Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Scherer Finds Peace with MU Career after Injury

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Scherer Finds Peace with MU Career after Injury

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COLUMBIA, MO. * The worst part about the injury that ended Michael Scherer's college football career isn't the pain he feels in his right knee. It's the absence of pain and the thoughts that follow.

"Even now," the Missouri linebacker said Monday, "the hard part is it doesn't really hurt that bad. I feel like they could tape me up and put me in. But the reality is that wouldn't work."

Nope, not with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn medial collateral ligament. Scherer shredded both bands of tissue on the fourth defensive play of Missouri's loss Oct. 22 to Middle Tennessee, which will go down as the final snap of Scherer's college career. He's scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday.

Scherer, a three-year starter and one of coach Barry Odom's most trusted leaders, met with reporters Monday for the first time since suffering the injury. A lip quivered a few times as he choked back tears.

"Knowing you won't be able to put on the uniform here again, it's tough," said Scherer, who ended his career with 266 tackles. "But when I got a chance to sit back and look at it, I got a chance to do a lot of pretty cool things here. I made it to the SEC championship twice. I had a lot of fun here. I think I've somewhat found peace in knowing that I absolutely did everything I could while I was here. It (stinks) right now, but I'm going to get through it."

MU's 35-21 loss Saturday to Kentucky was the first MU game in which Scherer didn't play since his redshirt season in 2012. Instead, he helped coach the Tigers (2-6, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) from the sideline, working closely with Odom's younger, less experienced linebackers.

Odom opened his weekly news conference Monday with Scherer by his side at the lectern.

"He means the world to me," Odom said, "with all the things he's done for this place."

Scherer won't be able to travel with the team to Saturday's game at South Carolina (4-4, 2-4) but hopes to make the Nov. 19 trip to Tennessee.

Scherer, who graduates in December, plans to pursue an NFL career once his knee heals over the next few months.

"I'm not giving up on anything," the former MICDS standout said. …

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