As the Missouri Tigers put the finishing touches on their preparation for their 2012 season opener against Southeastern Louisiana, it's been confirmed that Evan Boehm will become the first true freshmen to start along the offensive line for Head Coach Gary Pinkel, when he lines up at left guard this Saturday.
Boehm came into fall camp "physically ready" to play, according to Coach Pinkel, and he performed well enough to earn a quick promotion to the second team offense. An injury to projected starting left guard, Travis Ruth, early in camp thrust Boehm into a close competition with Max Copeland for the starting job. Then, starting right guard, Jack Meiners, went down during Mizzou's final pre-season scrimmage, a knee sprain that will keep Meiners sidelined for week one. Copeland will slide over into Meiners' right guard spot, and Boehm will handle the left guard position against the Lions, who invade Faurot Field Saturday evening.
"Everybody's excited for it! Everybody's pumped up for it," said Boehm, talking about the season opener.
"Coach Henson and Coach Walker are two of the greatest coaches," explained Boehm. "That's one of the main reasons that I came to Mizzou, because those two right there know what they're doing, know what they're talking about. They have their stuff down."
Boehm talked about how he felt when he first put on his Missouri uniform.
"I think the first time I put on the Missouri helmet, I think that was the first real moment that it really hit me," explained Boehm. "I was like wow! I'm here. This is the big time now, and I've got to work extra hard to prove myself."
Once Meiners returns to the line-up, which could be as soon as week two, Boehm and Copelnad are expected to splits snaps at left guard for Missouri.