COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Tigers released their first depth chart since the last week of the 2015 season on Monday after, just before coach Barry Odom spoke with reporters for his weekly press conference.
The first official depth chart includes eight true freshmen — three on offense, three on defense and two on special teams.
Here’s a look at how the new-look Tigers were listed…
QB1 Drew Lock (6-4, 220, Sophomore)
QB2 Marvin Zanders (6-1, 200, Redshirt sophomore)
NOTES: No surprise here. Lock has the experience of starting games at the college level, where Zanders has barely touched the field. But Odom expects both quarterbacks to play, so Zanders will get a chance to show what he can do.
NOTES: The Tigers only listed two running backs on the depth chart, with either possibly being the starter for the season opener. Freshman Damarea Crockett and sophomore Natereace Strong are both expected to get playing time against West Virginia. Ross (Oklahoma transfer), Crockett and Strong will all make their debuts with Missouri on Saturday.
WR1 J'Mon Moore (6-3, 205, Junior)
WR2 Dominic Collins (6-2, 180, Junior)
NOTES: The Tigers basically listed six potential players for three starting spots with the "or" designation for two starting spots. Moore and Black, a graduate transfer from Alabama, are the two most experienced wide receivers on the roster. Collins, Johnson and Mason will all make their Division I debuts against West Virginia.
TE1 Sean Culkin (6-6, 250, Redshirt senior)
NOTES: Culkin has plenty of experience. Reese has more experience than Blanton, but Blanton must have impressed the coaching staff throughout fall camp to earn the "or" designation as the No. 2 tight end. The Tigers moved Tyler Hanneke (6-4, 270, redshirt senior) from defensive end to tight end during fall camp and awarded him with a scholarship over the weekend. True freshmen Albert Okwuegbunam (6-5, 255) and Brendan Scales (6-4, 250) could factor into the mix at some point if needed but look likely to redshirt.
LT1 Tyler Howell (6-8, 320, Junior)
LT2 Kyle Mitchell (6-5, 330, Sophomore)
LG1 Kevin Pendleton (6-4, 335, Redshirt sophomore)
LG2 Trystan Castillo (6-4, 320, Freshman)
C1 Sam Bailey (6-4, 295, Redshirt sophomore)
RG1 Alec Abeln (6-3, 305, Redshirt junior)
RG2 Adam Ploudre (6-4, 315, Redshirt junior)
RT1 Paul Adams (6-6, 315, Redshirt sophomore)
RT2 Tre'Vour Simms (6-5, 350, Freshman)
NOTES: The starting five averages out to 314 pounds per person, compared to an average of 302 pounds for the starting five in the season opener a year ago. In 2014 the average weight going into the season opener was 308 pounds. Abeln is the only member of the starting five who has ever started a Division I game before.
DE1 Jordan Harold (6-2, 265, Junior)
DE2 Spencer Williams (6-3, 250, Redshirt sophomore)
DT1 Rickey Hatley (6-4, 320, Redshirt senior)
DT2 Terry Beckner Jr. (6-4, 290, Sophomore)
DT1 A.J. Logan (6-2, 325, Redshirt junior)
DT2 Josh Augusta (6-4, 355, Senior)
DE1 Charles Harris (6-3, 260, Redshirt junior)
DE2 Marcell Frazier (6-5, 260, Redshirt junior)
NOTES: Each of these eight players could play quite a bit in rotations. Augusta started every game last season. Harold is a walk on who transferred from Division II Northwest Missouri State. Harold, Williams and Frazier were all competing for the starting spot occupied by Walter Brady for most of 2015. Josh Moore, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound sophomore, could see time at defensive end after playing defensive tackle a year ago. Sophomore Nate Howard (6-4, 240) is another possibility at defensive end. Freshman defensive end Tre Williams (6-5, 250) and freshman defensive tackle Markell Utsey (6-4, 290) could also see action.
LB1 Donavin Newsom (6-2, 240, Redshirt senior)
LB2 Terez Hall (6-2, 225, Sophomore)
LB1 Michael Scherer (6-3, 235, Redshirt senior)
LB2 Cale Garrett (6-3, 230, Freshman)
LB1 Joe Burkett (6-2, 225, Redshirt junior)
LB2 Brandon Lee (6-2, 225, Redshirt sophomore)
NOTES: Scherer and Newsom are the two returning starters and the players who see the most action. Burkett won the third starting spot over Lee and Hall with his consistent play throughout the spring and fall camp. The second-string LBs are all candidates to make an impact on special teams.
CB1 John Gibson (6-0, 195, Redshirt senior)
CB2 Logan Cheadle (5-10, 180, Junior)
CB1 Aarion Penton (5-10, 195, Senior)
SS1 Anthony Sherrils (6-0, 205, Redshirt junior)
SS2 Ronnell Perkins (6-0, 200, Redshirt freshman)
FS1 Thomas Wilson (5-10, 195, Junior)
FS2 Cam Hilton (6-0, 190, Sophomore)
NOTES: Gibson and Wilson are the new starters after the graduation of cornerback Kenya Dennis and free safety Ian Simon. Gibson won the spot over Cheadle and redshirt freshman T.J. Warren, who missed time in fall camp because of an injury after ascending to the No. 1 spot in the spring. Acy came to Missouri as a safety but has proven to be a versatile player capable of handling several spots. He and Holmes are players to watch for the future and both bring size, speed and ballhawking ability. JUCO transfer Greg Taylor (5-10, 200, sophomore) could also factor into the mix at safety at some point.
PK1 Tucker McCann (6-0, 195, Freshman)
PK2 Turner Adams (6-0, 205, Junior)
H Jake Brents (6-3, 210, Redshirt senior)
LS Jake Hurrell (6-3, 230, Redshirt senior)
KR1 Alex Ross
KR2 Greg Taylor (5-10, 200, Sophomore)
KR3 Damarea Crockett (5-11, 220, Freshman)
P Corey Fatony (5-11, 205, Sophomore)
PR1 Johnathon Johnson
PR2 Chris Black
NOTES: Odom said Monday that McCann or Adams could handle the placekicking duties from week to week, depending on how each performs during warmups. Ross earned All-America recognition as a kick returner in 2014, at Oklahoma, when he returned two kicks for touchdowns. The three players listed at kick returner and two players listed at punt returner will all make their debuts with the Tigers. Missouri struggled in both areas in 2015.
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