COLUMBIA, Mo. – Eli Drinkwitz has made a change to his defensive workers after Saturday’s debacle in opposition to Tennessee: Line of defense coach Jethro Franklin has been fired, a supply confirmed Sunday. Mizzou plans to advertise present staffer Al Davis to deal with the place for the remainder of the season.
Franklin joined the workers in January to switch Brick Haley, who was fired after the 2020 season. Franklin had been out of teaching final season and spent the 5 prior seasons within the NFL with the Raiders and Seahawks.
The Tigers (2-3, 0-2 SEC) host North Texas (1-3) at 3 p.m. on Saturday to shut out the primary half of the common season. Mizzou ranks among the many worst defenses within the nation in a number of classes and ranks lifeless final in speeding protection, permitting 300.8 yards per recreation.
Franklin got here to Mizzou on a two-year contract via the 2022 season, paying him a assured $400,000 for the 2021 season earlier than incentives. His wage would have elevated to $425,000 for 2022.
Davis had been Illinois’ defensive position coach in 2020 earlier than becoming a member of Mizzou’s workers this 12 months. Davis performed defensive position at Arkansas from 2009-12 then coached there three seasons as a graduate assistant from 2014-16.
All through the offseason, Missouri gamers and coaches referred to as the defensive position the power of the staff primarily based on its depth and expertise, however the group has arguably been the largest disappointment via the Tigers’ 2-3 begin. Defensive finish Trajan Jeffcoat, an All-SEC performer final season, has only one sack and two tackles for loss. Kobie Whiteside, one in all three defensive linemen who returned for the NCAA’s additional 12 months of eligibility, hasn’t been practically as productive as previous seasons.
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