A rebound 2017 season for Missouri football begins on Saturday, April 15, with its annual Black & Gold game.
The Tigers are coming off a 4-8 2016 campaign but return most of their firepower on offense to be a team to watch this season. Led by QB Drew Lock, WR J’Mon Moore and RB Damarea Crockett, Missouri looks to be in prime position to once again lead the SEC in total offense. A season ago, the Tigers were the only SEC team to finish with 500 yards per game.
However, the real test resides on defense. Gone are DE Charles Harris, LB Michael Scherer and CB Aarion Penton — the best players from a defense that stumbled after a resurgent 2015.
Missouri replaces key players at every level, and improvement is a must. DeMontie Cross’ defense was 12th in the SEC in points allowed and last in total yards allowed. Fans will have to get acquainted with CB DeMarkus Acy, DE Tre Williams and LB Cale Garrett, who should see more playing time in 2017. They’ll join DT Terry Beckner Jr., S Ronnell Perkins and S Cam Hilton — three players who could lead the defense.
While there won’t be any real action until September, fans refill their optimism for Missouri football beginning on Saturday.
2017 Missouri spring game information
Time: 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT)
Date: Saturday, April 15
Location: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo.
Parking lot information: Lots open at 8 a.m. CT. All lots except Lot B, S and G are free and open to the public.
What TV channel is broadcasting the 2017 Missouri spring game?
The SEC Network will broadcast the game. Check here to find the SEC Network on your local cable provider.
How can I stream the 2017 Missouri spring game online?
Fans can stream the game via WatchESPN.com or on the WatchESPN app.
2017 Missouri spring game preview, what to know
The full breakdown for fans attending Missouri football’s 2017 spring game can be found here.
- Missouri has to replace plenty of production on defense, but unfortunately one of the returning cornerstones will miss the spring game. DE Marcell Frazier suffered a broken arm, but is expected to return for August camp.
- The action won’t just be limited to the players. Throughout the game, fans will be selected to compete on the field in events such as field-goal kicking, punt catching, pass catching and the 40-yard dash. Who knows — maybe you’ll be selected and will impress Barry Odom enough to earn a spot on the team.
- Missouri’s first spring game to be televised in some capacity came in 2008. That was the year following a top-5 finish for the Tigers, and Missouri returned stars Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin, Chase Coffman, William Moore and Sean Weatherspoon. In 2008, Missouri began the season as a top-10 team before a 9-4 finish.
- During the 2016 spring game, QB Drew Lock was 9-of-13 passing for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense, LB Michael Scherer had 6 tackles, 2 for loss.