What does new DL coach Chris Wilson bring to the table?
As previewed in the title of this piece, what does new Missouri defensive line coach Chris Wilson bring to the table?
In a word, experience.
After his playing days as a linebacker at Oklahoma, Wilson's embarked on a coaching career which has seen him at nine different institutions over a 23-year span. 19 of those 23 years has seen Wilson coaching defensive linemen.
Some of his stops included coaching at Colorado, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Georgia, and Southern Cal. As such, Wilson's undoubtedly built a strong rolodex of high school coaches all throughout the country from which to pull from. This should help to make him a dynamic recruiter.
It will be fascinating to see how Wilson fits into the culture at Missouri. Former defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski had been at the school for 15 years before not being retained by new head coach Barry Odom. Kuligowski not only churned out players to the NFL on virtually an annual basis, but he was also incredibly well liked.
Wilson does have some big shoes to fill, but he also has a lot of toys to play with in regards to the preexisting talent on the roster.
All-conference talents such as Charles Harris, Walter Brady, and Terry Beckner Jr. all return -- as do Rickey Hatley, Harold Brantley, Josh Moore, Josh Augusta, and Nate Howard. The litany of exceptional defensive linemen should help tremendously in Wilson's transition to the school.