Ben Arnet of the Mizzou Network caught up with former Mizzou and current Tennessee Titans long snapper Beau Brinkley at the Mizzou-Vanderbilt game on Saturday night in Nashville.
Brinkley signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2012 after he spent four years as the starting long snapper for Mizzou. The 6-foot-5 225-pounder joined the Tigers as a freshman walk-on in 2010 and won the long-snapping job for both placekicks and punts in fall camp. He was virtually perfect in his debut season and was named the team’s walk-on player of the year.
He was flawless once again in his second season in Columbia, as his accuracy throughout the year helped first-year kicker Grant Ressel set an NCAA single-season kicking accuracy record for combined kicks. His stellar snaps on the punt team also helped Mizzou rank fourth in the NCAA in team net punting. When it was all said and done, the long snapper one-upped his walk-on player of they year award from the previous season by being named the Tigers’ special teams player of the year for 2011.
Brinkley’s junior and senior years followed the same path, as he continued to contribute as one of the biggest unsung heroes of the football program. The long-snapping ace even showed his athleticism in his final season at the ZOU, recording five tackles to bring his career total to 12.
Brinkley is one of two former Tigers on the Titans’ roster, along with linebacker Zaviar Gooden, who was selected by Tennessee in the third round of last year’s draft. In total, there are currently 20 former Missouri Tigers in the NFL.