Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Promising Tailback May Not Return to Mu

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Promising Tailback May Not Return to Mu

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Felix Lindsey, a highly touted redshirt freshman tailback from Georgia, has not reported to the University of Missouri football camp and apparently will not return.

"We've been calling him, and he doesn't return our calls," Mizzou coach Larry Smith said Thursday after the team's annual photo day. "So I just assumed that he has decided to hang it up here."

The Post-Dispatch's attempts to reach Lindsey by telephone also were unsuccessful. Lindsey, 6 feet 1 and 210 pounds, was considered the gem of Bob Stull's final Mizzou recruiting class and was redshirted last year. He dazzled Smith in the spring and was expected to compete with Joe Freeman for a starting position.

"It's uncanny how hard he is to bring down," Smith said after Lindsey gained 169 yards in a spring scrimmage. "I think the sky's the limit for him."

Why the Columbia sky clouded for Lindsey remains uncertain, although Smith had been aware Lindsey was considering not returning.

"I had talked to him during the summer, and he had talked about maybe staying home, maybe transferring," Smith said. "He was woefully homesick. He had a heck of a year last year. His (stepfather) had just passed away in December. . . . He's got some other personal things going on in his life."

If Lindsey were to express an interest in returning, Smith said he could be open to it. Smith also said, if requested, he would grant Lindsey his release from scholarship "because I don't want to make a prisoner of anybody."

Prospecting: Lindsey's no-show notwithstanding, Smith said he believes Mizzou's talent is "right smack-down" the middle among 106 NCAA Division I schools.

"But, see, that doesn't mean that's where we'll finish," he said. "To me . . . there's probably 20 teams, maybe 30 teams, on both sides of that line. So there's a bulk of maybe 60 football teams that could go either way. . . . We're on the bubble; we could go either way."

From what he'd seen of his team so far, on the eve of two-a-day practices, Smith doesn't expect the bubble to burst. …

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