Nate Strong’s departure surprised Missouri coach Barry Odom.
On Tuesday morning, a report from Power Mizzou’s Gabe DeArmond surfaced that revealed Strong, a running back, left the Tigers’ program on Sept. 1. As relayed by the Associated Press’ Alec Lewis on Tuesday, the coach said Strong’s decision was “a surprise” to him.
Barry Odom said Nate Strong met with him the Friday before Missouri State: "It was a surprise."
— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) September 12, 2017
Strong had 32 carries for 137 yards with 2 touchdowns for Missouri last season, his first with the Tigers. In the spring, he was suspended for a violation of unspecified team rules. A knee injury also bothered him during his time in Columbia, Mo.
Strong, from East Saint Louis, Ill., was Missouri’s fourth-string running back. The Tigers (1-1) host Purdue at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. The game will be televised on SEC Network.