Mizzou players often talk about more than just football. Recently, the topic of who players considered to be their heroes came up at a team meeting led by first-year head coach Barry Odom.

Freshman LB Cale Garrett named senior LB Michael Scherer as one of his personal heroes, according to KansasCity.com:

“We got the usual responses you’d expect, like LeBron James and guys like that,” Odom said. “We get to Cale, and he said Michael Scherer — and he’s dead serious. That’s pretty cool, and that’s a good guy to look up to.”

Garrett explained why he looks up to Scherer, citing both on and off the field aspects of the senior’s personality:

“Scherer’s definitely my role model and big brother … ,” Garrett said. “(It’s) just his ability to read the game and how he lives his life on and off the field. You’ll see him with Coach Odom’s sons sometimes. They’ll run up to him and give him a big hug or a handshake. That’s kind of the guy I want to be like. He’s a really good football player, but off the field people want to be around him, too. I think that’s really cool.”

Garrett, in 10 college games thus far, has recorded 37 tackles, including four for a loss. Though Scherer is out for the year with a knee injury, he must be happy seeing the freshman excel.