Missouri defensive end Marcell Frazier was a bright spot for the Tigers during a down season in 2016, recording 7.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss with 33 overall tackles. Entering his senior season, there will be a lot of talk about his team leadership, how he will outdo his performance from last season, and his future as a NFL prospect.
Just don’t expect to hear anything from Frazier himself.
Frazier announced on Tuesday on Twitter that he will not make himself available to any local media during the upcoming season.
While players are often available to the media after certain events such as games and practices, it is not mandatory for a student-athlete to appear or answer any questions.
Shortly after Frazier’s announcement, former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe used Twitter to warn Frazier about the choice not to talk. Moe, who played for the Tigers from 2009-12, totaled a career-high 1,045 yards receiving with six touchdowns during the 2010 season.
It will be interesting to see if Moe’s advice ends up swaying Frazier in any way. As of now, it appears one fewer voice will be available to reflect on Missouri’s upcoming season.