More athletes are competing on Missouri Southern teams this fall thanks to a new recruitment effort by the Athletics Department and the Office of Admissions. This year’s total number of Missouri Southern football players is 141, compared to 101 last year.

See the 2016 football roster. 

“Having more guys out there helps with many things,” said MSSU Head Football Coach Denver Johnson. “Most of these players will redshirt this fall. Some will play, but just having the numbers speeds up practice and provides depth not only for the varsity squad but also for the scout team.”

A total of 37 total soccer players were on the roster this season, compared to just 18 the year before. “My reasoning for having a larger roster is two-fold,” said MSSU Head Soccer Coach Chris McNaughton. “Injuries occur in college athletics and having a larger roster will allow us to absorb any injuries we incur and continue training and competing.”

See the 2016 soccer roster.

Athletics is routinely the “front porch” for many colleges, said Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman. “It’s no different here and one of our obligations to the university is to drive and grow enrollment,” he said.