COLUMBIA — First-year Missouri defensive line coach Jethro Franklin was fired Sunday, one day after Tennessee ran for 452 yards and scored on 10-of-11 offensive possessions in a 62-24 blowout at Faurot Field.
Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said in a statement "a change in direction at the defensive line coach was needed," and defensive analyst Al Davis will move into a full-time coaching role. Davis coached defensive tackles at Illinois last season.
Davis served as the associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Hutchinson Community College from 2018-20. The College Park, Ga., native played defensive tackle at Arkansas from 2008-12 and was a graduate assistant at his alma mater from 2014-16.
Franklin was hired in January to replace Brick Haley, who was replaced by Drinkwitz after his first season in charge.
"Jethro is a professional and man of high character, and we wish him all the best moving forward," Drinkwitz said in the statement.
The Tigers have struggled under new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks all season, and the problems have been especially pronounced on the ground. They are 127th nationally in total defense and last against the run, allowing 308 yards per game.
The Tigers are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the SEC. They play North Texas on Saturday for Homecoming. Game time is 3 p.m.