The chances of an improved 2016 Missouri rushing attack took a hit on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a report from KSDK’s Frank Cusumano, 2016 signee Nate Strong will not be with the Tigers football team this fall.
The four-star running back reportedly won’t be ready to join the program until January 2017 due to some academic issues.
Nate Strong the promising Running Back from East St. Louis won't be @MizzouFootball until January 2017. Has some work to do in classroom.
— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) June 1, 2016
It’s a huge blow for a Tigers offense that ranked 120th out of 128 FBS teams in rushing yards per game last season. Missouri battled through injuries to starting running back Russell Hansbrough and netted just 115.4 yards rushing per game in 2015.
Hansbrough has since graduated, leaving Ish Witter (518 yards on 126 carries in 2015) as the top remaining running back.
Strong was rated as the No. 2 junior college running back for the 2016 signing class by 247 Sports, and the No. 15 JUCO player overall. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound rusher hails from East St. Louis, and most recently attended Hines Community College.