Missouri DT Terry Beckner Jr. will return for his senior year

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In a stunning move, Missouri defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. announced Friday that he will return his senior year.

Beckner, a former 5-star recruit, has been a 3-year starter at Missouri and undoubtedly the Tigers’ best defensive player. More so, he’s quietly been one of the best interior defensive in the nation. He also tore ACLs twice, first in 2015 (right knee) and then again in 2016 (left knee), ending both seasons prematurely.

Those injuries are what make his decision to return more surprising. While meaningful draft projections have yet to be released, Beckner (6-4, 300-pounds) compares favorably to Sheldon Richardson, the last Missouri defensive tackle to be drafted in the first round.

In 2017, Beckner had 10.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks — tied with Breeland Speaks for the most sacks by an SEC interior lineman. For his career, Beckner has 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss.

He also got the chance to show off his athleticism this year, with an interception and long return against Vanderbilt.

It wasn’t all good news regarding Beckner on Friday, however. He found he didn’t make the cut to three for the Piesman Trophy, given annually to the best “lineman doing decidedly un-lineman things.”

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