The Missouri Tigers lost starting S Anthony Sherrils to graduation this offseason, and replacing him will be critical to the defense’s success this offseason.

One of the players who could have replaced Sherrils, Ronnell Perkins, has instead changed positions, according to coach Barry Odom.

Per, Perkins is shifting from safety to nickel linebacker, which will allow him to use his hard-hitting ability in the running game more often, as well as in occasional pass-rush situations:

“He does have the ability to help us in a number of different ways,” Odom said. “You find guys who can blitz and get to the quarterback. He’s got the ability to do that.”

Perkins had 27 tackles in eight games last season, but in his new role, he should have many more this fall, as well as a couple of sacks.

There’s no denying Perkins’ athleticism, but now it’s time for him to show what he can do for the Mizzou defense, which needs more playmakers to step up.