Defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat is no longer on the Missouri football team and is not enrolled at MU, the team announced Saturday moments before the Tigers kicked off against Troy. No reason was provided.
“Trajan Jeffcoat is not presently enrolled at Mizzou and will not be with the football team for the remainder of the season,” said a press release handed out in the press box. “In consideration of student privacy rights, we will not comment further on this matter.”
Both Barry Odom and a university news bureau employee echoed the statement and declined to comment.
Jeffcoat, who was expected to start on the defensive line before fall camp, hasn’t played this season since suffering a sprained elbow on the first day of camp.
Odom said during his Tuesday press conference that the sophomore was progressing well; he wasn’t ruled out for the Troy game at the time. It is not clear if the injury has anything to do with his departure from the program.
Jeffcoat didn’t come out of the tunnel for warmups with his teammates, and he wasn’t seen at all before the game.
This is a developing story and the Missourian is looking into Jeffcoat’s departure further.
Floyd injured on punt return
Missouri punt returner Richaud Floyd injured his hamstring on a punt in the first quarter and did not return to the game. He was spotted on crutches on the sideline in the second half.
Coming into Saturday’s game, Floyd had been averaging 18 yards per return, and had a 71-yard punt return touchdown against Southeast Missouri State.
If Floyd has to miss time, his impact will be felt from more than just what he brings as a returner.
“He is just a positive guy,” cornerback Adam Sparks said. “When he does a good play, everybody is rooting for him because everybody likes him. Everybody loves him as a dude. We just wish for him to do good.”
Ankle injury sidelines Williams
Defensive end Tre Williams did not play against Troy because of a sprained ankle suffered during Wednesday’s practice, Odom said after the game.
“(Williams) probably could have limped around out there, but not at a speed where it would help us,” he said.
Odom said Williams was a game-time decision, but was not completely ready to play.
Williams has recorded three tackles so far this season.
Offensive line mixes things up
Missouri changed its offensive line look again Saturday, as Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms sometimes occupied the left guard position, as opposed to the right like usual. That pitted Wallace-Simms and Yasir Durant on the same side of the line.
“It was a good experience,” Durant said. “We’re still moving people around, trying to find the best five.”
Two of the five starting spots have been rotated and up for grabs over the last few weeks. Larry Borom and Case Cook started over Hyrin White and Bobby Lawrence against Troy, though Odom praised Lawrence’s progress after the game.
“He has really worked extremely hard in the weight room to put his body in a position to play,” Odom said. “It’s important to him and he is going to be a really good player for us here in the next couple years.”
Brick Haley grieves loss of his brother
Defensive line coach Brick Haley’s brother died this week, Odom announced postgame.
“That guy, (Brick) means so much to our program,” Odom said. “For him to stay here and coach and lead and guide and mentor and love our kids says a lot about him. Our prayers are with him and his family.”
Defensive tackle Kobie Whiteside said it means a lot that Haley stayed to coach.
“He goes for his family, but also, we his family too,” Whiteside said. “He felt like his family wanted him to keep doing this, so he stays. He is a true blessing, especially with all the stuff he teaches us and all the life lessons.”
NFL scouts in attendance
Scouts from the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars were in attendance on Saturday.
Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam is considered by some as a potential first-round pick in the NFL Draft.