Hall looks to step up for MU’s linebacker core | National – California News

Hall looks to step up for MU’s linebacker core | National – California News

Junior linebacker Terez Hall wants the Missouri defense to be nasty, and he’s not afraid to talk about it. He doesn’t want the unit to let anything slide.

For someone with such a hard-nosed mindset, one of Hall’s favorite video games makes sense.

“Any Mizzou fan that want to try me on ‘Mortal Kombat,’ I can come destroy you right here,” he joked after practice Tuesday. “Easy.”

Hall talks a big game when it comes to the fighting video game, and he has high expectations for Missouri’s linebackers in 2017.

After collecting 20 tackles as a sophomore, Hall is listed on the depth chart as one of Missouri’s starting linebackers. It’s a fairly inexperienced group — of the three listed starters, only Eric Beisel earned starts for the Tigers in 2016 — but the linebackers have not shied away from setting the bar high. Beisel said he expects the group to be “the most elite unit in the nation.”

“We all get in there and watch film together, we all work out together,” Beisel said earlier in camp. “We’ve been doing a lot of extra things together. … We’ve tightened that bond.”

Hall will be a central part of the unit, and his role has changed from last season. Coach Barry Odom said the coaches moved Hall into more of an interior linebacker position, which he said suits the junior better than playing in space.

Though the linebackers might lack experience, Hall expects his position group to have depth in 2017. He is pleased with how the unit has looked in practice.

“Every day, you have to go out there and compete,” he said, “or you have to get your spot…

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