COLUMBIA, MO. • Missouri opened preseason camp last week waiting for the NCAA to allow three junior college transfers to join the team for practices. One down, two to go.
Walter Palmore practiced for the first time Friday and helped replenish a position that still needs some reinforcements. Palmore, originally from Columbus, Ga., came to Mizzou via Eastern Arizona Community College. At 6-4 and 335 pounds, he gives the Tigers much-needed experience along the defensive line.
Mizzou was so thin at the two interior positions last spring that Tigers coach Barry Odom had 265-pound edge rusher Jordan Harold lined up inside. Those days are over as the Tigers continue to add depth with newcomers. Freshman Kobie Whiteside has 304 pounds on a 6-1 frame that’s readymade for the SEC. Palmore, who doesn’t have a redshirt year to spare, should be a lock for the rotation.
“He’s got a chance to be a really good player inside,” Odom said after Monday’s practice. “Not only is he big and can two-gap some things, but he’s got some quickness in short space. He’s going to make some plays.”
“He’s going to be a guy who’s going to help us, give us some run presence inside,” defensive line coach Brick Haley said, “ a guy who can hold the point and keep the ball from gashing us up the field. I’m excited about that.”
The wait continues for two more junior college additions. Defensive tackle Rashad Brandon attended practice Monday in street clothes while MU waits for the NCAA to approve his eligibility. Brandon, who enrolled at MU in…
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