The profile of the Missouri Tigers football program got a huge boost late Tuesday night. 2011 preseason 1st-Team All-Big 12 (ESPN) left tackle Elvis Fisher announced via his Twitter account, that he received an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA, and would pass on the chance to play in the NFL for one more season with Mizzou.
"@ElvisFisher72: It's official now! I got my 6th year! #SEC #MIZ #6thYear".
Fisher missed the 2011 season with a devastating knee injury, one that left the blind side of sophomore quarterback James Franklin vulnerable to attack. Mix Fisher in with newly signed offensive lineman Evan Boehm (#2 overall guard, ESPN) and suddenly the Missouri offense may be able to measure up to the SEC competition they will be facing, starting late this summer.
Missouri has been riding high over the past week, securing who many recruiting services have tabbed as the nation's #1 overall recruit in Dorial Green-Beckham. With the return of the Big 12's leading rusher Henry Josey, and the signing of DGB, excitement has been swiftly questioned due to the uncertainty of the offensive line.
You can throw that line questioning out the window.
Missouri's level of competition will be much higher this season, highlighted by games against Georgia, South Carolina, and defending national champion Alabama. The Tigers were only to be returning five offensive starters, tied for dead last in the SEC with Mississippi State. As of Wednesday, however, the snowball of excitement for the 2012 football season continues to roll downhill at a frantic pace.