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By Eric Lee Columbia Daily Tribune

Missouri’s Terez Hall has big shoes to fill at weakside linebacker this season.

As coach Barry Odom acknowledged after Wednesday’s practice, the likes of Michael Scherer, Kentrell Brothers and Sean Weatherspoon have played weakside linebacker for the Tigers in the past. During their time at Missouri, those three totaled 266, 357 and 406 tackles, respectively.

“It’s always been a productive spot for us,” Odom said.

Even under ordinary circumstances, stepping in at weakside linebacker would not be an easy task.

Odom looks for a lot of things out of the position. He said it takes someone who is a good tackler, can cover the pass and possesses speed and instincts, especially because they play on the short side of the field, where a lot of action happens.

“All the action that you get into the boundary, they need to be a productive tackler,” Odom said. “And, in the pass game, most of the throws in college football for us are into the boundary side.”

But Hall has to do more than just fill the spot. He has to change positions to do so.

The junior linebacker spent his first two years on the strong side, behind recent graduate Donavin Newsom. While his playing time was limited, Hall played in 22 games and posted 27 tackles. This year, with Newsom and Scherer gone, Hall has moved to weakside linebacker, where he will play a major role for the Tigers defense.

Odom said it’s a lot different than playing in the middle of the defense, but Hall has yet to experience that.

“It ain’t too much different,” Hall said. … “It’s just a little less running. Everything in the Will position happens a whole lot faster because you’re in the boundary. The Sam is a bit little wider, so you’ve got a whole lot of room to work with. But other than that, it’s basically the same thing, just one is wider than the other.”

The transition has been a smooth one, thanks to Hall’s ability to play all three linebacker positions, the Sam, Mike and Will.

“He’s done well,” Odom said when asked about the position switch. … “He’s got the football IQ to do all three, so that’s really positive for our defense.”

“He’s picking up where he left off,” defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross said. “We’ve got to continue to build confidence in him. It’s still new to him, but he’s done a really good job as far as manning that position, being physical, and I like his style of play.”

Physicality is nothing new for Hall, who is known for his tenacity.

“I love the inside,” Hall said. “You know how I play. I play hard-nosed, downhill.”

Cross has gone as far to call him and fellow linebacker Eric Beisel the defense’s one-two punch, something Hall and Beisel acknowledged.

“We’ve been a one-two punch since I got here,” Hall said.

“He’s one of the most explosive players on the field,” Beisel said. … “He belongs in there with me, knocking dudes up.”

In addition to a position change this offseason, Hall has had a mind-set change as well.

“Last year, I was more focused on myself,” Hall said. “Now I’m buying into the team, love your brother, go hard and everything.”

Hall said this has helped him grow and develop into a “savage” on defense. He believes the team-first mentality that the Tigers have bought into this offseason will translate to wins.

Even with a team-first mentality, expectations are high for Hall as an individual.

“We call him the GOAT,” Beisel said. “That’s something we want to speak into existence.”

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