New weapons emerge for MSSU offense

The Lions graduated WR Brian Boyd, Jr. and KeAndre Bledsoe.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern football opened fall practice Monday morning.

The Lions offense in 2022 will have new faces making plays, after the graduation of WR Brian Boyd, Jr. and TE KeAndre Bledsoe.

Boyd was the team’s leading receiver, posting 811 yards and 7 touchdowns on 45 catches. Bledsoe finished 3rd on the team in receiving, with 280 yards and a touchdown on 31 receptions.

Jaedon Stoshak was the team’s #2 receiver behind Boyd last year, picking up 359 yards and 3 touchdowns on 34 catches. The Lions also return JarMichael Cooper (17 rec, 248 yds, 2 TD) and Chris Boudreaux (14 rec, 178 yds, TD) in the wide receiver room.

“Any time you lose two of your top producers of offense it can make an impact, but we had guys waiting in the wings,” says MSSU head coach Atiba Bradley, “At the end of the season we had some guys who were just as good, or maybe better than Brian Boyd. We had some guys that just needed an opportunity. They got that in spring and they ran with it. It’s the same thing in that tight end group. I think we’re more athletic, I think we’re bigger. Now we just have to get some experience and play some games.”