HOOVER, Ala. — It’s safe to say it has been a long road to recovery for Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley.
The 6-foot-3 defensive lineman who earned honorable mention on the 2014 All-SEC team missed the entire 2015 season after suffering serious injuries in a car accident.
But it wasn’t until Missouri coach Barry Odom’s Wednesday appearance at SEC Media Days that many found out the lengths Brantley has gone to in his attempt at a full recovery.
According to information provided by ESPN.com’s Edward Aschoff, the numbers on Brantley’s surgeries and subsequent weight fluctuation were staggering:
Barry Odom said DL Harold Brantley had five surgeries after his car accident last year and is at 270 pounds. Last year he was listed at 290 pounds. Odom said that at one point Brantley was under 200 pounds. Brantley lost nearly 100 pounds after his accident.
Brantley hopes to play for Missouri in 2016, and Tigers senior linebacker Michael Scherer believes it will not only happen, but that Brantley will be as good as he was prior to the injury.
“Harold has worked extremely hard,” Scherer told SEC Country. “999 times out of 1,000, whoever it is who had that injury would never be playing again, less yet maybe walking. But Harold has the attitude that nothing is going to beat him, nothing is going to stop him.
“Obviously there’s been roadblocks in the way, there’s been things to get over, there’s been tough times in his rehab, but he’s so persistent and he’s so set on getting what he wants that he’s going to be back like he never left, I think.”
Brantley recorded five sacks and seven tackles for loss as a part of the SEC East Division championship team in 2014.