The Missouri Tigers will be without one of their top receivers as the 2016 season begins.
As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Dave Matter reported on Wednesday, the Missouri Tigers will be without junior wide receiver Nate Brown to begin the 2016 regular season after he suffered a high ankle sprain. There’s a possibility that Brown will need surgery, but regardless of whether he does, he’s expected to miss between six and eight weeks. That could put him on track to return right as the Tigers get into the heart of their conference schedule in early October.
Brown was second on the team in receiving yards (326) and catches (27) last season, trailing J’Mon Moore in both categories. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder led the entire team with four touchdowns. Brown was expected to be one of the Tigers’ starting receivers to begin the season, likely joining up with Moore and Alabama transfer Chris Black to form the base of the Mizzou receiving corps.
With Brown out, Matter relayed that receivers coach Andy Hill expects redshirt sophomore Keyon Dilosa, junior college transfer Dominic Collins, and former walk-on Eric Laurent to push for the vacated starting job. One would think that guys like freshman Dimetrios Mason, who has received rave reviews this summer, redshirt freshman Justin Smith, and sophomore Ray Wingo will likely get expanded chances to contribute.