Smith was out and led the team with 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

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