Joey Burkett has been in the program for the past three years, but the fact that he was able to edge out talented players like Terez Hall and Brandon Lee for a starting spot this fall is impressive. Mizzou isn’t listing specific linebacker positions on their depth chart this year, but the original plan had been to keep Donavin Newsom in a strongside linebacker role, getting more action in coverage, as a blitzer, and near the line of scrimmage. With Burkett having earned the starting job, though, Newsom might be the better fit to assume Kentrell Brothers’s role on the weakside, so we’ll see how things shake out on Saturday. Whatever the case, Burkett is a player who has the potential to be a fierce, disruptive tackler, and he could be the next in a long line of extremely successful Mizzou linebackers.
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