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Drinkwitz completes coaching staff ahead of Mizzou football spring practices

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Mizzou football coach Eli Drinkwitz completed his coaching staff on Tuesday morning ahead of spring practices.

You can watch Coach Drinkwitz's full news conference in the video player below.

https://youtu.be/3ypw2sh1jWA

Former Tulsa assistant coach Aaron Fletcher will replace David Gibbs as MU's defensive backs coach.

Drinkwitz also created two new positions on his coaching staff. Ryan Russell will be Mizzou's director of performance, and Brett Whiteside will be MU's chief recruiting officer. Both come to Columbia after spending time at Auburn under former head coach Gus Malzahn.

Drinkwitz has also promoted former Mizzou star L'Damian Washington to director of player development.

Mizzou will begin spring practice on Friday, and the Tigers will hold their annual scrimmage on March 20.

Drinkwitz gave an injury report on Tuesday as well.

  • DL Kobie Whiteside - out for spring practice
  • Safety Jalani Williams - out for spring practice
  • LB Cameron Wilkins - out for spring practice
  • DL Jatorian Hansford - out for spring practice

Drinkwitz added wideout JJ Hester is healthy and ready to go. Former QB Shawn Robinson is also now officially a safety for the Tigers.

College Sports / Mizzou Football / Mizzou Tigers

Andrew Kauffman

Andrew Kauffman is ABC 17’s sports director. He started working at the station in 2015.

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