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Mizzou puts two coaches at head of defensive line

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Mizzou football team announced that two coaches will take the reigns of the defensive line heading into the 2022 season.

Current assistant Al Davis will take over the interior defensive line and former Indiana assistant Kevin Peoples will coach the edge defensive line.

“Al Davis and Kevin Peoples are strong coaches and leaders to work with our defensive line,” head coach Eli Drinkwitz said in a press release on Friday. “They’re experienced individually but also together with their relationship. We made good progress at the line as the season progressed. Our defensive linemen will learn a lot from Al and Kevin.”

Davis was first promoted to the defensive line coach position back in Oct. of 2021, after Drinkwitz fired former assistant Jethro Franklin.

Peoples come to Columbia fresh off a two-year coaching stint with the Indiana Hoosiers. He also spent four seasons as the defensive line coach at Tulane.

“I’m excited to be part of the culture that Coach Drinkwitz is building here at the University of Missouri,” Peoples said in a press release. “Being back in the SEC and working with this group of coaches and staff, including one of my former players, is a strong motivation. I look forward to meeting and working with our student-athletes.”

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Nathalie Jones

Nathalie anchors and reports sports for ABC17. She started working at the station in June 2020.

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