Mizzou Spring Ball Returns From Spring Break

The Missouri Tigers football team returns to the practice field today following a week off during spring break for students and staff. There are some questions still to be answered at several positions with talent competing hard.

The Missouri Tigers football team returns to the practice field today following a week off during spring break for students and staff.

There will be some questions the staff is still working on finding the answers to with two important scrimmages still to come the next two Saturdays, and with spring football concluding with the Black & Gold game on April 19th.

Here is a look at some of the positions that are worth focusing on.

QUARTERBACK

Despite talk of an open QB competition, it appears as though Maty Mauk is clearly considered the front runner for the job of starting quarterback in 2014. At least this spring he is clearly working at the #1 QB at the moment.

How will the depth chart look as they return?

Red-shirt freshman Eddie Printz appears to be highly thought of by the staff and looks to be upwardly mobile as they really like his throwing ability.

Veteran QB Corbin Berkstresser, while improved, has to be looking over his shoulder at Printz coming on.

That leaves Trent Hosick and true freshman Marvin Zanders.

Will Hosick climb the depth chart and get work with the second team unit or higher? If not, it would mean he is not under serious consideration in a QB race.

Zanders has shown a great work ethic and willingness to compete. He will red-shirt and will be in the mix down the road.

Right now, the real competition appears to be for the number two spot at QB.

LINEBACKER

Starter Kentrell Brothers is out the rest of the spring with a shoulder injury. This will allow reps for younger players like Scherer, Beisel, Newsom, Burkett and Lee to show what they can do,

It's likely that Scherer and Darvin Ruise move into first team spots at the MIKE and the SAM.

OFFENSIVE LINE

The first team offensive line has reportedly showed itself well according to coaches.

Mitch Morse's move to LT appears to be working out well along with Connor McGovern at RT.

Mitch Hall seems to have done a nice job settling in at the right guard spot, with Gatti doing the same at LG.

Evan Boehm is an All-SEC caliber center and continues to be the leader and rock of the offensive line.

Depth will be needed, and young players such as Jordan Williams, Taylor Chappell, Clay Rhodes, Michael Fairchild and Alec Abeln could continue to help themselves with strong finishes.

DEFENSIVE BACK

A lot of competition happening at cornerback and safety this spring.

Braylon Webb is the anchor at safety and continues to get better as a player.

Duron Singleton looks like another answer at the safety position if not in the nickel.

Mid-year JUCO transfer Kenya Dennis will hard to keep from moving up with his talents. He could climb cornerback, in the nickel or possibly even to safety if need be. He is truly a talent that will be hard to keep off the field in 2014.

Strong play at cornerback from Aarion Penton, John Gibson, David Johnson, Anthony Sherrils and Logan Cheadle along with Dennis makes that position a strong one.

I have little doubt that the coaching staff will find a combination of the best five to put on the field in their defense for 2014.

TIGHT END

Coach Henson talks about wanting to get the TE more involved in the offense. Sean Culkin is the front runner with Clayton Echard, Jason Reese and Austin Ray competing hard to move up at the position.

Will one or more of those players emerge this spring during practice and scrimmages?

THE REST

The skill positions of running back, wide receiver and the defensive line all look solid. There will be some jockeying for position along the depth chart, but they look pretty set.

The answers to all these questions begin to get answered starting this afternoon.


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