October 15, 2021 11:56 pm
Missouri fires defensive line coach Franklin after 5 games

Missouri fires defensive line coach Franklin after 5 games

COLUMBIA. Mo. (AP) — First-year Missouri defensive line coach Jethro Franklin was fired Sunday, one day after Tennessee ran for 452 yards and scored on 10 of 11 offensive possessions in a 62-24 blowout at Faurot Field. Eli Drinkwitz, the

Tigers’ coach, stated in a statement that “a shift in direction at defensive line coach was necessary” and that Al Davis, a defensive analyst will take over as a full-time coach. Last season, Davis was the Illinois defensive tackle coach.

Franklin, who was appointed in January to succeed Brick Haley after his first season as head coach, was replaced by Drinkwitz.

The Tigers have struggled all season under the new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, with the most severe problems being on the ground. They rank 127 last nationally in total defense, and last against the run, allowing 308 yard per game.

The Tigers are 2-5 overall and 0-2 within the SEC. They will play North Texas on Saturday.

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