Columbia, MO...Look at the two-deep Missouri Tiger football roster and you won’t find Michael Scherer’s name anywhere. Certainly not at linebacker. Andrew Wilson and Will Ebner, two vets for the Missouri Tigers have that wrapped up.
But when the Tigers roar onto the turf for a night battle September 1 versus Southeast Louisiana, expect this MICDS grad to be somewhere on the field. He could well be ticketed for the special teams kick off and receiving units. Or, Gary Pinkel’s offense may call for No. 58 to punch it home in short yardage situations.
In a day when so many players are specialists: strong side safeties, slot receivers, rovers and the like, Scherer is a throw back all around player who adds so much to both sides of the ball.
One year ago, as the ABC League Player of the Year, he amassed 28 TDs for 172 points; 24 TDs on the ground. He rushed for 1,342 yards and recorded 92 tackles in a 14-1 season that came up one game short of a Show-Me Bowl title.
Reporters were massed around Scherer’s freshman roommate, much touted All American wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, reputed the top wide receiver prospect in America.
Scherer took all of this in stride, politely answering the questions like:
Ladue-Frontenac Patch: It has been noted that your position coach (Dave Steckel) has really been riding you.
Michael Scherer: Yes, but that’s a good thing. That way you get better every way and I’m doing everything I can to understand things.
Patch: So where are you getting help.
Scherer: Andrew Wilson and Will Ebner are my big brothers and they’ve helped me out a lot but all the linebackers, the whole team have helped me out. It is a big family here. Nothing really changes from what you heard as a recruit and what it really like here.
Patch: What’s the difference between the ABC League and the Southeast Conference.
Scherer: There’s a lot. The speed, the size, everything. I went back to practice at MICDS a couple of weeks ago when I was off. There’s a lot of differences.
Patch: How do speed levels compare.
Scherer: We worked on speed all summer. All winter, all spring, I didn’t do anything else. You get used to it after a while. You get used to reading the offense and that first quick step is so important. You have to know where you are going and how you are going to react.
Patch: Those George Dawgs will be here Sept 8.
Scherer: “yea, that will be a fun day, that will be good, one of those things that will be monumental for the school and the stadium, the first SEC game ever and a game I will remember forever.
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