After a breakout freshman season, the career of defensive end Walter Jones appeared to be on the upswing at Missouri. Then all of the sudden, it wasn’t.
Tigers coach Barry Odom dismissed the defensive end at the start of fall workouts last year due to violating unspecified team rules. But just when it appeared his career might be finished, another door opened for Jones.
“(MTSU coach) Rick Stockstill and (assistant coach) Mike Polly called me,” Brady said according to Daily News Journal. “I wanted a new opportunity, and they gave it to me.
“Nobody else really took the time to look at the situation for what it was. They heard everything. I just want to show that Walter Brady is not a bad guy.”
Brady will receive that chance over the next two years. After sitting out 2016 due to transferring, the defensive end has two years left of eligibility. With that allotted time, he could become one of the best players in Conference USA.
As a freshman in the SEC, he recorded 40 total tackles, including 12.5 for loss, 7.0 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Brady said his dismissal from Missouri stemmed from an incident with a teammate in his apartment. After Brady told his teammate he couldn’t move into his apartment, a fight ensued. It was never reported to the police and the defensive end wasn’t charged with a crime, but the team dismissed him anyway.
One team’s loss, though, is another’s gain. At least Brady hopes to prove that to be true.